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Colquitt County High School AP Questions and Answers

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This slideshow gives information about the Advanced Placement Program at Colquitt County High School in Norman Park, GA

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Colquitt County High School AP Questions and Answers

  1. 1. Welcome to AP! An Introduction to the Advanced Placement Program®. March 7, 2019
  2. 2. • 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 2 What We’ll Cover
  3. 3. What Are Advanced Placement® Courses?
  4. 4. • AP® courses are college-level courses offered in high school. • Courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses. • Courses are designed by both college professors and high school teachers. • Students take AP Exams at the end of the course, measuring their mastery of college- level work. • A score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. 4 Advanced Placement ® : The Basics
  5. 5. • AP Capstone: • AP Seminar • AP Research • Fine Arts: • Studio Art (Drawing, 2D, 3D) • Music Theory • English: • English Language & Comp • English Literature & Comp • History and Social Sciences: • Human Geography • Macro- & Microeconomics • Psychology • U.S. Government & Politics • World History (at Gray) • Math & Computer Science: • Calculus AB • Computer Science Principles • Computer Science A (2019-2020) • Statistics • Sciences: • Biology • Chemistry • Environmental Science • Physics 1 • World Languages: • Spanish Language & Culture Our AP ® Courses in Colquitt County Note: Other courses are available through Georgia Virtual School.
  6. 6. • Number of AP Students: 247 • Number of AP Exams taken last year: 430 • Number of AP Scholars: 30 • 1 AP Scholar with Distinction: Avg score of 3.5 w/ scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. • 8 AP Scholars with Honors: Avg score of 3.25 w/ scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. • 21 AP Scholars: Avg score of 3 or higher w/ scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams. • 2 AP Capstone Diplomas: Scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar, AP Research, and four additional AP exams. • 3 AP Capstone Certificates: Scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and Research exams. 6 AP ® in Colquitt County
  7. 7. AP® : The Rewards
  8. 8. • Taking AP is valued in the college admission process • Known by college admissions counselors around the world. • Opportunity to earn valuable credit and placement in college, which can save students time and money in college. • Students can skip introductory courses in college. • Students build college skills and confidence with the support and guidance of AP teachers. • AP courses are interesting and rewarding academic experience. 8 AP ® : The Rewards
  9. 9. • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.* • Two top factors in the admission decisions: • Colleges rank grades in college- preparatory courses • Strength of curriculum as the. • AP courses tell college admission officials that students are challenging themselves and preparing for the rigors they’ll encounter in their college careers. 9 AP ® : College Admission *Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research, Inc., March, 2007
  10. 10. When students earn college credit through AP Exams, their options and opportunities expand: • Move to upper-level college courses sooner • Pursue a double-major • Gain time to study and travel abroad 10 AP ® : Skip Introductory Courses in College
  11. 11. • Taking an AP course helps students… • Build critical thinking skills. • Increase academic confidence. • Develop essential time management and study skills needed for college success. • Nationally, research shows that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically earn higher grade point averages in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.* 11 AP ® : Build College Skills and Confidence *2008, The College Board, The Relationship Between AP Exam Performance and College Outcomes
  12. 12. AP courses challenge students to work and participate at a higher level: • Opportunities to explore topics in depth. • More time in and out of the classroom required to complete assignments and projects. • High expectations for… • Critical thinking. • Analysis. • Synthesis of evidence and multiple perspectives. • Clear written and verbal expression. 12 AP ® : Pursue Your Interests with In- Depth Learning
  13. 13. AP® Exams
  14. 14. AP Exams are administered by schools worldwide on set dates in May each year. • Exams are typically 2–3 hours and include: • Multiple-choice questions • Free-response items such as essays, problem solving, document-based questions and oral response • Some subjects have performance tasks completed during the school year that factor into the final AP score. • AP Exam Fees and Assistance: • Colquitt County School System pays for all AP exams. • The exam fee for 2019 is $94 per exam. • Assistance is available for eligible students with financial need. The College Board offers a $31 fee reduction per exam for eligible students with financial need. 14 AP ® Exams
  15. 15. Each college and university has its own policies regarding AP credit and placement. The College Board offers information about AP credit at thousands of colleges and universities at collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy • Search by school name or alphabetically. • Data for each school includes a direct link to that school’s webpage detailing AP credit and placement policies. • A statement from the college or university about its AP policy. 15 Credit + Placement Opportunities
  16. 16. What is it like to take AP® ?
  17. 17. 17 AP ® : Myths + Realities Myths 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. AP courses are too stressful. It’s no secret that AP courses are challenging. But the support you receive from your classmates and teachers can help you manage the work load. I don’t think I will score high enough on the AP Exam to get college credit. You don’t need to score a 5. Many colleges grant credit— and placement as well—based on a 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Taking AP courses could hurt my GPA. <Describe any extra weighting for AP course grades that your school may offer> Taking AP courses shows colleges that you are 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.
  18. 18. Next Steps
  19. 19. Help your child prepare to talk to a teacher or counselor about AP. Here are some questions to encourage your child to think about. 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 the most in school? In which subjects do you excel? • What classes do I love? What classes do I just want to get through as quickly as possible? • What college majors are you considering? What careers excite you? 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 for college and careers? • Have students like me taken AP? 19 AP ® : Start the Conversation
  20. 20. • AP information: exploreap.org • College and career planning: bigfuture.org • AP credit policy information from colleges and universities: collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy 20 AP ® : Resources to Explore
  21. 21. Questions + Answers Contact Information Allen Edwards Director of Gifted Education allen.edwards@colquitt.k12.ga.us (229) 890-6200 ext. 10074

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