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Adv academics curriculum night presentation 2011 2012



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  • **For the purposes of this study, “selective” institutions were defined as those where less than 70 percent of applicants were admitted, the mean SAT score was 1025 or higher, and mean ACT score was 22 or higher.
  • * Of the remaining 73% of students who do not complete a bachelor’s degree in four years, approximately 25% earn a bachelor’s degree in 5 or 6 years, approximately 25% drop out or take more than 6 years to earn a bachelor’s degree, and approximately 23% transfer to another college or university, with typically lower graduation rates than students who do not transfer.


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  • 2. at West Potomac High School
  • 3.
    • Advanced Placement Program ® (AP ® ) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses
    • At the end of course, students take AP Exams —standardized exams that measure how well students have mastered college-level course work.
    • Students who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.
  • 4.
    • AP courses can be challenging, but it’s work that pays off.
    • AP courses are often the most interesting and fulfilling courses a student takes in high school.
    • AP teachers are among the most prepared, dedicated, and inspiring teachers at their schools.
    • Students develop confidence, and learn the study habits and time management skills essential for success in college.
  • 5.
    • Colleges rank “Grades in college prep courses” and “Strength of curriculum” as the top two factors in the admission decision.*
    • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.**
    “ We look favorably on students who have taken AP courses. The presence of AP courses is a sign that a student has chosen to challenge him/herself.” — Admission Officer * 2009 State of College Admission , NACAC ** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007
  • 6.
    • More than 3,200 colleges and universities offer credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP Exam scores. This includes more than 90 percent of four-year U.S. colleges and universities.
    • Credit : Students earn points toward their college degrees
    • Advanced placement : Students can skip introductory courses, enter higher-level classes, and/or fulfill general education requirements.
    “ One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations.” — William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Harvard University
  • 7.
    • Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.
    • Only one in four students who enter college complete a bachelor’s degree in four years.*
    • A recent study** showed that students taking AP courses and exams were much more likely to earn a college degree in four years.
    • For example, AP English Literature students had four-year college graduation rates that were 62% higher than students that had not taken AP English Literature.
    • * IPEDS database, 2008
      • ** Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, “College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences.” The College Board, 2008.
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    • 31% of colleges and universities consider a student’s AP experience when making decisions about which students will receive scholarships.*
    “ Having the AP Exam score can make the difference when it comes down to awarding precious scholarship dollars.” — Edwina Harris Hamby, former Dean of Admission, Fisk University * Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007
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    • For more information about AP courses and exams visit
  • 10.
    • Alex Amico, Junior
    • Aileen Fagan, Senior
    • Margaret Grady, Senior
    • Christine Gannon, Senior
    • Dale Lescher, Senior
    • Emily Ann Key, Senior
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    • West Potomac is a PLC School: Working collaboratively, teachers can structure common activities, interventions, and instruction based on analysis of assessments.
    • Advanced Academics Mentoring Program: Underclassmen students in advanced courses are invited to be mentored by upperclassmen with experiences in taking similar courses, providing advice on time management and study skills.
    • Summer AP Boost Camp: Students have the opportunity to work with AP teachers on essential skills pertaining to the major content areas, in an effort to start the school year off on the right foot.
  • 13.
    • Break-Out Sessions:
      • 7:40-7:50: Session 1 (World History7:40-8:00)
        • Counseling and Course Registration Info- Remain in Auditorium to meet with Counselors and Administrators
      • 7:55-8:05 : Session 2
      • 8:10-8:20 : Session 3 (World History8:10-8:30)
      • 8:25-8:35 : Session 4
      • 8:40-8:50 : Session 5
  • 14.
    • All registration materials are located on the WPHS website through the Student Services office on-site:
    • Further information on Advanced Academic Programs can be found on the FCPS website:
  • 15.
    • Alex Case
      • Assistant Principal
      • [email_address]
    • Allison Satterwhite
      • Advanced Academics Coordinator
      • [email_address]
    • See the WPHS website for additional faculty/staff contact information, as well as Advanced Academics information