AP Program

Mark your calendar now and plan ahead!  All WPHS students enrolled in AP courses during 2018-2019 are required to take exams.


ABOUT

West Point High School is the cornerstone of a small, rural community that takes great pride in preparing students for life after high school.  The faculty and staff of the school and our feeder schools are constantly working to improve instruction methods.  We believe that it is our mission to prepare our students for the increased rigor and demands they will face in college as well as for the demands they will encounter in adulthood.

 

As a public high school, we are faced with the challenge of providing varied instruction to accommodate for both high achieving students and those students who struggle academically.  We are also challenged by a millennial generation that becomes easily bored or dis-engaged with instruction delivered via the old “sit and get” model.  These two factors alone are enough to justify change.  As educators we are lifelong learners who believe in the value of working toward a goal.  Our goal is to prepare every student as college and/or career ready by the exit of high school.  To adequately prepare our students we must be willing to find new ways to reach them.  These beliefs led us to pursue the opportunity to offer AP and Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) courses in our school and serve as the spark to ignite the change needed to meet our goal.   

 

In the 2013-2014 school year our faculty began discussions on what opportunities our students had verses schools in our region.  At that time, our students had little to no access to college level course work and the opportunity to earn college credit.  In 2014-2015 we started building our AP program by launching a few Advanced Placement courses.  Our students became excited and our faculty found new enthusiasm. In 2015-2016 we applied for and were invited into the A+ College Ready program.  This program enabled us to expand our course offerings to include Pre-AP and AP coursework, provide quality training for teachers, and funding for classroom supplies.  As of 2016-2017 our course offerings and student enrollment numbers in challenging courses has increased exponentially!



We can already see a difference in the performance of our students and the expectations of our community.  Many of our teachers have reported having “ah-ha” moments when they see the students using higher order, critical thinking skills.  Students are engaged and learning at a deeper level than ever before.  Our AP program has ensured greater academic opportunities for our students by better preparing them for college and by providing a pathway for college credit at low to no cost.  It has opened doors for our teachers to participate in professional learning events that are much needed.  Our students are being challenged and are actively engaged in learning.


Program Details

The AP (Advanced Placement) program at West Point High School is built on the idea that achieving college and/or career readiness status is a process, not one event.  As a vertical team, West Point High School and West Point Middle School teachers and staff are working together to build an AP program that will provide a solid educational foundation for our students.  Through the program students are able to begin more challenging honors level (PreAP) coursework as early as 6th grade.  

During the 2015 summer break 12 teachers from WPHS and WPMS attended intense, quality professional development workshops.  This training expanded to a total of 26 teachers who attended during the 2016 summer.  In 2017, teachers from WPHS, WPMS, and Harmony Schools attended training.  This training was made available to all core teachers.  Professional development and content training is an ongoing component to the AP program.  In addition to instructional training, administrators and counselors also attend training.  This is all made possible through the A+ College Ready Grant.

In 2016-2017, as pictured in the graphic above, course availability to students has increased dramatically.  In the spring of 2017 over 200 AP Exams were administered to 11th and 12th grade students.  Students who pass exams will receive college credit.  (College credit policies can be researched at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies .  College policies vary.) Exam fees will be offset for three school years (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019) thanks to the A+ College Ready grant.  

In 2017-2018, AP Computer Science Principles was added to the line up.  Students in grades 11 and 12 may participate in AP CSP.  This course is also recognized as a math course because of it's content. 

In 2018-2019, AP Psychology will be added to course offerings. 

Enrollment Numbers for 2017-2018
PreAP Courses - 437 Enrollments
AP Courses - 239 Enrollments

Projected Enrollment Numbers for 2018-2019
PreAP Courses - 577 Enrollments
AP Courses - 314 Enrollments

All students are offered the opportunity to participate in the AP program.  To aide students and parents in course decision making, each spring every student receives an individualized course recommendation based on test scores, class performance, and student motivation.  Parents have the option to override recommended courses.


MORE INFORMATION

For more information on AP, visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap .


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