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Title: Gladstone Secondary School Advanced Placement and the AP International Diploma Programme Give yourself credit


1
Gladstone Secondary School Advanced
Placement and the AP International
Diploma Programme Give yourself credit
2
What is Advanced Placement?
  • Advanced Placement is a programme of university
    and college level courses and examinations for
    high school students. It is administered by the
    College Board, headquartered in New York
    (www.collegeboard.com/ap) with a Canadian office
    in Victoria, BC. An Advanced Placement course
    offers university level content to students at a
    high school level. Advanced Placement courses are
    administered by the American College Board and
    are taught in over 13,000 schools worldwide. Over
    1.8 million AP exams in 19 subject areas are
    administered and graded according to rigorous AP
    standards by 6,000 university professors and
    experienced AP teachers. Each AP exam is given a
    grade on a five point scale
  • 5 - extremely well qualified (credit given for
    first year course)
  • 4 well qualified (credit given for first year
    course)
  • 3 qualified
  • 2 possibly qualified
  • 1 no recommendation

3
  • AP A World-Class
  • Academic Experience
  • Students who take AP courses and exams are
    immersed in university-level learning while still
    in secondary school. The Advanced Placement
    Program, a rigorous academic program administered
    at secondary schools worldwide, offers more than
    30 university-level courses and exams.
  • AP is recognized by universities around the world
    as a standard of academic excellence.
    Universities offer advanced placement, credit, or
    both, and/or recognize AP in their admission
    process.
  • AP is more than just a class and an exam its a
    community of students and educators who are
    passionate, curious, and committed to learning
    and to academic excellence. In an AP classroom,
    the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures.
    Instead, students engage in intense discussions,
    solve problems collaboratively, think critically
    and creatively, approach key topics from multiple
    perspectives, and learn to write clearly and
    persuasively skills needed to succeed at the
    university level and in todays global society.

4
Why should students take AP?
  • enrichment, challenge, preparation, and
    recognition
  • Students in AP courses study topics in greater
    depth, enhancing their intellectual development.
    The AP programme acts as an international marker
    against which students can measure their
    educational progress. Because AP courses teach
    first year university material, students may
    achieve advanced academic standing or equivalent
    credits at participating universities. Students
    who achieve scores of 4 or 5 can receive credit
    at many universities in Canada, the United
    States, and overseas. This head start not only
    gives students the opportunity to complete their
    degree faster but also save some tuition fees.

5
  • Facts about AP
  • AP is the most widely used academic program in
    the world, with more than 17,000 schools
    participating in AP, including more than 1,000
    schools in 116 countries outside the United
    States.
  • AP goes beyond advanced-level or honours
    courses AP offers secondary school students
    university-level courses and exams that are
    aligned with core introductory courses at
    universities.
  • AP Exams assess university-level concepts and
    skills necessary for success in post-secondary
    studies.
  • AP courses and exams are developed and scored by
    university faculty from around the world, and
    reflect the educational practices of leading
    higher education institutions.
  • AP is the only university-level program for
    secondary schools supported by research conducted
    by various colleges, universities, and
    organizations. Studies consistently show that
    students who take an AP course and who receive a
    score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically
    experience greater academic success and higher
    university graduation rates than their non-AP
    peers.

6
  • AP promotes global perspectives and competencies
    with courses and exams in subjects such as world
    history, environmental science, and comparative
    government and politics, among others. In
    addition, courses such as AP Art History and AP
    English Literature and Composition also include
    and encourage global perspectives.
  • AP is modular. Students can take and benefit from
    just one individual course or from multiple AP
    courses and exams.
  • AP is flexible. Internationally mobile students
    can take AP courses and exams at schools around
    the world. There is no need to complete a
    multi-year programme in one school.
  • AP helps students qualify for scholarships. A
    recent College Board survey showed that a
    substantial percentage of colleges and
    universities look at students AP experience when
    determining scholarships.

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  • Universities worldwide value and recognize AP
    experience
  • Regardless of whether a student takes an AP Exam
    in California, Cameroon, Canada, China or
    Colombia, in the eyes of an experienced admission
    officer or university faculty, success on an AP
    Exam demonstrates mastery of university level
    concepts and skills within a particular
    discipline.
  • AP is widely recognized. More than 3,600
    universities around the world receive AP Exam
    scores.
  • Students who achieve scores of 4 or 5 can receive
    credit at many universities in Canada, the United
    States, and overseas.
  • All Canadian colleges and universities offer
    advanced placement, credit or both for successful
    AP Exam scores.
  • For information about credits offered at
    various institutions in British Columbia, visit
    bctransferguide.ca/advanced/. For
    information about credits offered at institutions
    worldwide visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testi
    ng/ap/intad.html.

