at West Potomac High School
Advanced Placement ProgramAdvanced Placement Program®®
(AP(AP®®
)) coursescourses areare
college-level courses offered in ...
AP courses can be challenging,AP courses can be challenging,
but it’s work that pays off.but it’s work that pays off.
AP ...
 Colleges rank “Grades inColleges rank “Grades in
college prep courses” andcollege prep courses” and
“Strength of curricu...
More than 3,200 colleges andMore than 3,200 colleges and
universities offer credit oruniversities offer credit or
advanced...
Students who take AP courses and exams areStudents who take AP courses and exams are
much more likely than their peers to ...
31%31% of colleges andof colleges and
universities consider auniversities consider a
student’s AP experiencestudent’s AP e...
 For more information about AP courses and
exams visit
www.collegeboard.com/apstudentswww.collegeboard.com/apstudents
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 Alex Amico, JuniorAlex Amico, Junior
 Aileen Fagan, SeniorAileen Fagan, Senior
 Margaret Grady, SeniorMargaret Grady, ...
 West Potomac is a PLC School:West Potomac is a PLC School: WorkingWorking
collaboratively, teachers can structure common...
• Break-Out Sessions:Break-Out Sessions:
 7:40-7:50:7:40-7:50: Session 1 (World History7:40-8:00)Session 1 (World History...
 All registrationAll registration
materials are located onmaterials are located on
the WPHS websitethe WPHS website
throu...
 Alex CaseAlex Case
 Assistant PrincipalAssistant Principal
 abcase@fcps.eduabcase@fcps.edu
 Allison SatterwhiteAlliso...
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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.
  • Adv academics curriculum night presentation 2011 2012

    1. 1. at West Potomac High School
    2. 2. Advanced Placement ProgramAdvanced Placement Program®® (AP(AP®® )) coursescourses areare college-level courses offered in high school. APcollege-level courses offered in high school. AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductorycourses reflect what is taught in top introductory college coursescollege courses At the end of course, students takeAt the end of course, students take AP ExamsAP Exams—— standardized exams that measure how well studentsstandardized exams that measure how well students have mastered college-level course work.have mastered college-level course work. Students who do well on AP Exams can earn creditStudents who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.and/or placement into advanced courses in college. 3
    3. 3. AP courses can be challenging,AP courses can be challenging, but it’s work that pays off.but it’s work that pays off. AP courses are often the mostAP courses are often the most interesting and fulfilling courses ainteresting and fulfilling courses a student takes in high school.student takes in high school. AP teachers are among the mostAP teachers are among the most prepared, dedicated, and inspiringprepared, dedicated, and inspiring teachers at their schools.teachers at their schools. Students develop confidence, and learnStudents develop confidence, and learn the study habits and time managementthe study habits and time management skills essential for success in college.skills essential for success in college. 4
    4. 4.  Colleges rank “Grades inColleges rank “Grades in college prep courses” andcollege prep courses” and “Strength of curriculum” as“Strength of curriculum” as thethe top two factorstop two factors in thein the admission decision.*admission decision.*  85% of selective colleges and85% of selective colleges and universities report that auniversities report that a student’s AP experiencestudent’s AP experience favorably impactsfavorably impacts admissionadmission decisions.**decisions.** 5 “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
    5. 5. More than 3,200 colleges andMore than 3,200 colleges and universities offer credit oruniversities offer credit or advanced placement foradvanced placement for qualifying AP Exam scores. Thisqualifying AP Exam scores. This includes more thanincludes more than 90 percent90 percent ofof four-year U.S. colleges andfour-year U.S. colleges and universities.universities. CreditCredit: Students earn points toward their: Students earn points toward their college degreescollege degrees Advanced placementAdvanced placement: Students can skip: Students can skip introductory courses, enter higher-levelintroductory courses, enter higher-level classes, and/or fulfillclasses, and/or fulfill general education requirements.general education requirements. 6 ““One of the best standardOne of the best standard predictors of academic successpredictors of academic success at Harvard is performance onat Harvard is performance on Advanced PlacementAdvanced Placement Examinations.”Examinations.” ——William Fitzsimmons,William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions &Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, HarvardFinancial Aid, Harvard UniversityUniversity
    6. 6. Students who take AP courses and exams areStudents who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete amuch more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.college degree on time. OnlyOnly one in fourone in four students who enter college complete a bachelor’sstudents who enter college complete a bachelor’s degree in four years.*degree in four years.*  A recent study** showed that students taking AP courses and examsA recent study** showed that students taking AP courses and exams werewere much more likelymuch more likely to earn a college degree in four years.to earn a college degree in four years. For example, AP English Literature students had four-yearFor example, AP English Literature students had four-year college graduation rates that werecollege graduation rates that were 62% higher62% higher than students that hadthan students that had not taken AP English Literature.not taken AP English Literature. 7 * 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.
