AP English Language and Composition (both junior and senior versions) - REQUIRED
AP English Literature and Composition - REQUIRED
AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus AB
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, 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 is posted on the school's website and at http://apcentral.collegboard.com/apc/public/exam/calendar/index.html
All students must pay a $10 Registration Fee regardless of the number of AP exams they plan to take. Students who receive free/reduced lunch can register for their AP Exams at no charge after paying the $10 registration fee. All other students will be able to take one exam for free, after paying the $10 registration fee. Each exam after the first will then cost $89. All exam fees must be paid on the MyPaymentsPlus website (www.MyPaymentsPlus.com) during the registration period which ends March 4th. Although the exam fees may seem expensive, they are probably less than the cost of the textbook for the college course.
Please go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/waivers/guidelines/ap to read information about fee reductions from College Board in cases of financial need.
If you have any additional questions in reference to registering for Advance Placment tests you may contact Dr. Chesley Cypert.
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
|Monday, May 6||Chemistry
|Tuesday, May 7||Computer Science A
|Wednesday, May 8||Calculus AB
|Chinese Language and Culture|
|Thursday, May 9||English Literature and Composition||Japanese Language and Culture
|Friday, May 10||English Language and Composition||Statistics|
|Studio Art--last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for the physical portfolio assembly.
Teachers should have forwarded students' completed digital portfolios to Coordinators before this date.
|Monday, May 13||Biology
Physics C: Mechanics
|Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism|
|Tuesday, May 14||United States Government and Politics||Comparative Government and Politics
|Wednesday, May 15||German Language
|Thursday, May 16||Macroeconomics
|Italian Language and Culture
|Friday, May 17||Human Geography
Spanish Literature and Culture