8
Some benefits of an AP Programme
  • for high schools
  • it enhances the quality of the curriculum
  • it challenges academically capable students
  • it gives the university preparatory programme a
    reputation for high quality and standards

9
Some benefits of an AP Programme
  • for students
  • it provides university credit for courses taken
    in high school (and saves on tuition costs)
  • it develops the analytical and study skills
    required to succeed in university courses
  • it motivates students to undertake more
    challenging work
  • it sets students on a more likely path to
    university graduation

10
  • How do students enroll in AP courses?
  • Once students decide to take an AP course, its
    easy to enroll.
  • Students can talk to an AP teacher, their school
    counsellor, or the AP Coordinator about the
    courses they want to take, the course workload,
    and any preparation they might need for these
    university-level courses.
  • Students who are home-schooled or who attend a
    school that does not offer AP can still
    participate. Each year hundreds of students
    participate through independent study and take AP
    Exams in May. In addition, although some schools
    do not offer AP courses, they may provide
    students with the option to take AP Exams.
  • AP Exams are ordered by and administered in
    secondary schools around the world.

11
AP Courses and Exams current Gladstone AP
courses future AP courses
Arts Mathematics Computer Science Art
History Calculus AB Music Theory Calculus
BC Studio Art Drawing Computer Science A
Studio Art 2-D Design Statistics Studio Art
3-D Design English Sciences English
Language Composition Biology English
Literature Composition Chemistry Environ
mental Science Physics B Physics C
Electricity/Magnetism Physics C
Mechanics History Social Sciences World
Languages Comparative Government Chinese
Language Culture European History French
Language Human Geography German
Language Macroeconomics Japanese Language
Culture Microeconomics Latin Vergil US
Government Politics Spanish Language US
History Spanish Literature World History
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The Advanced Placement International Diploma
  • The APID is available as an option for all
    students who participate in AP outside of the
    United States and U.S.-based students who send a
    score report to an international university.
  • The APID demonstrates to universities a students
    global outlook and high academic achievement
    across several disciplines.
  • Students can earn an APID by receiving a score of
    3 or higher on the required combination of five
    AP Exams.
  • Two AP Exams from two different languages
    selected from English and/or world languages.
  • One AP Exam designated as offering a global
    perspective Comparative Government and
    Politics, Human Geography, or World
    History.
  • One exam from the sciences or mathematics
    content areas.
  • One (or two) additional exam(s) from among
    any content areas except English and
    world languages.

13
English 12 Advanced Placement Literature
and Composition
  • A tradition of
  • Academic Excellence
  • Academic Enrichment

14
Give Yourself Credit
  • Advanced Placement
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Offered by Gladstones
  • English Department
  • Is this course for you?
  • Would you like to know more about it?

15
Some comments about AP English by recent
Gladstone graduates
  • In many ways, I feel as if English AP has given
    me an advantage over other students in that I
    have had experience in writing at university
    standards. It has also increased my ability to
    think critically about written works and as an
    acting student, I find this extremely useful. I
    would recommend English AP to anyone wanting to
    attend any form of higher education, no matter
    what youre planning to study.
  • Emily S. (University of Essex, England)
  • Being apprehensive about taking an AP course, I
    soon realized that this course inspired me to
    continue learning outside the classroom. For me,
    the course taught me to look at things in a new
    light. Im really glad I took it.
  • Kim N. (UBC, Commerce)
  • I liked English AP not because of what it meant
    in terms of post-secondary, but because it was
    informative and entertaining. I learned a lot.
  • Marisa L. (SFU, General Studies)
  • Even though I planned on pursuing a science
    degree at university, AP was a great way of
    preparing me for my English requirements.
  • Jason K. (UBC, Science)

16
Most recent Gladstone AP English results -- 2012
  • Number of students writing exam globally 369,285
  • Number of Gladstone students writing exam 21
  • Percentage receiving a mark of 3 (pass) or
    better
  • Globally 56.7 Gladstone 85.7
  • Over-all performance distribution
  • Lowest fourth second fourth
    third fourth top fourth
  • Gladstone 9.5 19
    33.3 38.2
  • Global 25 25
    25 25

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Most recent Gladstone AP English results -- 2011
  • Number of students writing exam globally 358,525
  • Number of Gladstone students writing exam 38
  • Percentage receiving a mark of 3 or better
  • Globally 57.1 Gladstone 68.4
  • Over-all performance distribution
  • Lowest fourth second fourth
    third fourth top fourth
  • Gladstone 15.8
    18.4 31.6 34.2
  • Global 25 25
    25 25

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To succeed, AP English students must
  • be able to read with careful attention to detail
  • be confident in class discussions and oral
    expression
  • be able to listen and participate in the
    thoughtful exchange of ideas
  • take responsibility for reading and writing
    assignments without relying on outside help
  • be able to accept and offer constructive
    criticism
  • be able to accept and offer questions for which
    there are no clear answers
  • possess writing abilities which demonstrate
    control of mechanics, grammar, usage,
    organization, diction, and syntax
  • seek out challenges and new concepts
  • possess a respect and regard for literature,
    composition
  • demonstrate a passion for learning
  • be willing to have fun

19
Advanced Placement Literature and
Composition at Gladstone Secondary

It's a great choice!
For further information, contact Ray Guraliuk,
English Department Head (rguraliuk_at_vsb.bc.ca)
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