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8th graders pre ap presentation

  1. 1. What is PreAP ?<br />PreAP courses are Pre-Advanced placement courses. These courses prepare students for AP courses. <br />AP courses are college level courses offered at the high school level where students can earn college placement or college credit.<br />
  2. 2. PreAP courses offered at North<br />PreAP Algebra I, PreAP Geometry, PreAP Algebra II, PreAP Precalculus<br />PreAP World Geography<br />PreAP Biology, PreAP Chemistry, PreAP Physics<br />PreAP English I, II<br />PreAP Spanish II, III; PreAP French III, IV; PreAP Latin II, III; PreAP German III, IV<br />PreAP Art I<br />PreAP Computer Science<br />
  3. 3. What PreAP is NOT….<br />Reading four books instead of three for ELAR<br />More homework problems in math<br />More projects in history<br />Expecting teachers to “baby” you<br />Never having homework<br />Making up quizzes or tests if you fail<br />
  4. 4. High School Expectations<br />Find the right balance between academics and extra-curricular activities<br />Level of rigor is high in PreAP – students need to be prepared<br />Students are expected to work independently<br />Students need to be prepared for the length and quality of writing at the high school level<br />Students will learn self-discipline and time management<br />Parents should stay involved in their children’s academic career<br />
  5. 5. Suggestions from 9th graders to 8th graders to make a better transition to high school…<br />You can’t retake a quiz/test if you fail. Study the first time.<br />Late work is NOT accepted. Get in the habit of turning in your work when it is due.<br />High school teachers don’t take up every piece of homework for a grade. Many times, they give quizzes to see what you learned.<br />Learn to use a planner and start using time management. Sometimes, you get a few days to do work, so you have to plan when you are going to do it and not wait until the last minute.<br />Learn to study for a test a few days before instead of just the night before.<br />Take notes on what the teacher is saying even if he/she doesn’t write it down on the board or overhead.<br />Learn to have an organization system for folders, spirals, etc. Don’t cram everything into one folder.<br />Be prepared to have homework assigned on a daily basis.<br />
  6. 6. Feedback from AP students <br />Our current upper-level AP students were asked to give advice to PreAP underclassmen:<br />Time management and self-discipline are crucial<br />Be prepared for 2- 3 hours per night of homework <br />GPA starts your freshman year – don’t mess it up!<br />
  7. 7. Course Registration for next year<br />Some PreAP/AP courses have required summer reading<br />Be aware that PreAP and AP courses have “open” enrollment, but that there are strict guidelines in the contract regarding exiting the course<br />Help your child choose courses wisely with consideration for his or her overall schedule and areas of passion<br />
  8. 8. PreAP & AP contact person<br />Deanne Pratt<br />dpratt@mckinneyisd.net<br />469-742-4351<br />