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					Advanced Placement:
  The Road to Success

Equity,
Excellence,
and Opportunity.…


                    for all Students.
         The AP Program
   Allows committed students to take
    college-level courses within the more
    nurturing environment of high school.
   Prepares students for success in college
    by exposing them to the rigor and high
    expectations of college-level instruction
    and curriculum.
        AP Benefits and Rewards
AP courses help students:
    find out what they can achieve

    improve their self-esteem

    earn college credit while still in H.S.

    improve their chances of getting into a
     competitive college or university
    be able to stay in college and complete
     their degree in a normal amount of time
      AP and the College Admissions Process
How important is AP for getting into a top university?
FACTORS IN COLLEGE                OF “CONSIDERABLE
ADMISSIONS DECISION                  IMPORTANCE”
Grades in college prep courses           78%
SAT/ACT scores                           61%
Overall GPA                              54%
Essay/writing sample                     23%
Teacher recommendation                   18%
Interview                                 9%
Work/extracurricular activities           7%

Source: US News & World Report (2003 NACAC Survey)
     The Need for AP Instruction
Percentage of Freshman Taking Remedial Courses

                     All        High Minority
                  Colleges        Colleges

 Reading           13%              25%

 Writing           17%              29%

 Math              24%              35%
       College Drop-Out Rate
      College Freshmen Not Returning
            for Sophomore Year

   4-Year Colleges      26%

   2-Year Colleges      45%
         Requirements for a
        Successful AP Program

   Student commitment and effort

   Teachers and Administrators share AP
    focus

   Parental involvement
                     Students
   Accept the challenge of Pre-AP and AP courses
   Read on a daily basis
   Complete and turn-in assignments on time
    consistently
   Study – take responsibility for their own learning
   Get help – from parents, teachers, mentors
   Set high goals, apply to competitive colleges
   Always give 100% effort
   Reap the benefits of AP
    School Faculty & Administration
   High expectations for all students regardless of
    ethnic and socio-economic status
   Access to Pre-AP classes from 5th to 10th grade
   Access to AP classes in the 11th and 12th grade
   Vertical-team planning to ensure that students
    develop Pre-AP skills
   School-wide focus and
    commitment to AP Goals
           Parents or Guardians

   Set clear priorities for studying and
    learning in the home environment

   Communicate to children high expectations
    for their education and future careers

   Become involved in child’s school
        Setting Clear Priorities
   Provide quiet time and place for doing
    homework and studying
   Supervise homework
   Eliminate distractions during study hours (TV,
    radio, video games, internet chat, cell
    phones, etc.)
   Follow district attendance recommendations
    and requirements
   Make sure children get enough sleep
   Monitor student employment, balance
    economic need with student performance
Communicating High Expectations

   Encourage children to take Pre-AP
    courses as seriously as AP courses
   Support and encourage children as they
    struggle to achieve
   Explain how middle and high school
    success is directly related to future
    success
   Encourage children to read through
    modeling and discussion
Becoming Involved in School
   Check school calendar for upcoming
    events (http://vmt.elisd.org)
   Participate in, or volunteer to help with,
    school activities
   Meet your child’s teachers: ask about
    class routines, procedures, and study
    requirements
   Keep in touch with counselor(s)
   Continue attending open house events
                 Conclusion
   Advanced Placement is a tremendous
    opportunity for students
   Higher expectations lead to higher
    outcomes
   Effective AP requires a total commitment
    on the part of students, teachers, and
    parents
   Student success is the real benchmark for
    what we do as parents and educators.

				
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