Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement® program at Collins Hill High School provides a unique learning experience in which students learn an elevated curriculum. Our staff is committed to expanding your depth of knowledge and developing learning opportunities to further your college experience after high school. Administered by the College Board to promote college readiness, Advanced Placement® courses and exam scores are objective measures to assess our students and gain credit for introductory college courses. AP® exams are a recognized standard across the world and an integral part of the admissions decisions for many colleges and universities.
What is an AP Course?
An AP course is comparable to a course taught at any college or university. AP courses are much more rigorous than high school college prep courses. In all AP couses, students learn how to think critically and write clearly.
Committee members, sponsored by the College Board, put together a set of topics and objectives for each AP course. Our AP teachers use these topics and objectives as a guideline for their curriculum. The AP exams which are administered during the first weeks of May are comprised of problems from these objectives. If a student passes an AP exam, then he/she may receive college credit.
In order to be permitted to use College Board's AP designation, all Mill Creek AP teachers have submitted syllabi for their courses, which have been approved by College Board.
Should You Take an AP Course?
AP courses are more demanding than other college preparatory courses taught in high school. They move rapidly and cover a great deal of material. If you are a strong student in a particular subject area, then you will probably do well. Your current teacher can advise you. Since AP courses are more demanding than other college-prep courses, AP students receive 10 points added to their average (in each AP course) at the end of each semester to balance any grade discrepancy. (Note: The 10 points is not used in calculating GPA for Hope Scholarship eligibility. See your counselor for details on how your GPA is calculated for Hope.) Students who excel may have higher than a 100 average in the class.
Colleges look favorably on students who succeed in AP courses. The presence of AP courses in a student's transcript indicates that a student took the most rigourous courses available. The following comments were made by presidents or deans of notable universitites.
Michael F. Adams, former President of the University of Georgia, states (in Georgia Magazine, December 2004), "if there are advanced placement courses available, take them."
The college Board also published the following quotes:
William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University, state that "one of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on AP Examinations."Clark Ross, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Davidson College, states, "At Davidson College, the students who have succeeded well in AP courses while in high school form the core of our higly selective student body. Their AP success serves as an effective placement tool here at Davidson that rarely disappoints us."
The College Board has also compiled the following statistics:
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.
Students who do well on an AP Exam are academically prepared to place out of a corresponding introductory college course and move on to the next higher-level course.
The AP Exam
The AP exams are usually given during the first two weeks of May. The exam schedule will be posted on the school's website and on the College Board website.
To determine if your college takes AP credit, you can either call the registrar's office, or log onto http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html. On the website, you can find most colleges' AP policies. For example, some colleges only take scores of 4 or 5 on AP exams. Some schools don't give college credit for AP classes but want you to take them anyway to ensure that you had a rigorous preparatory high school experience. You are encouraged to investigate this prior to enrolling in any AP course.
Exams are graded during the summer. The free-response (writing) section is graded by high school teachers and college professors from all over the country. Scores are usually sent to the students and schools during July. The scores range from 1-5 and mean the following:
5 - Extremely well qualified
4 - Well qualified
3 - Qualified
2 - Possibly qualified
1 - No recommendation
*Note: Students will take ALL Advanced Placement exams at Collins Hill High School.