Overview of the EMS ISD Advanced Placement Program
The Eagle Mountain Saginaw School District’s Advanced Academics Program provides a challenging academic program for college-bound and motivated students while still in school. These opportunities are offered to students through Pre-AP/AP and Dual Credit courses.
Advanced Placement Program
College Board Advanced Placement Courses provide college level studies for high school students who are reading and willing to do college-level work. AP courses are taught using college level materials and strategies that will prepare students to take College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.
Each AP teacher must submit a course syllabus to the College Board for authorization to teach an AP course. The curricular requirements are established by the College Board and require a learning experience equivalent to that of college-level courses. Instructional materials, activities, assignments, and assessments must be college-level appropriate.
For students, the Advanced Placement Program can:
- Provide an opportunity to earn credits and/or placement at many colleges and universities for successfully completing an AP exam
- Develop the analytical and study skills and habits they will need in college
- Bolster their academic self-confidence that they can meet college requirements
- Motivate them to attempt more challenging course work
- Reduce college costs and time to obtain a degree
Pre-Advanced Placement (PAP) is a concerted effort to fulfill the College Board’s mission to champion educational excellence for all students. Pre-AP utilizes a set of content specific strategies to introduce skills, concepts, and assessment methods to prepare students for success when they take Advanced Placement courses.
Are Pre-AP/AP courses difficult?
The Pre-AP/AP courses in grades 8–12 are very challenging and rigorous. Compared with regular high school courses, these courses are more demanding. Keys to success with Pre-AP/AP course are preparation and motivation. Extra time is required on the part of students for class preparation, outside reading, and completion of assignments than is normally required of students in non-AP/PAP courses. A serious, ongoing commitment to completing in-and-out-of-class study that is required for Pre-AP/AP courses is paramount to success. Students should carefully consider the time commitment prior to enrolling in Pre-AP/AP courses.
Why take challenging courses?
AP provides valuable academic preparation and support for high school students as they prepare for the transition to higher education. Students who take AP courses get a head start on college level work by studying subjects in greater depth and detail. AP courses challenge students to develop the study habits necessary to tackle rigorous work, improve writing skills, sharpen reasoning and analytical skills, and develop problem-solving techniques. Additionally, the presence of AP courses on a student’s transcript indicates that the student has taken the most rigorous courses available. In the college admissions process, AP courses demonstrate maturity and readiness for college. Additionally, results from a recent AP Program Survey indicate that AP course experience favorably impacts admissions decisions at 85 percent of selective colleges and universities.
Why take AP Exams?
A recent College Board report (“College Outcomes Comparison by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences”) shows that AP students are much more likely to graduate within four years, saving the cost of additional tuition and preventing a delay of their entry into the workforce. In 2014, more than 2.3 million students took over 4.2 million AP Exams. Over 3,600 colleges and universities accepted qualifying AP Exam scores from those students for credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, any student who takes an AP Exam and scores a three or higher is guaranteed to receive college credit at any Texas public university or college. According to the National Center for Educational Accountability, and AP Exam score, particularly one of a 3 or higher, is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to persist in college and earn a bachelor’s degree.
All students who elect to take an AP course are expected to take the corresponding national exam administered by the College Board in May.
Are you considering AP courses?
Please use the following guide to facilitate a great conversation with your counselor about your options.Please contact Jennifer Gann, Advanced Academics Coordinator, with any firstname.lastname@example.org