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8 th GRADE AP/DC SHADOWING DAYS. Jane Jack Indiana Conference on Learning January 28, 2010. 8 th GRADE AP/DC SHADOWING DAYS. Selected 8 th graders meet at least one of the following criteria: prospective first generation college students qualify for free/reduced lunch minority

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8 th grade ap dc shadowing days

8th GRADE AP/DCSHADOWING DAYS

Jane Jack

Indiana Conference on Learning

January 28, 2010

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8th GRADE AP/DCSHADOWING DAYS

Selected 8th graders meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • prospective first generation college students
  • qualify for free/reduced lunch
  • minority

These are our underrepresented groups.

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8th GRADE AP/DCSHADOWING DAYS
  • High school “buddies” are enrolled in at least one AP or DC course.
  • We try to use HS students who participated in the program as 8th graders.
  • We work with small groups, usually 15-20 8th graders per shadowing visit.
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8th GRADE AP/DCSHADOWING DAYS

When possible, we try to match SLC placements as well. For example, if the 8th grader is going to be in Q&I next year, we try to have him/her shadow a HS student who is currently in Q&I.

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8th GRADE AP/DCSHADOWING DAYS
  • 8th graders spend approximately four (4) hours at the high school.
  • 8th graders attend three (3) classes with their HS “buddy”.
  • 8th graders attend a luncheon with their HS “buddy”.
  • During the luncheon, 8th graders receive information about the benefits of taking AP and/or DC courses from HS “buddies” and from AP Coordinator.
implementation challenges
Implementation challenges
  • Initially, the middle school staff wanted to have only the “good” kids participate as a reward.
  • Initially, it was difficult to identify first generation students.
  • Initially, it was difficult to identify students who qualified for free/reduced lunch.
has the strategy been successful
Has the strategy been successful?
  • 81% of this year’s “buddies” participated in this program as 8th graders.
  • Enrollment in AP and/or DC courses has increased.
  • Student survey data indicates that the program is successful.
2009 student survey data
2009 Student Survey Data
  • After attending the 8th Grade Shadowing Day, I am more informed of the opportunities I have in high school to challenge myself and become better prepared for college. 4.4 out of 5
  • I feel this was a worthwhile experience and would encourage other students to attend if given the opportunity.

4.4 out of 5

  • My “DC Buddy” was helpful and answered any questions I had about college credit classes at DCHS.

4.7 out of 5

  • I plan on taking college credit courses while in high school.

4.3 out of 5

documents available upon request
Documents available upon request:
  • Letter to 8th graders and their parents
  • Permission slip for 8th graders
  • Letter inviting HS students to serve as “buddies”
  • Confirmation notice for HS “buddies”
  • Powerpoint presentation used at luncheon
jane jack
Jane Jack

AP Coordinator, AAE Project Director, and Instructional Coach

Decatur Central High School

5251 Kentucky Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46221

317-856-5288 Ext. 24001

jjack@msddecatur.k12.in.us