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Aa night 2014 presentation

  1. 1. Ms. Sara Veinbergs Advanced Academics Coordinator
  2. 2. 7:15-7:45: Introductions, Overview and Student Panel, Q & A (Time allowing) Move to Quander Building for Course Break-Outs Break-Out Sessions: 7:50-8:00: Session 8:05-8:15: Session 8:20-8:30: Session 8:35-8:45: Session 8:50-9:00: Session 1 2 3 4 5
  3. 3.  Rigorous academic studies  Open access to all students     Academic exploration and knowledge beyond the standard course of study Require dedication of time and individual effort beyond the school day College preparatory (Honors) and college-level (AP) courses Visit http://www.fcps.edu/is/aap/index.shtml
  4. 4.   Honors courses are college preparatory courses courses offered to prepare students for AP Courses or in courses where a comparable AP course does not exist. Students who do well in Honors courses have a foundation for doing well in AP and college courses. 4
  5. 5.   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 collegelevel course work. (Some also have an SOL.) 5
  6. 6.      The MOST significant factor leading to success in college is the rigor of the high school curriculum. Advanced academic courses expand student’s ability to read, write, and think critically; analyze and solve problems; and build 21st century skills. Honors and AP courses can bolster a HS transcript and improve college acceptance. Honors courses have .5 and AP courses have 1.0 (with completion of class and exam) weighted grades which add to a student’s GPA. Many colleges grant credit for courses in which students earn a qualifying score on AP examinations.
  7. 7.  Often the most interesting and fulfilling courses a student takes in high school  Students develop confidence, and learn strong study habits and time management skills  Colleges rank “Grades in college prep courses” and “Strength of curriculum” as the top two factors in the admission decision.* * 2009 State of College Admission, NACAC
  8. 8.    85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.** Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time. *** 31% of colleges and universities consider a student’s AP experience when making decisions about which students will receive scholarships.**** ** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007 *** IPEDS database, 2008 *** Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, “College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences.” The College Board, 200 **** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007
  9. 9. Advanced Placement courses typically demand more of students than regular or honors courses.    Classes tend to be fast-paced and cover more material . More time, inside and outside of the classroom. Advanced Academics teachers expect their students to think critically, analyze and synthesize facts and data, weigh competing perspectives, and write clearly and persuasively.
  10. 10. Sarah McKeown Sandra Adade Shazeb Mian Clay Schoeffel Ashley Pak Neel Mehta Jackson Gibbs Anna Smith Grace Bessel Martha Bervell Noor Javaid
  11. 11.    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. First Quarter Skills Workshops: Students have the opportunity to work with Advanced Academics and AVID teachers on essential skills in an effort to start the school year off on the right foot.
  12. 12.  You! (Parents/Guardians) ◦ Advanced Academics is for the PREPARED not the ELITE ◦ Rigor ≠ More work…BALANCE is key ◦ Play to strengths and interest areas when selecting courses
  13. 13. Move to Quander Building for Content Course BreakOuts Break-Out Sessions: 7:50-8:00: Session 8:05-8:15: Session 8:20-8:30: Session 8:35-8:45: Session 8:50-9:00: Session 1 2 3 4 5
  14. 14.   All registration materials are located on the WPHS website through the Student Services office http://www.fcps.edu/WestPotomacHS/stu dentservices/studentservices.html Further information on Advanced Academic Programs can be found on the FCPS website http://www.fcps.edu/is/aap/index.shtml
  15. 15.  Sara Veinbergs Advanced Academics Coordinator smveinbergs@fcps.edu  Drew Hamlin Assistant Principal MAhamlin@fcps.edu