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									   Welcome to
   Parent Night
• Overview
• Information
• Expectations
    What is AP?
   AP stands for Advanced
     It is what we used to call
   Advanced Courses, but more
    stringent. The courses are
college-level courses. Why? The
students take an AP test at the end
of the course and can earn college
        credit for the course.
How else can my child
 get college credit?
• Valley View offers at present 19 hours of
  concurrent credit (meaning your child gets
  high school and college credit both for the
               Current Courses:
• Freshman English I and II (6 hours)
• College Algebra and Coll. Pre-Cal (7 hours)
• U.S. History to 1876 and Since 1867 (6 hours)
  What is Pre-AP?
• Pre- AP is available to equip mid high-
  school students with the strategies to
  engage in higher-level thinking skills.

• Statistics show that students that have
  participated in the Pre-AP courses are
  more successful in the AP courses in both
  their grades and scores!!!
   Why take AP/Pre-AP
• Get a head start on college-level

• Improve your writing and problem-
  solving skills

• Earn “weighted credit”---AP only
  Many students are interested in
  weighted credit? What is that?
• Weighted credit allows students to earn
  over a 4.0 grade point average. For each
  letter grade earned you get the upper
  amount of quality points:
• A=5 points
• B=4 points
• C=3 points
• D=2 points
• F=0 points
         Also, FYI…
• To be an honor graduate, students must
  have two weighted courses.

• Effective with the Class of 2011 and
  beyond, students must have three
  weighted courses to be an honor
 Do I have to take the AP test?
• The AP test is given to the students in late
  April or early May depending upon their
  course. At this time, the state is paying
  for the test. However, if they miss the
  scheduled test, there is a make-up test
  and there is a fee that the student will
  have to pay. The test is optional. But, if
  the students do not take the test, they will
  not receive weighted credit.
    How is the AP test
 graded? (at ASU)-Check with the college you
                   are planning to attend!
Course                              Score    Hrs.
AP English Lang./Lit.               3+       3
                                    4+       6
AP U.S. History                     3+       3
                                    4+       6
AP World History                    4+       3
AP Calculus AB                      4+       4
AP Chemistry                        3+       4
AP Art Studio                       3+       3
AP Statistics                       4+       3
***Pre-AP courses are NOT weighted.

    Pre-AP courses at VV
•   Pre-AP English 7, 8, 9, & 10
•   Pre-AP Civics
•   Pre-AP Pre-Algebra
•   Pre-AP Algebra I
•   Pre-AP Geometry
•   Pre-AP Algebra II
•   Pre-AP Chemistry
  Valley View Offers
    8 AP courses
  AP World History (Moody)
 AP U.S. History (Shoemaker)
    AP Language (Roland)
    AP Literature (White)
     AP Chemistry (Hall)
    AP Calculus (Shannon)
   AP Statistics (Thielemier)
AP Art Studio (Pierson)---every
      other year offering
               AP World History
• This is a survey course in world history from pre-history to present
  day (cultures, people, religious ideologies, political, economic, and
  social systems that shaped our world)
• Understanding and connecting cause and effect
• Students must be willing to read many primary and secondary
• Readings and text are on a post-secondary level
• Students should be able to write different types of essays such as
  comparison and contrast, change over time, and document based

•   Summer Reading Requirements:
•   Guns, Germs, and Steel by Diamond
•   The World is Flat by Friedman
•   Nectar in a Sieve by Markandaya
•   The Prince by Machiavelli
AP United States History
 This class will require more in-depth study
 In this class, there will be notes, outlines, and a
  multiple-choice reading every week
 1st 2 weeks of school, there will be essay tests over
  the summer reading. (This will be ½ of their 1st 9
  weeks grade)
 Summer Reading
      Declaration of Independence
      The U.S. Constitution
      Common Sense by Thomas Paine
      Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Stowe
      The Jungle by Sinclair
      Black Boy by Wright
      AP English Language
          (11 th grade)
• There is a summer reading list, consisting of 5
• It is recommended that students take Pre-AP.
• Students complete 10 book reports throughout the
• Students have weekly essays due on various
• You will need the workbook, 5 Steps to a 5: AP
  English Language workbook
   AP English Literature
       (12 th grade)
• There is a short summer reading list.
• The student must have scored proficient or
  advanced on the EOC Literacy Exam.
• There is a great deal of essay writing over
  the literature we read. Good writing skills
  are a must.
• Research paper over a novel of the student’s
• Book discussion groups
        AP Chemistry
• This course will be rigorous and demand much
  time and effort from the students.
• There will be at least 3 required Night Labs.
• Students should have successfully completed
  Chemistry I (B or better).
• There will be some required summer work.
  (Quizzes will be given that will count for 20% of
  the first 9 weeks grade over this work)---Teacher
  will give out this handout at the end of the year.
• Students should have a TI83 or better calculator.
           AP Calculus
• Course is comparable to Calculus I in college.
• Students must have completed 4 years of
  mathematics (Alg. I, Geom., Alg. II, and Pre-Cal
  Trig. Or College Pre-Cal).
• Must have a TI-83 or TI-84 calculator.
• Must be familiar with the properties of functions,
  the algebra of functions and the graphs of
• Students will be assessed by group grades,
  participation grades, homework grades, and by
  individual tests.
          AP Statistics
 There will be daily homework.
 At the beginning of the chapter, the students’
  assignment will consist of reading the chapter and
  doing vocabulary to become familiar with the
 Mid-Chapter- the assignments consist of quizzes
  and homework problems.
 Exams-They are given at the end of each chapter.
  They consist of multiple-choice and free response
  to model the AP Test.
 Activities-Normally there are 2 per chapter and
  the write-ups are class participation points.
       AP Art Studio
• Must have a B or higher in Art I.
• The student must keep a sketch book and a
  drawing is due weekly worth 100 points.
• For every one hour in class, the student
  should spend two hours outside of class.
• The students must be willing to research art
  movements, artists, and art periods.
• Students should be disciplined and
  committed to their art.
Thank you for coming.
• AP teachers are available in
  the commons area. They will
  be able to answer your
  questions about their
  particular course.

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