What is AP?  The Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board offering collegelevel curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations.
Why take AP courses?  Confidence: develop better study habits, improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem solving abilities.
 Credit: Entering college with AP credits gives you time to move into upperlevel courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study/travel abroad
 College Success: Research consistently shows that students who are successful in AP typically experience greater academic success in college than similar students who do not participate in AP.
A few words from our SCA students… First experience with AP  First experience with AP
 Balance
 Considerations
 Reality check
 Benefits
Considerations  Work Ethic
 Maturity
 Organizational Skills
 “Passion” for Subject
 Rigorous Pace
 Taking Initiative—seeking assistance
 Independent Work
 Cooperative Learning
More Considerations  Realistic Time Commitments
 Balance
 Grading
 Learning Curve
 AP Exam
Questions for students? for example…  How many AP’s should I take?
 How much time will I need to study for each AP course?
 What’s the hardest AP class?
 Is AP English Lit harder than AP English Language?
AP Weighting  1.0 added to quality points
 C+ 2.3 + 1.0= 3.3
 Exam should be taken
 $83 exam fee
 High School Plan of Studies
 Personal Finance & Economics
Social Sciences  Advanced Placement Program Goals
 Inclusion
 Communication/Awareness of the Community
 Academic Rigor: Complex, Ambiguous, Provocative, Emotional
 Preparation of Students
World History Examination  World History Examination

 Three Hours and Five minutes long
 Section I: 70 Multiple Choice Question: 55 minutes
 Section II: Three Essays in this 130 minute free response section—compare/contrast, change over time, document based question (DBQ). Graded on a 19 Rubric. National average for essays usually around 3.0!

Historical Thinking Skills  Historical Thinking Skills
 The AP World History curriculum emphasizes specific historical thinking skills.
 Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
 Chronological Reasoning
 Comparison and Contextualization
 Historical Interpretation and Synthesis
 Course Themes: AP World History highlights FIVE overarching themes
 1. Interaction between Humans and Environment
 2. Development and Interaction of Cultures
 3. State Building, Expansion, and Conflict
 4. Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
 5. Development and Transformation of Social Structures
Stone Bridge + AP World History  For the seven years the exam has been given in Loudoun County, over 70 % of SBHS students have passed the exam with a score of 3, 4, or 5. National average pass rate hovers approximately around 5055 % with a low of 48%.
Sample Essays  *Compare and contrast Han China and Imperial Rome in terms of the political control that they exercised over their respective populations.
 *Analyze the cultural and political changes and continuities in ONE of the following civilizations during the last centuries of the classical era.
 Chinese, 100 CE to 600 CE
 Roman, 100 CE to 600 CE
 Indian, 300 CE to 600 CE
Geometry  Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra I concepts!
 Students MUST realize “Geometry is like a language!”… Students must recall and apply vocabulary!
 Math may not be the passion for the students who enroll in this course.
Functions, Algebra, and Data Analysis  This course is a bridge between Algebra I and Algebra II.
 Students looking to strengthen Algebra I skills should enroll.
Algebra II  Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra I concepts!
 Math may not be the passion for the students who enroll in this course.
Algebra II/Trigonometry  Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
 and be selfmotivated!
 Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra I concepts! Did students earn “A”s on their midterm and final exams to demonstrate long term retention/comprehension?
 If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.
 This course has a common countywide assessment.
Advanced Functions and Modeling  This course is a bridge between Algebra II and Advanced Algebra/Precalculus.
 Students looking to strengthen Algebra II skills should enroll.
 Students will be exposed to real world mathematics by completing labs.
Advanced Algebra/Precalculus  Students should have a passion for mathematics, a STRONG grasp of Algebra II concepts, and intentions to enroll in Calculus at some point!
 Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra II concepts! Did students earn “A”s on their midterm and final exams to demonstrate long term retention/comprehension?
Prob Stats/Discrete Math  These courses span all disciplines.
 Students will enhance creative problem solving ability through verbal and written communication.
 Students will learn to think differently.
 Discrete Math Topics include:
 Code breaking
 Voting Methods
 Fair Division
 The Mathematics of Apportionment
 Methods of Best Path (Traveling Salesman Problem)
 Graph Theory
 Fractal Geometry
Mathematical Analysis  Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
 and be selfmotivated!
 Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra II and Trigonometry concepts!
 If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.
 This course has a common countywide assessment.
Advanced Placement Calculus AB  Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
 and be selfmotivated!
 Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra and Precalculus concepts!
 Students MUST be able to justify their solutions by applying mathematical language.
 If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.
Advanced Placement Calculus BC  Students MUST have a passion for mathematics
 and be selfmotivated!
 Students MUST have a strong grasp of Algebra and Precalculus concepts!
 Students MUST be able to justify their solutions by applying mathematical language.
 If a student is enrolled in this course, he/she should be enrolled in higher science courses as well.
Multivariable Calculus  Students MUST have a passion for mathematics and
 be selfmotivated!
 Stone Bridge may offer this course in 20122013.
Advanced Placement Statistics  This course incorporates a lot of reading and writing as well as lab applications.
 Students MUST be selfmotivated, enjoy realworld applications, and be able to reason word problems.
 Colleges report most majors require a stats class. Taking the AP can give students credit or a head start.
 These courses span all disciplines.
 Students will enhance creative problem solving ability.
 Students will learn to think differently.
 These courses are beneficial
 for students pursuing Math, Engineering, and Science degrees or careers.
Math Progression AP English Lit. vs. Lang.  READING:
 Novels – 6 in total Plays – 12 (Shakespeare) Poetry Selection
 Skills in reading to consider effect of literary techniques on meaning
 WRITING: In class time essays Creative writing
 Focus on how language contributed to meaning –
 Multiple Choice Skills (reading critically)
 Analysis – of form and content Essays – formal, timed, writings
 Focusing on analysis
 READING:
 NonFiction Focus 3 longer texts Various essays, speeches and letters
 Focus on Rhetoric – the art of persuasion  technique
 WRITING: In class time essays Writing in the various modes (Exposition, narrative, persuasive etc.)
 Emphasis on Argumentation
Honors English Students Should:  be able to comprehend gradelevel texts
 engage in reading outside of class
 command a wide range of writing strategies
 possess a spirit of inquiry, be curious
 make connections between text and real life
 apply analysis skills to new texts
Honors English Students Should:  be capable of fresh interpretations of old texts
 be able to develop and articulate questions
 be able to adapt an assumption when confronted with new information
 demonstrate originality of thinking
 show diligence
 be independent searchers of information
Honors English Students Should:  have the ability to build on what happens in class outside of class
 be thinking at a higher analytical level
 have curiosity in the English discipline
 engage in the ongoing reading of novels, blogs, nonfiction
 demonstrate a willingness to write
 engage in deep revision
AP Science  AP Biology
 Corequisite: Chemistry
 Janet.cascio@lcps.org
 Swapna.karandikar@lcps.org
 AP Chemistry
 Robert.mandes@lcps.org
 Aaron.dobbs@lcps.org
 AP Physics
 Corequisite: Calculus
 Timothy.gresh@lcps.org
Stone Bridge High School 2013 AP Exam Schedule    Afternoon Session
 12:45 PM
      Computer Science A
 Spanish Language
           Statistics
 Studio Art (portfolios due)
       Government (Comparative)
 French Language
   German Language
 U.S. History
    Macroeconomics
 World History
    
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