Is Advanced Placement the right choice for me?. North Forsyth High School. What is the AP Program ?. Academic courses centered on a rigorous, college-level curriculum designed by the College Board. Each course includes a rigorous end-of-course examination graded against national standards.
North Forsyth High School
Academic courses centered on a rigorous, college-level curriculum designed by the College Board.
Each course includes a rigorous end-of-course examination graded against national standards.
Students taking AP Courses in high school have an advantage—they are preparing for success in college by taking college-level courses while still in high school
Explore advanced topics you like by studying in greater depth
Develop advanced skills by forming disciplined study habits
Build your confidence in your ability to succeed in college
Development of academic skills necessary for college success
Increase in self-confidence, motivation, and academic orientation
Academic rigor for competitive college admissions
Potential college credit w/ AP Exam
For Students AND Parents
Opportunity to earn college credit or advanced college placement while in high school:
Possible tuition $$$ savings
More flexibility in college course choices
Possible early entry to graduate/professional schools
Students who participate in AP :
outperform their peers when placed into advanced courses in college;
are more likely to take advanced courses in their AP subject areas in college;
are more likely to choose challenging majors;
are more likely to graduate with a double major;
are twice as likely to go into advanced study.
Source: Camara, Wayne. (2003). College Persistence, Graduation, and Remediation. College Board Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY: College Board.
Students who take AP coursesANDexams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less.
NACAC Survey College Admissions Officials
Students who are successful in AP courses tend to exhibit the following academic competencies in the classroom:
High interest in learning the subject (not just high grades)
Strong communication skills (reading, writing & speaking)
Ability to process & understand new information quickly
A positive attitude about challenging academic work
Ability to prioritize tasks & manage time effectively
Students & parents should evaluate
readiness by looking at academic performance, not just academic ability.
AP Courses are designed with
the highly motivated,
high-achievingstudent in mind.
MOTIVATED: Inspired to achieve at high levels in college level coursework
DISCIPLINED: Consistently dedicates time needed to prepare for class.
DETERMINED: Is not easily frustrated by challenging academic material.
INTERESTED: Enjoys learning & active involvement in the classroom
AP coursesare verychallenging,and
potentially overwhelming to high school
Student academic preparedness is the MOST
IMPORTANT factor to consider in the decision
to take an AP course.
Forsyth County Schools has an
OPEN ACCESSpolicy for AP courses.
OPEN ACCESS means any student meeting course pre-requisites may choose to sign up for anAP course.
Find out everything you can about the course.
Talk to the teacher(s) of the AP coursebeing considered. Get a feel for the course expectations, time commitment, amount of homework, etc.
Students & parents should make this decision after considering ALL of the following:
Past & current academic performance
Student academic readiness
Student interest & motivation
Available time & competing interests, including: Home, church, extracurricular activities, job, community, social calendar…
It is NOT recommended that students & parents attempt to fill a student’s entire academic schedule with AP courses —particularly in 9th & 10th grades.
Most students are not readyfor multiple AP courses— and should be introduced gradually to the rigors & challenges of college-level coursework.
Students & parents must consider all of the demands on a student’s time when making this decision
Academic schedule (7 period day)
Home, church & community
Extra-curricular clubs, activites & sports.
Most students are not readyfor multiple AP courses early in their high school careers— especially if they are involved in activities that demand a lot of their time outside of the school day.