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Faculty Update. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle. What does LHS offer?. The Advanced Placement Program ®. Advanced Placement Program ® (AP ® ) courses give you a head start on college.
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Faculty Update“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -AristotleWhat does LHS offer?The Advanced Placement Program®Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses give you a head start on college.Taking the AP Exam in May sends a powerful message to colleges and universities that a student is ready for them, and can enable students to gain admission, college credit, and placement into advanced courses.AP Courses Offered
  • 25 AP Courses offered, 28 Exams offered
  • MISD Goals – increase enrollment and # of tests taken
  • MISD will again pay for all currently enrolled students to take AP exams
  • AP and College Success™Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less.Source: Camara, Wayne (2003). College Persistence, Graduation, and Remediation. College Board Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY: College Board.No AP1 AP Course2+ AP CoursesPrepare Now to Succeed in CollegeA 1999 U.S. Department of Education study found that the strongest predictor of college graduation is something students do before they ever go to college:Participate in rigorous, college-level courses in high school—and AP courses in particular.Clifford Adelman, Answers in the Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and Bachelor’s Degree Attainment (1999), U.S. Department of Education.Why take the AP Exam?Most of the nation’s colleges and universities, plus colleges and universities in 24 other countries, grant students admission, credit, and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam grades because they are an external evaluation of student achievement.For example, at Princeton, students can use qualifyingAP Exam grades to:
  • Graduate in three or three-and-a-half years
  • Enter upper-level courses
  • Fulfill a foreign language requirement
  • Why should I take the AP Exam even if I’m not looking to earn credit or placement?
  • Stand out in the admissions process
  • Earn academic scholarships and awards
  • Experience a college-level test
  • Be a step ahead
  • What’s the differencebetween credit and placement?
  • Some colleges award “credit” for qualifying AP Exam grades. This means you actually earn points toward your college degree.
  • Others award “advanced placement.” This means you can skip introductory courses, enter higher-level classes, and/or fulfill general education requirements.
  • Save moneyIf you earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, you can receive credit for the equivalent course at thousands of colleges and universities:“I took AP throughout high school because it was the most interesting and well-taught program offered. When I reached college, I realized that I had accumulated a year’s worth of credits. I graduated from Michigan’s undergraduate business school a full year early, saving $30,000 and a year’s time.”—Nikki Baker, University of MichiganWhat’s the cost of taking an AP course?
  • AP courses and exams are developed and scored by the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to helping students connect to college success and opportunity.
  • There is NO fee to take an AP course or the Exam!
  • Preparation for CollegeFactors in Admission Decisions: 59% state SAT is of Considerable Importance (up from 46% in 1993)Source: NACAC 2008 State of College Admissions Report District-Wide College Readiness TestingPreparing all MISD Students for College and WorkDistinguished Achievement ProgramStudents complete the recommended plan, a third year of foreign language and earn 4 advanced measures
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