PINELANDS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED PLACEMENT 2014 History of AP at Pinelands The Advanced Placement Program began in the school year 19901991. At that time, there was only one class running, and it took 15 years to build up the program to include 10 AP classes. Only the top students were selected to take the AP classes, and very few took the exam and passed it at the end of the year. We have slowly opened up the accessibility to the AP classes so that any student interested in taking this type of class can be admitted into the program. We have also encouraged all students to take the exams. Methodology Take Exams/Get student/teacher/parent feedback, recruit new students, reassess program analyze scores, Begin the Year Support New AP Students and Parents Provide support and ongoing communications to AP students and parent Visit each classroom to talk about the upcoming Exams and order exams PEP Rally Countdown to AP Teachers “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ~Rita Pierson AP Classes Math & Science Biology~ Ms. Law *Chemistry~ Mr. Brown Calculus AB~ Mr. Trenelli Calculus BC~ Mr. Trenelli Physics~Dr. Alletto AP Classes English & Social Studies English Language and Composition ~ Mr. Capelli English Literature and Composition~ Mr. Lupo European History~ Ms. English Macroeconomics~ Mr. Bradley Psychology~ Ms. Mongold US History~ Mrs. Poerner Journey to AP Expansion Year Number of AP students 2008 48 2009 2010 2011 2012 52 62 101 126 2013 2014 164 195 Comparative Data Math and Science 2006 2014 Biology Chemistry Calculus AB 4 5 10 23 0 19 Calculus BC Physics 0 1 6 6 Comparative Data English and Social Studies 2006 2014 Lang and Comp Lit and Comp European History 0 15 6 94 29 7 Macroeconomics Psychology US History 6 3 8 74 66 74 5 Year Summary Interesting information Students may take any AP Exam that is offered without taking the class. Students who have already graduated high school can take AP Exams Out of the 408 exams taken this year 117 were taken by students who are economically disadvantaged. Where are we now? Subject Exams Taken Art History 1 Biology 23 Calculus AB 19 Calculus BC 6 Computer Science 1 English Language 94 English Literature 29 European History 7 French Language and Culture 1 Government and Politics 1 Where are we now? Subject Exams Taken Macroeconomics 74 Microeconomics 3 Physics 6 Psychology 66 Spanish Language and Culture 1 United States History 74 Total 408 Exams! 2014~ Grade level Break Down ADVANCED PLACEMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2013-14 3rd Annual AP PEP RALLY More sophomores taking AP classes From 290 Exams to 408 Exams Washington Post~ Most Challenging High School RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2014-15 School Year Partner with SBYS to support AP students with Stress Management techniques Revive the AP Student Advisory Counsel AP Fundraisers Use social media for Communications Purposes AP Online Ordering Next steps… After receiving the AP Examination Scores in July, we will reassess the program, as well as the individual class’ success. I will be meeting with Volunteer AP teachers to have an informal Brainstorming Brunch where we will Celebrate our Success and Plan for the upcoming year. After this meeting I will bring any building level concerns, such as the change in schedule, to the Principal. I will also meet with the Superintendent to request policy changes if needed. A SHARED VISION… I believe that all students in the general population can succeed in an Advanced Placement class in High School with the proper tools: A passionate teacher who is willing to go above and beyond the normal duties of a classroom. One who is an expert in his/her content area, but also has a passion for instilling the love of learning on their students. The resources needed to give students the proper tools (texts, technology, facilities) in order to learn their topic Support from the stakeholders ~the Board, Community, Parents, and the entire Staff AP SCHOLARS students who receive a 3 or higher on three or more exams AmandaAbbott Robert Garvin Amanda Anderson Brittany Lambert Krystin Arcolesse Nancy Mathis Brian Birks Catherine McLearen Noah Cardillo Olivia Oravets Jaime Cohalan Alfredo Ramirez Nicole DeSimone Heather Scott Juliarose Driscoll Austin Tooker Aleece Errico AP SCHOLARS with Honor students who receive an average score of 3.25 on all exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams Kylie Browne Michael Carman Laura Dewey Erin McDonald Sean Minnick Anthony Palandro Avery Wilson AP SCHOLARS with Distinction students who receive an average score of 3.5 on all exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams Elizabeth Nicole Blake Lucas Boyd Matthew Johnson Anastasia McGeoch Aurora Pover John Van Orden Matthew Witbeck Thank you! Teachers AP Students Parents Guidance Department Dr. Blake Mr. Normile Dr. Stevenson Board of Education *Mrs. Linda Getz* FINAL THOUGHTS Being the Pinelands Regional AP Coordinator has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have had thus far. From the moment I recruit these students into the program, until graduation day, they are my students. They know that they can come to me with ideas and concerns and I will listen and try to find a solution. Building a relationship with these students has made me a better supervisor, and has help me to focus all of my energies in the direction of producing life-long learners.
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