    7. 7. 31%31% of colleges andof colleges and universities consider auniversities consider a student’s AP experiencestudent’s AP experience when making decisions aboutwhen making decisions about which students will receivewhich students will receive scholarships.*scholarships.* 8 “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
    8. 8.  For more information about AP courses and exams visit www.collegeboard.com/apstudentswww.collegeboard.com/apstudents 9
    9. 9.  Alex Amico, JuniorAlex Amico, Junior  Aileen Fagan, SeniorAileen Fagan, Senior  Margaret Grady, SeniorMargaret Grady, Senior  Christine Gannon, SeniorChristine Gannon, Senior  Dale Lescher, SeniorDale Lescher, Senior  Emily Ann Key, SeniorEmily Ann Key, Senior
    10. 10.  West Potomac is a PLC School:West Potomac is a PLC School: WorkingWorking collaboratively, teachers can structure commoncollaboratively, teachers can structure common activities, interventions, and instruction basedactivities, interventions, and instruction based on analysis of assessments.on analysis of assessments.  Advanced Academics Mentoring Program:Advanced Academics Mentoring Program: Underclassmen students in advanced coursesUnderclassmen students in advanced courses are invited to be mentored by upperclassmenare invited to be mentored by upperclassmen with experiences in taking similar courses,with experiences in taking similar courses, providing advice on time management andproviding advice on time management and study skills.study skills.  Summer AP Boost Camp:Summer AP Boost Camp: Students have theStudents have the opportunity to work with AP teachers onopportunity to work with AP teachers on essential skills pertaining to the major contentessential skills pertaining to the major content areas, in an effort to start the school year off onareas, in an effort to start the school year off on the right foot.the right foot.
    11. 11. • Break-Out Sessions:Break-Out Sessions:  7:40-7:50:7:40-7:50: Session 1 (World History7:40-8:00)Session 1 (World History7:40-8:00)  Counseling and Course Registration Info- Remain inCounseling and Course Registration Info- Remain in Auditoriumto meet with Counselors and AdministratorsAuditoriumto meet with Counselors and Administrators  7:55-8:057:55-8:05: Session 2: Session 2  8:10-8:208:10-8:20: Session 3 (World History8:10-8:30): Session 3 (World History8:10-8:30)  8:25-8:358:25-8:35: Session 4: Session 4  8:40-8:508:40-8:50: Session 5: Session 5
    12. 12.  All registrationAll registration materials are located onmaterials are located on the WPHS websitethe WPHS website through the Studentthrough the Student Services office on-site:Services office on-site:  Further information onFurther information on Advanced AcademicAdvanced Academic Programs can be foundPrograms can be found on the FCPS website:on the FCPS website:
    13. 13.  Alex CaseAlex Case  Assistant PrincipalAssistant Principal  abcase@fcps.eduabcase@fcps.edu  Allison SatterwhiteAllison Satterwhite  Advanced Academics CoordinatorAdvanced Academics Coordinator  alsatterwhit@fcps.edualsatterwhit@fcps.edu  See the WPHS website for additionalSee the WPHS website for additional faculty/staff contact information, as well asfaculty/staff contact information, as well as Advanced Academics informationAdvanced Academics information
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