Advanced Academics/ Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Programs
612 E. Bethany Drive, Allen, TX 75002
Barbara Myer - Advanced Academics Coordinator - Email
Michele Schneeberger - Administrative Assistant - Email
Submit Inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This meeting is for rising 7th and 8th grade students for the 2014-2015 school year to learn more about Advanced Academic courses.
New students to the district should contact the Advanced Academics office for Middle School Math PreAP placement consideration.
Open enrollment; "self-select" for English Pre AP/IB 7/8, Social Studies Pre AP/IB 7/8, and Science Pre AP/IB 7/8
Spring of 2014
7th incoming students 2014-2015
All current 2013-2014 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, 5th Math STAAR, 6th first semester math grade. 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 score. Placement notification will be reflected on student’s schedule in August. There are NO appeals.
8th incoming students 2014-2015
All current 2013-2014 Math 7 PreAP/IB students will be evaluated for Algebra I PreAP/IB.
Qualifications based upon the following: 6th Math STARR, 7th first semester math grade, and Orleans Hanna Diagnostic Test. Students must meet two of three district criteria for placement and successfully complete Math 7 PreAP/IB.
Orleans Hanna Diagnostic test will be administered to all Math 7 PreAP/IB students in January.
Any student who did not meet criteria for Algebra I PreAP/IB will be re-evaluated using 7th final math grade and 7th Math STAAR score. Placement notification will be reflected on student’s schedule in August. There are NO appeals.
ONLY students who successfully complete Math 7 PreAP/IB are eligible for Algebra I PreAP/IB evaluation and placement.
Foreign Language qualifications: Students must have an 85 semester average in both English 7 and Math 7 for placement. Students who did not qualify based upon first semester averages may request a re-evaluation to Advanced Academics office with final average by June 9, 2014. Email: email@example.com
Incoming 7th 2014-2015 students who did NOT initially qualify for Math 7 PreAP will be reviewed for re-evaluation at the close of school. Placement will be noted on student's schedule available in August during back to school week.
Incoming 8th 2014-2015 students who did NOT initially qualify for Algebra I PreAP will be reviewed for re-evaluation at the close of school. Placement will be noted on student's schedule available in August during back to school week.
Incoming 8th 2014-2015 students who requested a re-evaluation for Foreign Language will be reviewed for re-evaluation after the close of school. Placement will be noted on student's schedule available in August during back to school week.
Advanced Academics Standards and Expectations
· 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
Elementary School Advanced Academics
The advanced math sequence begins in 6th grade. The name of the course was changed to Math 6 PreAP to reflect alignment with secondary coursework and the High School advanced program. This program is designed to accelerate students in mathematics and provide coursework that will prepare students to take Calculus as a senior. This creates a more developmentally appropriate curriculum that fosters more depth and complexity and better aligns with secondary PreAP and AP strands.
All 5th grade students will be evaluated for entry into Math 6 PreAP by reviewing a student’s final math 5th grade, 5th Math STAAR, and 4th Math STAAR. 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.
Middle School Advanced Academics
Allen ISD offers PreAP courses in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies at the middle school level. All courses except Math are open enrollment, self-select. The open enrollment courses follow the same Texas Essential Knowledge and
Skills to a greater depth and complexity.
Math 7 PreAP/IB and Algebra I PreAP/IB qualifications are stated above.
Foreign Language for 8th grade students stated above.
Math 7 PreAP/IB, Algebra I PreAP/IB, and Foreign Language are considered high school credit courses.
If you have any questions please contact Barbara Myer, District Advanced Academics Coordinator at 972-727-0332 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the College Board College and Career Pathway, AISD administers PSAT each fall to all ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students. All current ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students will participate in PSAT.
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:
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.Understanding Your PSAT/NMQST Results
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ReadiStep is a middle school assessment that measures skills students need to be on track for college success. It provides insight into students’ academic progress and also equips educators with tools they can use to make informed decisions in
The College Readiness Pathway
ReadiStep is the first step on the College Board’s College Readiness Pathway — an integrated series of assessments that includes the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. Together, these assessments measure a progression of skills and help schools
Measuring College Readiness
Like the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT, ReadiStep is aligned to individual state standards and the Common Core State Standards. It is also aligned to the College Board Standards for College Success (CBSCS), a national model of rigorous standards that define the knowledge and skills students need to be college and career ready.
Learn more about ReadiStep.
Advanced Placement (AP)
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.
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.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Allen High School is an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a rigorous pre-university course of study for the academically talented and highly motivated student.
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.
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.
Texas IB Organization