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PINELANDS REGIONALSCHOOL DISTRICT Advanced Placement Program 2013-2014 GINA M. FRASCA AP Coordinator
Welcome to AP! “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation." -- John F. Kennedy
What is the Advanced Placement Program? • Rigorous academic program • Built on commitment, passion, and hard work • Provides willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level
AP EXAMINATIONS All AP courses Culminate with an AP Exam Free Response Section Multiple Choice Questions ***AP EXAMS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE AP EXPERIENCE*****
AP EXAMS Credit Placement or Both in 90% of the Colleges and Universities in the US 5- Extremely well qualified 4-Well qualified 3-Qualified 2-Possibly qualified 1- No recommendation ***Gateway to Success in College***
AP EXAMS • Each AP course has a corresponding AP Exam that schools worldwide administer in May. • AP Exams provide students with a standardized measure of what they’ve accomplished in the AP classroom, and are thus an essential part of the AP Program. • Taking an AP Exam allows students to experience a college-level exam now, while they are still in high school. • Students’ work will be evaluated by unbiased college and university professors and AP teachers using college-level standards. • Students’ scores are sent to the colleges of their choice. • Most colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and institutions in more than 40 other countries, grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam grades. • At many of these institutions, you can earn up to a full year of college credit.
AP EXAM FEES Fees this year ~$89 per Exam Free or Reduced Lunch~ ( Awaiting information on this ..$59 per exam or $10) http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/coordinate/fee-assistance
ADVANTAGES OF TAKING AP • Stand out in the admission process • Earn academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities • Experience college-level academics now, while they're still in high school • Save time and money once they get to college, providing them with more study options and allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses in their field of interest • Earn AP Scholar Awards, an academic distinction granted each September by the College Board to students with exemplary AP Exam scores.
HISTORY OF AP at PINELANDS • The Advanced Placement Program began in the school year 1990-1991. • At that time, there was only one class running, and it took 15 years to build up the program to include 8 AP classes. • Only the top students were selected to take the AP classes, and very few passed the examination at the end. • We have slowly opened up the accessibility to the AP classes so that any student interested in taking this type of class can be admitted into the program.
AP CLASSES Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC English Language and Composition English Literature and Composition European History Macroeconomics Physics Psychology United States History
SCOPE AND SEQUENCE JUNIOR YEAR • AP PSYCHOLOGY • AP US HISTORY • AP CALCULUS AB • AP LANGUAGE & Comp SENIOR YEAR • AP BIOLOGY • AP PHYSICS • AP EUROPEAN HISTORY • AP ECONOMICS • AP ENGLISH LIT • AP CALCULUS BC
AP ENGLISH Mr. Jason Capelli English Language and Composition (11) Mr. Anthony Lupo English Literature and Composition (12)
AP MATHEMATICS Mr. James Trenelli Calculus AB Calculus BC
AP SCIENCE Mrs. Tammy Leonard Biology Dr. James Alletto Physics B
AP SOCIAL STUDIES Ms. Shannon English European History Mr. Mark Bradley Macroeconomics Ms. Arlene Mongold Psychology Mrs. Katherine Poerner United States History
RESEARCH QUESTIONS • Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes raise their standardized test scores from NJASK8 to HSPA 11? • Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes score higher than students who take College Prep courses on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)? • Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes have an easier time getting into college? • Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes take more AP course their Senior Year?
FINDINGS Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes raise their standardized test scores from NJASK8 to HSPA 11?
FINDINGS Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes score higher than students who take College Prep courses on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)? Students who took an AP class their Junior Year scored an average of 1190 on their Verbal and Math portion of the SAT Students who did not take an AP class as Juniors scored an average of 960 on the Verbal and Math portion of the SAT
FINDINGS Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes have an easier time getting into college? Yes~ Since SAT scores are about 230 points higher, and schools look at course load, as well as GPA which is weighted higher than other classes.
Research Question # 3 Here are some schools that our seniors have been admitted to in the past two years: American Musical Dramatic Academy, Art Institute of Philadelphia, Boston, University, Bucknell, Air force Academy, Naval Academy, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Johns Hopkins, NJIT, Lockhaven University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Virginia State
FINDINGS Do 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes take more AP course their Senior Year? Every student that took an AP course their Junior Year took at least 1, up to 6 AP class their Senior year!
RESEARCH CONCLUSIONS • 70 % or more of 11thgraders who participate in Advanced Placement classes raise their standardized test scores from NJASK8 to HSPA 11 for the past three years. • 11thgraders who participate in Advanced Placement classes score about 200 points higher than students who take College Prep courses on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). • 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes have an easier time getting into college because of their higher SAT Scores and their more rigorous course load. • 11th graders who participate in Advanced Placement classes take more AP course their Senior Year. Many of the students take more than one course .
MY VISION… I believe that all students in the general population can succeed in an Advanced Placement class in High School with the proper tools: • A passionate teacher who is willing to go above and beyond the normal duties of a classroom. One who is an expert in his/her content area, but also has a passion for instilling the love of learning on their students. • The resources needed to give students the proper tools (texts, technology, facilities) in order to learn their topic • Support from the stakeholders ~the Board, Community, Parents, and the entire Staff • A shared vision that is communicated to the Stakeholders.
Time to Celebrate! • Our program has expanded immensely over the last 6 years! • We were recognized nationally by the College Board as ~ AP District of the Year for the second year, as one of 539 school that expanded our program by opening access to more students while keeping scores up! • We have students going to college with enough credits to skip their freshman year!
EXPANDING OUR PROGRAM 2013 AP District of the Year Awards This award recognizes the 539 U.S. public school districts that simultaneously achieved: increases in: • Increases in access to AP courses for a broader number of students • Maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.
University Tuition/ Fees • Stockton College~$9697.00 • Rowan~ 10,068 • Kean~ 8,505 • Monclair~8,895 • The College of NJ~ 11,307 http://collegestats.org/search/college+of+new+jersey
MAKE THE COMMITMENT • Request ***pay for exam(s) before October 31 • Make Checks out to Advanced Placement • Write your child’s name in the MEMO section of your check. • Place your check in a sealed envelope and hand to your AP teacher. They will get the checks to me or Mrs. Linda Getz!
Other Financial Concerns • Please do not let Financial Concerns be the reason your child is not taking the test or tests! • Payments • Plans tailored on Individual Needs
HELPFUL SITES www.collegeboard.org/ap/creditpolicy http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/ http://www.collegeboard.com/student/ www.collegeboard.org/ap/testing
A RECENT PINELANDS GRAD SAID.. • “I just wanted to write to let you know how beneficial your class was in getting ready for college…” • “I’m helping a few people on my floor write essays…” • Thank you again for everything!”
FINAL THOUGHTS Being the Pinelands Regional AP Coordinator has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have had thus far. From the moment these students enter into the program, until graduation day, I am committed to providing these students with the most rigorous and comprehensive program to prepare them for life after high school.
Choose AP! Reach Higher… Learn Differently… Find your Passion… Imagine and Succeed… Challenge Yourself… Get the Credit You Deserve!!
Thank you AP TEACHERS! “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." -- Nikos Kazantzak
Thank you AP PARENTS! “You, the parent, are your child's first teacher and his best teacher. It's an awesome responsibility, but one that brings immeasurable rewards." -Jacquie McTaggart
Contact Information Gina M. Frasca~Emailemail@example.com 609-296-3106 x 2221 Secretary~ Mrs. Linda Getz~609-296-3106 x 2263 Please contact me or your son/daughter’s AP Teacher with any questions or concerns.