|Incoming 8th Grade Advanced Academics|
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All current 2014-2015 6th grade students will be evaluated for Math 7 PreAP/IB. Qualifying students will review notification reflected on student’s Course Selection available in May through Skyward (parent portal). Qualifications based upon the following: 4th Math STAAR Advanced Level III, 5th Math STAAR Advanced Level III, 6th first semester math grade typically a 90 or higher. Students must meet two of three district criteria for placement.
Any student who did not meet criteria for advanced math initially will be re-evaluated using 6th final math grade and 6th Math STAAR Advanced Level III score. Placement notification will be reflected on student’s schedule in August. There are NO appeals.
· Advanced Academics courses are more rigorous than regular classes. Students will encounter more challenging schoolwork.
· Students are encouraged to be self-motivated learners in order to be successful in Advanced Academic courses.
· A strong student/teacher working relationship paves the way for success in an Advanced Academics course.
· Strong creative and critical thinking skills will aid in Advanced Academic course success.
· Advanced Academic courses may require independent research.
· Time management is imperative in order to be prepared for course assignments.
· Self-initiated tutoring is strongly recommended.
· The goal of Pre-AP courses is to ready students for AP and IB (International Baccalaureate) course work as well
as sitting for AP and IB exams in high school.
Elementary School Advanced Academics
Notification will take place prior to the start of school for those students who qualify for entry into this course. If a student does not qualify for PreAP math at this time, he/she will be re-evaluated in the spring of 6th grade for Math 7 PreAP. There are no appeals.
self-select. The open enrollment courses follow the same Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills to a greater depth and complexity.
LOTE (Language other than English) for 8th grade students stated above.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is an important first step towards college. Test results and their accompanying analysis are valuable tools that can help prepare students for the SAT® and education opportunities beyond high school.
Each year, more than 3.5 million high school juniors, sophomores, and younger students take the PSAT/NMSQT to:
- Prepare for the SAT
- Enter competitions for scholarships: For more information, go to Scholarship and Recognition Programs.
- Receive information from colleges: For more information, go to Student Search Service® (SSS®).
- Begin college and career planning
- Help assess academic skills necessary for college-level work
The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship and recognition programs. Test-takers also receive My College QuickStart™, a free personalized college planning kit that includes access to MyRoad™, the College Board's online majors, college, and career exploration program.
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Allen High School offers approximately over 24 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The Advanced Placement Program is directed by the College Board to allow students to take college-level course work while still in high school. The College Board develops the scope and sequence of AP courses and provides training for teachers. The examination for each course is a national standard that is used by colleges to grant college credits to those students that make a high enough score. Most colleges and universities consider students that take AP courses to be better prepared for the rigor of college courses. Over 65% of AISD secondary students participate in one or more advanced course.
Courses designated as “AP” are college-level courses. Students should expect course subject matter and workload at a college level. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the College Board exam at the end of the year.
The curriculum is designed to provide a broad liberal arts experience for the college bound student. Each student will become proficient in language, mathematical studies, and the experimental sciences. Students also participate in an in-depth exploration of the study of human behavior and the process of educational inquiry. In addition to testing in the 6 subject areas, IB diploma candidates must complete the Theory of Knowledge course, Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) component, and an Extended Essay. Students desiring to enter the program must complete an application process prior to acceptance in the program. Students pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma must also meet all state graduation requirements.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a rigorous pre-university course of study for the academically talented and highly motivated secondary student. Designed and administered by the home office in Cardiff, Wales, the program encompasses internationally based standards of achievement. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad liberal arts experience for the college bound student. Each student will become proficient in language and mathematical studies and participate in an in-depth exploration of the study of human behavior and the process of educational inquiry. The program is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded, high academic course of study emphasizing the development of the “whole person.” Successful completion of the course work and examinations at the junior/senior level may earn students credit or advanced placement at colleges and universities around the world.
Students desiring to enter the program must complete an interview process prior to acceptance in the program. Students admitted to the program will be encouraged to tailor their course of study based upon their individual interests and unique needs. They may opt to pursue the full IB diploma or to specialize in content fields and receive IB certification in those areas. Both Pre-IB and IB courses earn additional grade points.
Full diploma candidates are required to complete course work and test in 6 of the IB hexagon subject areas. At least three, and no more than four areas of study must be done at the Higher Level. The remaining courses are Standard Level. Full diploma candidates must also complete the additional components listed below.
> Standard Level (after 1 year of study)
> Higher Level (after 2 years of study)
> Extended Essay (completed over summer after junior year)
> CAS (Creativity, Action, Service – 150 hours over a two-year period)
> TOK (Theory of Knowledge course)