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Davidson Fine Arts
  • November 29, 2016

    Dear Parents/Guardian(s),

    This year, all Richmond County schools are charged with completing their registration process earlier than in previous years.   Accordingly, this letter is provided to give information that may be helpful in considering whether or not to include Advanced Placement (AP) courses as a part of your child’s curriculum next year. 

    What is AP?  Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses are college-level courses offered in high school.  AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses.  At the end of these courses, students take AP Exams—standardized exams that measure how well students have mastered college-level course work.

    What are the benefits of taking AP CoursesAP can set students apart in the college admission and scholarship process by showing that they are willing to challenge themselves with rigorous work.  Additionally, students who earn credit for advanced placement courses based on their AP exam score may save significant amounts of money and time in college.  In addition to gaining subject-area facts, students also benefit by building skills in time management, research, communication, problem solving and analysis.  Their creativity is also tapped as they address course challenges and students are better prepared for college-level work.

    When can my child begin taking AP courses?  In accordance with the College Board’s recommendation, AP courses are available beginning in grade 10.    Typically, AP World History is the only course available to sophomore students.

    What AP Courses are availableAt Davidson, the following courses are taught in grades 10 -12.

     

    AP English Literature*

    AP English Language &Composition*

    AP Statistics

    AP Calculus AB

    AP Environmental Science

    AP Biology

    AP Chemistry

    AP World History

    AP US History

    AP Studio Art:  Drawing, 2-D Portfolio, 3-D Portfolio

    AP Music Theory

    AP Psychology

     

     

    *Currently, all juniors take AP English Literature and all seniors take AP English Language.

     

    Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of other AP courses not taught at Davidson through the Georgia Virtual School Online Program.  In total, the College Board provides more than 30 courses.

     

    How can a student enroll in an AP courseWhat are the requirements for AP Courses?   Students in AP courses must demonstrate willingness, a solid work ethic and necessary academic preparation.  To enroll in an AP course, students must:

    1. Complete the AP Google Doc Request Application. The link to the application is available on the Davidson Fine Arts Website under the “students” tab.
    2. The applications are due by 5PM on Monday, December 5. At 5 PM, the portal will close and no other applications will be accepted.
    3. Applications will be reviewed by the subject area teachers, who will grant approval. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
      • AP Potential (This information, generated by the College Board, suggests AP courses that might be fitting based on the student’s PSAT score.)
      • Subject area grades (including current and previous courses): Students must possess an 88 average or higher to enroll in any AP courses other than AP Calculus or AP Chemistry in which a 90 average is required.
      • Satisfaction of course pre-requisites, if applicable
      • Work Ethic
    4. Students must enter their regular course choices; however, AP Course request(s) will be entered by Administration upon approval.
    5. Once the teacher’s signature is given, then the student may enter the AP course number into the computer during the registration hour.
    6. Consideration in the scheduling process will also be given to the priority assigned to the course.

     

     

    What are other things to consider if my child wants to take an AP course?  Given the rigor of AP classes, students who enroll in AP courses should carefully evaluate their extracurricular obligations.  Students should be prepared to spend several hours beyond class time studying or completing AP coursework. Reading and research outside of class, tutoring sessions etc., are common activities for AP students.  Additionally, students should pick courses that match their interests, talents and priorities.  They should also think about courses they’ve previously taken and the ones they found to be most interesting and enjoyable.

     

     

    Where can I find out more information about the AP Programwww.exploreap.org

     

     

    AP Course

    Suggested Pre-requisite Courses

    AP Biology

    Biology  and Chemistry

    AP Calculus

    Pre-Calculus

    AP Chemistry

    Chemistry and Algebra 2

    AP English Language

    None

    AP English Literature

    None

    AP Environmental Science

    2 years of HS Lab Science

    AP Music Theory

    Basic performance skills in voice or instrument

    AP Statistics

    2 years of algebra

    AP Studio  Art

    None

    AP United States History

    None

    AP World History

    None

     

    Disclaimer:  Please understand that your admittance to any AP course is contingent upon your performance in the related course.  Some students may not be approved if all requirements are not met. 

     

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work together to ensure your student’s successful registration for next year’s classes.

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