Friday, January 18, 2013

North High School- leading the way in the EVSC!

Did you know that North High School is offering 16 Advanced Placement Class to our students for next year?  Did you know that NHS will be giving 175+ AP exams in May?  Did you know that NHS offered more AP classes than any other EVSC high school, Evansville parochial school, Warrick County, Gibson County, and Posey County school? Advanced Placement at NHS is growing with incredible force each year- so what is AP?

Advanced Placement Classes (aka AP) are classes which were created by the Collegeboard.  There are currently 34 approved classes.  Teachers who take on AP classes do not have to obtain any special degree or extreme qualifications, other than to be a master of content in the subject and follow the AP guidelines.  AP classes are national recognized and national standardized, and due to this sophistication almost all four year college institutions recognize the AP designation and accept passing exam scores.  As college acceptance gets more and more competitive, Advanced Placement becomes even more important to our students and their parents.  They will be at a tremendous advantage in the college recruitment, scholarship, and admittance processes. 

Here is additional information from the Collegeboard’s website about AP:
·         AP provides students with an opportunity for learning that goes beyond just facts and figures. The rich course material, classroom discussions and demanding assignments typical of AP courses will help students develop the content mastery and critical thinking skills expected of college students.  AP students also have the opportunity to earn college credit and to stand out in the college admission process.

·         Passing the exam requires that students be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills:
o   Problem Solving
o   Making Inferences
o   Making Connections
o   Presenting Thoughts Cogently
o   Interpreting Various Types of Information

·         Research confirms that a rigorous K-12 curriculum is the most reliable predictor of college success.

·         Research also confirms that passing a College Board Advanced Placement exam is a reliable predictor of college graduation - a significantly greater predictor than both socioeconomic status and G.P.A.

·         The most reliable researched-backed vehicle for preparing students for college success is an effective secondary school AP experience.

·         More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

·         The CollegeBoard finds that AP helps negate the cost of college in 3 major ways:
1.       Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to graduate in four years.
2.       Students who take longer to graduate from a public college or university typically pay between $8,000 and $19,000 for each additional year.
3.       Taking AP increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

Be sure to check out the NHS AP website!  Click Here for AP Website

If you would like additional information on offering an AP class, North’s AP program, or just general questions, talk to your department chair or Courtney Browder.

1 comment:

  1. I did not know anything you said in your first paragraph and also had never been to the North AP website. It looks really nice.