ADVANCED ACADEMICS 101 HIGH SCHOOL OVERVIEW GOALS Its not just about graduation! We want to prepare your child to become an independent, responsible, contributing member of society. This is your opportunity to start giving them the freedom to take ownership of their learning and start teaching them to become selfadvocates. We want you involved in this processit is a team approach! GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student needs 26 credits in order to graduate, which includes 4 years of each core class (English, Math, Social Studies, Science) plus additional requirements. A half-credit is earned each semester for each class passed with a 70 or above average. RANK IN CLASS POLICY Rank in class, honor graduate status, valedictorian and salutatorian determination shall be based on a weighted grade point average (GPA) system. Grades will be weighted according to the level of the course. Rank and GPA will be awarded each year in

September and January. AP/PAP Dual OnLevel Grade Point 100 6.0 99 5.9 98 5.8 97 5.7 96 5.6 95

100 5.5 94 99 5.4 93 98 5.3 92 97 5.2 91 96 5.1 90 95

100 5.0 89 94 99 4.9 TOP 10% RULE Class Rank and GPA at the end of junior year are used to determine if you are in the Top 10% of your class. Students who are in the top 10% of their class are automatically accepted into Texas public colleges. (UT is now top 7%) There are numerous college options for students in the top 10%, 15%, 25%, 50%, etc.

Start strong and do your best from your first day in a high school level course (whether that be your Freshman year or high school courses you choose to take in middle school). WHAT IS ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)? AP is a selection of college preparation courses Core courses; Languages other than English; Art; Computer Science Academically challenging and highly rigorous Provides opportunity for college access to all students All AP courses across the nation teach the same curriculum

ASSESSMENT AND COLLEGE CREDIT College Board offers final AP exams in May. Exams typically contain free-response and multiple choice sections. A fee is associated with taking each exam. The exams are scored on a 1-5 scale. Most colleges award college credit(s) based on the score achieved on the AP exam. All public schools in the state of Texas will award college credit for scores of a 3 or higher. Every institution has its own policy regarding the score needed for credit to be issued. WHO IS AN AP STUDENT? Motivated and hard working Confident, independent reader

Organized Has the ability to analyze information and strong critical thinking skills Strong reading, writing, or math skills depending on the content area Goes above and beyond teacher expectations; seeks out challenges Enjoys learning and wants to be in the class Has the ability to listen and participate in a thoughtful exchange of ideas Able to accept and to offer questions for which there are no clear answers QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AP COURSES

Which courses does your student most enjoy? In what subjects does your student excel? What college major is your student considering? What careers excite your student? WHAT COURSES DO WE OFFER? PAP COURSE OFFERINGS

English I English II Biology Chemistry Spanish II Spanish III French II French III Geometry Algebra I Algebra II Pre-Calculus Art 1 Computer Science AP COURSE OFFERINGS English

Language and Composition English Literature and Composition World History US History US Government Spanish Literature Spanish Language Art History Studio Art 2-D Studio Art 3-D

Studio Art Drawing Computer Science Chemistry Calculus AB/BC Statistics Music Theory Psychology

French Language HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD SHOULD TAKE A PAP/AP COURSE? Ask your childs current teacher. Look at standardized test scores (PLAN, PSAT, STAAR etc. ) (CogAT for middle school consideration) Is he/she scoring in the upper range? You know your childbe realistic. If you are still managing his life (constant reminders of deadlines, making him redo poor work, etc), he may not be ready for the rigors of the program. Also take into consideration how many outside activities in which your child is already participating. ITEMS TO CONSIDER Any student can take these courses, but we

do want to find the right fit for your child, whether it be all Pre-AP/AP, all on-level, or a combination of the two. Once a student sits in a Pre-AP/AP course, they are committed to completing the first six weeks at the Pre-AP/AP level. At that time, students are allowed to drop the course to an on-level section. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves but also to find a balance among advanced courses, extra-curricular activities and volunteer opportunities. BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS/ FAMILIES Competitive for college entrance College credit for qualifying AP exam scores

Financial benefits Greater course depth Extra grade points for class rank DUAL CREDIT FISD offers the following senior level Dual Credit courses through Collin College: English IV Government/Economics College Algebra/Business Calculus Additional CTE Courses HIGH SCHOOL MATH SEQUENCE Algebra 1 or Pre AP Algebra 1

Geometry or Pre AP Geometry Algebra 2 or Pre AP Algebra 2 Advanced Quantitative Reasoning Pre Calculus or AP Statistics Pre AP Pre Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC **Beware of getting too far ahead of the game! Colleges want to see mature students who have fully completed 4 years of high school (including a course in each of the 4 core areas of English, math, science, and social studies during their senior year).

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