Ms. Sara Veinbergs
Advanced Academics Coordinator
7:15-7:45: Introductions, Overview and Student
Panel, Q & A (Time allowing)
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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
Honors courses are college preparatory
courses courses offered to prepare
students for AP Courses or in courses
where a comparable AP course does not
Students who do well in Honors courses have
a foundation for doing well in AP and
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
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.
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
* 2009 State of College Admission, NACAC
85% of selective colleges and universities report that
a student’s AP experience favorably impacts
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** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007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**** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007
Advanced Placement courses typically demand more
of students than regular or honors courses.
Classes tend to be fast-paced and cover more
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.
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.
◦ Advanced Academics is for the PREPARED not the
◦ Rigor ≠ More work…BALANCE is key
◦ Play to strengths and interest areas when selecting
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All registration materials are located on
the WPHS website through the Student
Further information on Advanced
Academic Programs can be found on the
Advanced Academics Coordinator