Advanced Placement Program

JRLA Advanced Placement Program

Information for 2017-2018 School Year

 

Introduction

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are classes designed to expose scholars to the rigors associated with college level courses.  In May of every year, the College Board holds national tests for Advanced Placement scholars.  Passing these examinations can earn the scholar college credit.  

 

Why take an AP course?

Advanced Placement courses offer scholars the opportunity to develop the skill and will necessary to succeed in college.  The level of rigor in an AP course is much more intense than a regular high school class.  Many scholars round the nation arrive to college and are unprepared for the amount of work and lack the workplace skills required to be successful.  Advanced Placement courses introduce scholars to these skills and build their academic ability and drive.

 

What makes an AP course different from a high school course?

Advanced Placement courses are college courses offered to high school scholars and taught by high school teachers.  The curriculum, the examinations, the work level and amount of work all mirror introductory college courses.  Because AP courses are taught by high school teachers, they are an excellent way to bridge the gap between high school courses and college courses.  Due to the increased difficulty of AP courses, they are graded on a weighted scale:

  • 90% to 100%
    • A+ = 5.0                     A = 5.0                       A- = 4.7
  • 80% to 90%
    • B+ = 4.3                     B = 4.0                        B- =3.7
  • 70% to 80%
    • C+ = 3.3                     C = 3.0                       C- = 2.7
  • 60% to 70%
    • D+ = 2.3                     D = 2.0                       D- = 1.7
  • 59% and below
    • F= 0

 

Are you an Advanced Placement Scholar?

The wonderful part about Advanced Placement courses is that any scholar may take and succeed in the course if they devote the level of time and willpower necessary to succeed.  All scholars that take an Advanced Placement course should be prepared to spend at least 6-10 hours a week outside of class on assignments, reading, and studying.  Because Advanced Placement courses are at the college level of difficulty, AP scholars must learn good time-management skills, positive study habits, and be prepared to do academic work for the betterment of their learning (not solely for a grade).  Scholars going into an Advanced Placement course should be mentally prepared for an increase in the intensity and workload with the understanding that the teacher is there to help them learn and succeed.

Course Offerings at JRLA:

Starting in the fall of 2017, JRLA will offer 2 advanced placement courses:

AP Statistics

The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.

AP World History

AP World History is a college-level high school course in the changes or global processes and human interactions over time. Scholars taking AP World History should be interested in a blend of historical factual knowledge and analysis of history from 8000 BCE to the Present.