Cabot's high school program for gifted students follows the Gifted and Talented Rules and Regulations: Program Approval Standards by the Arkansas Department of Education. Identified G/T students in grades 10-12 are served through Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, and G/T Seminar. Pre-AP and AP courses are offered beginning in grade 7 and continuing through grade 12. G/T Seminar is designed to help students excel in Pre-AP and AP coursework, as well as teach strategies for taking high stakes exams such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. G/T Seminar curriculum is based on the frameworks developed by the Arkansas Department of Education for seminar courses. G/T Seminar is a year-long course targeted for 10th grade students, but juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll. Identified students at the high school level are involved in ancillary programs such as quiz bowl and Arkansas Governor's School.
What is Advanced Placement?
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a collaborative effort among motivated students, dedicated teachers, and high schools, colleges, and universities. Since its inception, the program has allowed millions of high school students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit while still in high school. The program consists of two parts: the course and the exam. Students are expected to participate in both parts of the program.
Who should be involved in the AP Program?
· All college bound students
· Students who want a challenging academic program.
What are the academic benefits of AP?
· Learn the subject in greater depth.
· Develop analytical reasoning skills.
· Form disciplined study habits.
· Gain confidence by meeting the challenge of college-level courses.
· Gain experience of college-level work within the support of the high school environment.
What are the college benefits of AP?
College admission counselors look for AP credit on transcripts. AP credit improves a student's acceptance rate. Most colleges and universities award credit for successful completion of an AP exam. Students may be granted up to a full year's credit by a college/university upon completion of a number of AP exams. Each college/university sets policy for AP exam credit.
To check each institution, go to http://reports.collegeboard.com
What are AP Exams?
AP classes include term and year-long courses of study which culminate with a nationally coordinated exam.
· AP exams for each course are prepared by the College Board Exam Development Committees.
· Most AP exams consist of a multiple choice section and a free-response section.
· Foreign language exams also include listening and speaking portions.
· Studio Art exams are based on a portfolio.
· Exams are typically three hours in length.
· Exam fees are set by the College Board. The state of Arkansas currently pays the exam fee.
· Exams are given in May on a prescribed national schedule.
AP Regular/Late Exam Schedule
How are exams graded and scores reported?
Each AP exam grade is a weighted combination of the student's score on the multiple choice section and on the free-response section.
The final grade is reported on a 5-point scale
5 = extremely well qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possibly qualified
1 = no recommendation
Exam scores are sent in July to the college/university designated on the the student's answer sheet, to the student's secondary school, and to the student.
How are AP grades reported on a transcript?
Because of the rigor of AP courses, all AP courses carry weighted grades.
A = 5 B = 4 C = 3 D = 2 F = 0
Students who complete the AP Program may be honored by the College Board in the following manner:
AP Scholar: granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams on full-year courses.
AP Scholar with Honor: granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams on full-year courses.
AP Scholar with Distinction: granted to students who receive an average grade point of 3.5 or higher on five or more of these exams on full-year courses.
AP National Scholar: granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on 8 or more exams.
What are AP course offerings?
· Rigorous college level courses designed to accelerate curriculum
· Provide opportunity to receive college credit through AP end-of-year course exam
· Weighted if end-of-year course is taken
· Open to all students
· Pre-AP courses are recommended but are not required prerequisites for AP courses.
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