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From middle school to high school pre ap and ap programs in high poverty schools

Participants will examine the Pre-AP model implemented by the Lowndes County School District and learn to maximize the benefits of instituting a Pre-AP program starting in the seventh grade while managing the various challenges. Participants will leave with strategies for developing successful Pre-AP and AP programs that involve partners, garner instructional buy-in and strengthen vertical alignment.

“From Middle School to High School : Pre AP and AP Programs in High Poverty Schools”

Lowndes county high school advanced placement 2013 2014

Lowndes County High School Advanced Placement2013-2014

AP/Pre-AP Parent Meeting

LCHS, 6pm

What we do

What We Do

  • Parent Meetings twice a year—we will share in the slide show what we share at those meetings

  • Vertical Teams

  • Teacher Support

  • Administrative Support and Collaboration

  • Student Interaction—AP Ambassadors

From middle school to high school pre ap and ap programs in high poverty schools

  • What is AP?

  • Advanced Placement

  • “AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education.

  • Since 1955, the AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.”-Collegeboard

Ap classes offered

AP Classes offered

  • AP Biology

  • AP Calculus AB

  • AP Chemistry

  • AP English Language and Composition

  • AP English Literature and Composition

  • AP Physics B

  • AP Statistics

  • AP Studio Art

  • AP US History

  • AP World History

Pre ap offerings pre ap is a rigorous course preparing students for ap courses and college

Pre-AP OfferingsPre-AP is a rigorous course preparing students for AP Courses and college.

  • Pre- AP Geometry

  • Pre-AP Algebra II

  • Pre-AP Chemistry

  • Pre-AP Biology

  • Pre-AP English I and II

  • Pre-AP Mississippi Studies

  • Pre-AP Intro to World Geography

  • AVID

  • Pre-AP English 7th and 8th Grades

  • Pre-AP Social Studies 7th and 8th Grades

  • Pre-AP Science 7th and 8th Grades

  • Pre-AP Pre-Algebra

  • Pre-AP Algebra I

What to expect when you take ap and pre ap classes

What to expect when you take AP and Pre-AP classes

  • Rigorous Courses, students more involved in class

  • College board trained teachers

  • Designed to prepare students for college

  • Students are required to read, write, and study more!!

  • After school enrichment offered.

What can ap do for me

What can AP do for me?

  • College credit

  • Save money in college

  • Preparation for college courses

  • Research shows that students who attempt at least one AP course in high school are more likely to graduate from college in 4 years.

  • AP also looks good to colleges and helps to make students eligible for scholarships.

Avid advancement via individual determination

AVID—Advancement via Individual Determination

  • New program in the Lowndes County and City school district. It is the first one of its kind in Mississippi.

  • 4 year program at high school level with college as the main goal. 

  • Students begin AVID in the 9th Grade

  • AVID elective course

  • Tutorials

  • Cornell Note Taking

  • Notebook

  • College Tours and Admissions 

  • This class helps with all aspects of students’ readiness and getting accepted to 4-year universities.

How do i get credit for ap

How do I get credit for AP?

  • By passing the AP exam

  • Exam dates

    • May 2—Chemistry; 8 am

    • May 4—Calculus AB; 8 am

    • May 5—AP English Lit and Comp; 8 am

    • May 6—AP US History; 8 am

    • May 6—Studio Art portfolios must be

      Submitted by this date

    • May 9—AP Biology; 8 am; Physics, 12 pm

    • May 11—AP English Lang and Comp; 8 am

      AP Statistics, 12 pm

    • Scores range from 1-5 with 5 being the highest.

Example credit at msu and university of alabama

Example credit at MSU and University of Alabama

  • MSU Credit by Examination

  • University of Alabama AP Credit

Support for ap students

Support for AP Students

  • After school enrichment for AP: AP Course tutoring, ACT prep, AP Exam prep

  • AP Practice Tests

  • College Board Practice Tests and College Information

  • Exposure to college tours and career fairs throughout the school year

  • Mentoring program

  • AP Coordinator at each school

From middle school to high school pre ap and ap programs in high poverty schools

On October 28, the AP Seniors took a tour of the University of Mississippi. On November 4, the AP Juniors took a trip to tour Mississippi State University.

Avid students to msu october 26 2012

AVID students to MSUOctober 26, 2012

Parent advisory council

Parent Advisory Council

  • Represent AP Parents

  • 5 parents from each county school who will meet bi-monthly to discuss needs of AP

  • Encourage and recruit students to be a part of the AP program in Lowndes County

  • Please sign up with Mrs. Lott if you are interested in being a part of this council.

Ap resources

AP Resources

  • These sites help the students prepare for the AP exams:

  • www.mlc.lib.ms.us

  • www.collegeboard.com

  • www.moodle.aventalearning.com

  • Mississippi Virtual Public School

  • AP Link

Pre ap to ap

Pre-AP to AP

  • Pre-AP starts in 7th grade.

  • Springboard

  • Students are screened and recommended for Pre-AP and AP, however we maintain an open door policy

  • Teachers are trained by College Board before they teach Pre-AP and AP.

From middle school to high school pre ap and ap programs in high poverty schools

Students need to learn to think and act independently and responsibly. We as educators can help develop this understanding and skill set. We must teach our students to learn how to learn. One very important thing is that middle and high school educators must work together in support of students.

Vertical alignment

Vertical Alignment

  • Meet AT LEAST 4 times per year. Preferably every month.

  • Administrators must protect this meeting time

  • Common planning time is good too

  • Middle and High School teachers meet monthly in subject areas

  • Vertical Alignment Document

  • Teachers lesson plan together and collaborate

What good is pre ap

What good is Pre-AP?

  • Push

  • Responsibility

  • Expectations

  • Accountability

  • Preparation

What can administrators do

What Can Administrators Do?

  • Support, Support, Support

  • Be interactive

  • Take pride in AP

  • Put as much emphasis on students succeeding on the AP exam as you do on students succeeding on the state assessments.



  • Over the last 4 years we have seen a large increase in total AP and Pre-AP participation. We have also seen an increase in students scoring 3, 4, and 5 on the AP exams.

  • We have a greater number of students taking the PSAT.

  • We have an open door policy for AP and Pre-AP.

From middle school to high school pre ap and ap programs in high poverty schools

  • Elizabeth Lott /Megan RuffinAP Coordinators

  • Lowndes County Schools MS

  • Elizabeth.lott@lowndes.k12.ms.us

  • Megan.ruffin@lowndes.k12.ms.us

  • 662-244-4717

  • 662-241-5070

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