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Title: The Advanced Placement Program


1
The Advanced Placement Program
  • Hamilton High School
  • Chandler, AZ

2
EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE
  • HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL IS COMMITTED TO ALLOWING ALL
    STUDENTS TO SUCCESS-FULLY PREPARE FOR COLLEGE
    THROUGH THE AP/HONORS PROGRAM.
  • AP/HONORS PROGRAMS, THROUGH RICH COURSE
    MATERIAL, CLASSROOM DISCUSSIONS, AND DEMANDING
    ASSIGNMENTS . . . CAN HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP THE
    CONTENT MASTERY AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
    EXPECTED IN COLLEGE.

3
IS MY STUDENT READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF
HONORS/AP?
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL HONORS/AP STUDENTS
  • THEY HAVE A GENUINE LOVE OF LEARNING, AN INTEREST
    IN THE SUBJECT MATTER, AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.
  • THEY HAVE GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS.
  • THEY ARE WILLING TO WORK HARD AND PUT FORTH THEIR
    BEST EFFORT.

4
Number of AP Scholars 2000-2013
5
Hamilton AP Total Exams 2000-2013
6
College Credit Opportunities
  • Students can earn college credit through
  • Dual Credit enrollment
  • AP exams.
  • HHS does not grant college credit.
  • It is granted by the college or university that
    the student attends
  • Teachers can give you general information on
    these programs, and will advise which courses
    have which options available.

7
College Credit Opportunities (Cont.)
  • Contact the universities that your student is
    considering attending for their current policies.
  • You can find a information relating to acceptance
    of AP and CLEP at http//apps.collegeboard.com/apc
    reditpolicy/index.jsp

8
College Credit Opportunity (Cont.)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses give you a head
    start on college. Taking the end-of-course AP
    Exam sends a powerful message to colleges and
    universities.

9
Prepare Now to Succeed in College
  • A U.S. Department of Education study found that
    the strongest predictor of college graduation is
    something students do before they ever go to
    college Participate in rigorous, college-level
    courses in high schooland AP courses in
    particular.
  • Clifford Adelman, Answers in the Tool Box
    Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and
    Bachelors Degree Attainment (1999), U.S.
    Department of Education.

10
AP and College Success
Students who take AP courses and exams are much
more likely than their peers to complete a
bachelors degree in four years or less. Source
Camara, Wayne (2003). College Persistence,
Graduation, and Remediation. College Board
Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY College
Board.
11
Whats the difference between AP and honors?
  • AP courses are designed and updated annually to
    reflect whats being taught in cutting-edge
    college courses.
  • Students receive an external evaluation the AP
    Examwhich is scored by college faculty from
    around the world who verify that the student has
    mastered college-level studies.
  • In most disciplines, honors classes prepare
    students for the rigors of AP classes.

12
Why take the AP Exam?
  • Most of the nations colleges and universities,
    plus colleges and universities in 24 other
    countries, grant students admission, credit,
    and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam grades.
  • For example, at schools from Princeton to ASU,
    students can use qualifying AP Exam grades to
  • Graduate in three or three-and-a-half years
  • Enter upper-level courses
  • Fulfill a foreign language requirement

13
Save money
  • If you earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, you
    can receive credit for the equivalent course at
    thousands of colleges and universities
  • I took AP throughout high school because it was
    the most interesting and well-taught program
    offered. When I reached college, I realized that
    I had accumulated a years worth of credits. I
    graduated from Michigans undergraduate business
    school a full year early, saving 30,000 and a
    years time.
  • Nikki Baker, University of Michigan

14
Why should I take the AP Exam even if Im not
looking to earn credit or placement?
  • Stand out in the admissions process
  • Earn academic scholarships and awards
  • Experience a college-level test
  • It is a standard, objective method to measure
    academic success.

15
Stand out in the admissions process
  • One of the best standard predictors of academic
    success at Harvard is performance on Advanced
    Placement Examinations.
  • William R. Fitzsimmons Dean of Admissions,
    Harvard University
  • AP Exams affirm the rigor of a students course
    work. Though admissions policies vary, if I were
    a student, I wouldnt assume that the college of
    my dreams didnt care about AP Exams in the
    admissions process.
  • Bruce Walker, Director of Admissions University
    of Texas at Austin

16
Factors Influencing Admission Decisions2001 These
are the most frequently cited decision-making
criteria, in descending order of importance
Grades in college prep classes (80.4)
Admission test scores (51.7) Grades in all
subjects (44.8) Class rank (30.5)
Essay/writing sample (20.3) Counselor
recommendation (17.4) Teacher recommendation
(16.3) Interview (10.8) Community Service
(8.2) Work/extracurricular (6.4)
NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2001
17
Earn academic scholarships or awards
  • Some of the most competitive scholarship awards
    value AP Exam grades
  • Having the AP Exam grade can make the difference
    when it comes down to awarding precious
    scholarship dollars.
  • Edwina Harris Hamby, Dean of Admission Fisk
    University

18
Who should take AP courses and exams?
  • Our school uses the AP Programs official policy
    for AP enrollment, which indicates that all
    willing students should be considered for
    admis-sion to AP courses. We believe in equity
    and excellence.

19
AP vs IB
Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate (IB)
Mostly US - more academic than philosophical International - emphasis on global perspectives
Students choose AP courses that fit their strengths and are independent of one another. Courses are offered in English, math, science, foreign language, history, and fine arts. The IB Program is a course of study, encompassing six areas English, history, science, foreign language, math, and an IB -approved elective. Students also take a Theory of Knowledge class, write a senior research project (i.e. the Extended Essay), and complete 150 CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) hours.
Graded in U.S. Graded world-wide
Score (1-5) hinges on the exam. Scores of 3 5 are typically recognized for college credit. Each college has different score requirements. Many factors, such as papers, orals and projects, in addition to the written exam, determine the final score (1-7). Students must receive a minimum of 24 points in order to receive the IB Diploma. IB Diplomas are awarded in Oct. after high school graduation.
20
AP courses offered at HHS
  • Hamilton High School offers 21 Advanced Placement
    Courses in various disciplines including
  • English (Language Composition, Literature)
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish Language Spanish
    Literature, French, German Chinese)
  • Mathematics (Calc AB BC, Calc 3, Statistics,
    Linear Algebra/Discrete Mathematics)
  • Fine Arts (Music Theory, Art History Studio
    Art)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social Studies (Human Geography, Psychology, U.S.
    History, U.S. Government, Economics, American
    Studies)

21
NEW COURSE OFFERING
  • Hamilton now offers AP Computer Science A
  • Hamilton currently offers over 50 sections of
    Advanced Math

22
Whats the cost of taking an AP course?
  • There is NO fee to take an AP course.
  • There is a 95.00 Exam Fee

23
AP Exam Fee Assistance
  • For students with financial need, the College
    Board reduces the exam fee.
  • Scholarship and other Hamilton AP program
    funding is available. Contact any AP teacher for
    additional information.

24
Interested?
  • See any of the following for more information
  • Chris Farabee, AP Coordinator and Administrator
  • Jim Clark, Holly Kain Renee Stafford, AP
    Faculty Advisors
  • Any Honors or AP Teachers See them in our Hall
    of Honors tonight.
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