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1 AP & Honors Parent and Student Night Presented by the Woodbridge High School Counseling Department

2 Schedule changes In fall 2014, 832 schedule changes were made to accommodate students requests after the first day of school! Roughly 14% of these changes were made due to stress Roughly 18% of these changes were made due to too difficult of coursework.

3 WE NEED YOUR HELP TO AVOID THIS!

4 What is Honors? Honors courses are taught at a faster pace and cover more material in greater depth than regular level classes. Honors courses, except for most 9 th grade courses, carry an extra grade point. Honors level courses best prepare students for Advanced Placement Courses as well as the rigor of college courses

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6 What is the Advanced Placement Program? AP provides students with the opportunity to pursue college work while in high school. AP gives students the opportunity to learn valuable skills and study habits AP is designed by college professors and secondary school teachers. College professors also help score exams to verify mastery of college material in AP courses

7 Benefits of AP Subjects are studied in greater depth Students will discover areas of strength and weakness Students will be preparing for the rigor of college work Students will build good study habits Students will improve writing skills Students will gain the realization that they can excel as they face their challenges

8 According to The College Board In general students who earn a 3 or higher on the AP exam 1. Perform well in subsequent college courses in the discipline. 2. Perform well overall in their first year of college. 3. Are more likely to graduate in four years. 4. Are more likely to major in their AP subject or a related discipline. 5. Are more likely to have better outcomes in college compared to students who take dual enrollment courses.

9 Don t forget these benefits Gives you an edge on your college application Saves you money on college tuition Helps you develop your potential in the classroom Helps shape clearer goals for your future Students are more likely to graduate from college on time

10 What is Different? Honors and AP classes are more demanding AP classes are similar to first year college courses Students are expected to read and write in greater depth and breadth Students must learn to evaluate and critically analyze material

11 This means Discussions are intense, probing and demanding Students are required to think for themselves, not give answers to please the teacher Homework involves thinking for yourself, expressing your ideas and analyzing what you read. The classes teach you to analyze, reason and understand

12 AP 5-year WHS School Summary Total AP Students Number of Exams ,137 1,234 1,428 AP Students with Scores

13 How does WHS compare to the rest of CA and around the globe? % of Total AP Students with Scores 3+

14 2014/2015 Data WHS Juniors enrolled in 3 or more AP or Honors classes 3 Honors or AP classes (67)-10% 4 Honors or AP classes (44)-7% 5 Honors or AP classes (33)-5% Total number of students in grade 11 taking 3-5 AP/Honors class (144/644)- 22% Total

15 2014/2015 Data WHS Seniors enrolled in 3 or more AP or Honors classes 3 Honors or AP classes (66)-10% 4 Honors or AP classes (56)-9% 5 Honors or AP classes (33) -5% Total number of students in grade 12 taking 3-5 AP/Honors class (155/646)-24% Total

16 Who Should take AP Classes? Students who are willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum Students should take into consideration their interests motivation strengths and weaknesses the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day! mental health and wellness

17 Rigor vs. Final GPA Colleges and universities are more interested in students who take a course load that has academic rigor than one that has a 4.0 GPA without any rigorous coursework. However, keep in mind for more selective universities, such as UC s, this is only ONE factor, not the ONLY factor.

18 What if my student isn t ready for AP? The emphasis should be on the highest level of instruction at which the student is capable of performing rather than the grade the student might receive.

19 What can your students do? Research information about the AP/Honors courses offered at WHS by talking to the AP teachers tonight! Students should be mindful in reviewing their own schedule to make sure they are not overloaded. Remember 24 hours in a day! Encourage your students to take advantage of the opportunity to adjust classes at the end of each year and during registration in the fall, before school begins.

20 What can your students do? Review AP coursework information on the College Board website. Complete required summer coursework, if applicable.

21 AP/Honors Courses offered at Woodbridge High School E N G L I S H AP English Language Honors American Lit AP English Literature S O C I A L S C I E N C E AP Human Geography AP World History AP U.S. History AP U.S. Government & Politics AP Macroeconomics AP Psychology S C I E N C E AP Biology Honors Chemistry AP Chemistry AP Physics AP Environmental Science M A T H Honors Pre-Calculus AP Statistics AP Calculus AB/BC AP Computer Science

22 AP/Honors Courses offered at Woodbridge High School W O R L D L A N G U A G E S Honors Latin 3 AP Latin Language AP Spanish Language AP Chinese Language F I N E A R T S AP Art History AP Studio Art AP 3-D Design

23 The AP Exam Administered on a nationally established schedule May 4th May 15th Typically three hour exams that include a multiple choice section and either essays or problems Measures reasoning skills and the ability to analyze facts and data, synthesize information, think critically about complex issues and negotiate competing perspectives

24 Grading Scale for AP Exams Each exam is graded using a 5 point scale 5 Extremely qualified 4 Well qualified 3 Qualified 2 Possibly qualified 1 Not qualified An AP grade of 3 or higher can qualify you for college credit or placement at most U.S. colleges and universities

25 What s the Difference? Credit or Placement Credit Earn points/credits toward college degree requirements Placement Skip introductory courses Enter a higher level course Fulfill general education requirements Can be offered both placement and credit by many colleges Allows you to move into upper level courses sooner, pursue a double major, gain time to study and time to travel abroad

26 What counts? Check directly with the college Check the College Board website Type in the name of the institution or browse by letter of alphabet

27 Will low AP exam scores hurt my college acceptance chances? Generally, low AP exam scores will NOT negatively affect college admission decisions, as long as you earn a good grade in the class itself. Low test scores will NOT effect students who take the exam in the senior year, because, scores aren't sent out until July, long after most colleges send out final decisions. If students take an exam before the senior year, college officials will likely appreciate the student's hard work and effort--so that is not likely to hurt, either. Source:

28 Will low AP exam scores hurt my college acceptance chances? (cont) Students do have the option of canceling scores. They have to notify the College Board with a signed cancellation letter by June 15. Students and WHS will still receive a report in the mail, but it will indicate that scores were deleted. Source:

29 How much do AP Exams cost? $98 per test or late fee of $138 per test. Deadlines matter! Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch qualify for a fee reduction Order forms are typically available in March and payment can be made by cash or check in the WHS Student Activities Office.

30 So What s Next For us: Recognition of students for taking more rigorous coursework Provide support and guidance to AP students IPSF Summer AP Boot Camp??? Parent communication to keep you up to date on everything from testing to registration For you: Be supportive parents Be aware of warning signs related to stress and fatigue Shift the focus from the grade to the learning When you check grades remember that: There are typically fewer grades in an AP/Honors course The grades may not initially be the same as they have always

31 Current AP Student Panel

32 Thank You!

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