DHS AP Night 2013

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Informative Presentation for parents and students interested in enrolling in AP courses at Destrehan High School

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  • Presenter Notes:Some of you may be familiar with our program and for many of you this will be new information. Our program continues to grow and evolve, so we hope you’ll find this information helpful.This is your meeting so as we go through the information, please jot down your questions and I’ll stop periodically to answer them.
  • Presenter reviews agenda with attendees, makes sure everyone can see the screen, hear, etc. Presenter asks for questions prior to launching the next part of the presentation.
  • Presenter: This is a good time to address any other “myths” or misperceptions that you hear from your students about the AP program.
  • Presenter: Encourage families to talk openly and realistically with students about the time commitment, challenges, etc., without exaggerating the difficulties. Many students take multiple AP courses and thrive. Others find better success with one or two AP courses, depending on their other school, work and home commitments.
  • Presenter: Encourage families to talk openly and realistically with students about the time commitment, challenges, etc., without exaggerating the difficulties. Many students take multiple AP courses and thrive. Others find better success with one or two AP courses, depending on their other school, work and home commitments.
  • Presenter: Encourage families to talk openly and realistically with students about the time commitment, challenges, etc., without exaggerating the difficulties. Many students take multiple AP courses and thrive. Others find better success with one or two AP courses, depending on their other school, work and home commitments.
  • Presenter: Encourage families to explore these resources on their own and with their children as they’re researching college opportunities and options.
  • DHS AP Night 2013

    1. 1. Destrehan High School
    2. 2. Destrehan High School is committed to every student’s success. We believe access to rigorous course work such as Advanced Placement® (AP®) plays an important role in that success.
    3. 3. •What are Advanced Placement® Courses? •The Benefits •AP® Exams •What Is It Like to Take AP? •Next Steps: Help Your Child Make the Best Choices •Q & A
    4. 4. A cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities.  Composed of more than 30 rigorous courses.  AP exams are administered worldwide in May.  An extensive system of teacher professional development.  5
    5. 5.                Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Language and Culture Computer Science A Macroeconomics Microeconomics English Language English Literature Environmental Science European History* French Language German Language                Comp Government & Politics U.S. Government & Politics Human Geography Japanese Language and Culture Latin: Vergil Music Theory Physics B Physics C Psychology Spanish Language Spanish Literature Statistics Studio Art U.S. History World History *Courses formerly offered at Destrehan High School
    6. 6.        Spanish Language Chemistry Environmental Science Music Theory Art History Physics B Physics C
    7. 7.  Rigorous courses are the most important factor in admissions decision.  Prepare for success in college by taking collegelevel courses while still in high school  Explore advanced topics—study in greater depth  Develop advanced skills-form disciplined study habits 9
    8. 8.  Build confidence in capability to succeed in college  Opportunity to earn awards, scholarships, and improve chances of college admission  Opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement  Possible tuition savings  Early entry to graduate/professional schools 10
    9. 9. For each AP course you take in high school, an AP Exam is administered in May.  Each AP Exam is given an overall grade of 1 to 5.  Colleges and universities set their own score for credit or advanced placement in each course, however, a score of 3, 4, or 5 typically indicates a student who is qualified to receive college credit and/or advanced placement.  AP Credit Policy (this link will be under Resources on school website).  12
    10. 10.  5-Extremely Well Qualified• Statistically equates to high As in the comparable college course  4-Well Qualified • Statistically equates to low As and high Bs in the comparable college course  3-Qualified • Statistically equates to low Bs and high Cs in the comparable college course  2-Possibly qualified • Statistically equates to low Cs and high Ds in the comparable college course  1-No Recommendation 13
    11. 11. Myth Reality AP courses are for students who always get good grades. AP courses are for any students who are academically prepared and motivated to take college-level courses. Taking AP courses could hurt my GPA. Taking AP courses shows colleges that you’re willing to challenge yourself academically. I can’t take AP because no one has recommended me. If you think you’re ready to take an AP course, then you’re ready to advocate for yourself — just talk to a teacher or counselor.
    12. 12. An AP teacher talks about her high expectations for her students  AP Program: Turning Curiosity into a Science Karl describes AP classes as a glimpse into what college is like The Value of AP for Latino Students (in Spanish)  Teachers recognize AP student achievements AP Program: Creativity Makes A Mark
    13. 13. Note: This is another optional slide for your presentation. The video referenced here features college admission officers and students talking about the impact of AP® on the college experience.  AP Program: The impact of AP credit and placement on the college experience
    14. 14. What AP course is right for me? Before you talk to a teacher or counselor, think about what interests you: • Which courses do you enjoy most in school? In which subjects do you excel? • What college majors are you considering? What careers excite you?
    15. 15. Ask your counselor or teacher the following questions: • In which AP courses at our school am I likely to do well? • Are there other courses that can help me succeed in AP or prepare me for college and careers?
    16. 16. What steps do I need to take? • What is our school’s enrollment deadline? • May I speak with a student who has taken an AP course? • Are there study groups or people who can offer help if I need it? • What can I do next to help me prepare for AP?
    17. 17. • AP information: apstudent.collegeboard.org • College and Career Planning: bigfuture.org • Personalized feedback, practice and college planning based on your PSAT/NMSQT® results: My College QuickStart™ www.collegeboard.org/quickstart • AP credit policy information from colleges and universities: www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy

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