STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAMS OF EXCELLENCE
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ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAMS OF EXCELLENCE
(APPX) provides highly motivated students the opportunity to create a challenging and interdisciplinary program of study geared to the student’s unique strengths and interests. The Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) program and the Advanced Placement Distinguished Scholars (APDS) program are designed to give students multiple Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings by teachers who are specially trained. Each program offers a wide variety of AP courses relating to the student’s personal interests and their individual academic strengths.
APPX - SPECIFIC PROGRAM - OVERVIEWS
The Advanced Placement Programs of Excellence (APPX) is aligned with the nationally and internationally recognized Advanced Placement Program, which is a part of the College Board’s partnership with high schools, colleges and universities. This Signature Program is designed to provide students with instruction in a variety of college level courses, taught by College Board trained instructors, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to achieve at an advanced level.
It is recognized that Advanced Placement (AP) courses challenge students with a rigorous, academic focus on content knowledge, and challenge students to exercise analytical reasoning skills and disciplined study habits. In alignment with the development of these academic skills and our school division’s continued commitment to excellence and equity, one intended outcome of the APPX is to provide enhanced preparation of our students in their quest to compete for admissions and scholarships from prestigious universities in Virginia and across the nation.
Participants will be recognized at graduation with an approved board designation APPX Diploma Seal and a program area cord distinction to be worn with their high school’s cap and gown regalia.
Goals/Objectives of APPX:
► To increase student exposure to college level materials and skills; and to provide students opportunities to achieve success in Advanced Placement courses with academic support and guidance from administrators, teachers, and counselors
► To provide individualized learning experiences that capitalize on the student’s unique interests, abilities, and future goals
► To provide students additional opportunities to be recognized for their outstanding academic efforts and achievements
► To create an opportunity for students to achieve qualifying scores for colleges that help reduce the financial costs associated with higher education
APPX Program Specifics: Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)
The Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized certificate for students with an international outlook. The APID challenges a student to display exceptional achievement on AP Exams across several disciplines. Universities worldwide utilize the APID as a criterion for consideration in admissions. The APID is available to students attending secondary schools outside the United States and for U.S. resident students applying to universities outside the country. APID is not a substitute for a high school diploma; however, it does provide students with an additional certification for their outstanding academic excellence.
In order to earn the AP International Diploma (APID) recognition, students in the APID Program must:
1. Meet all state and county requirements for graduation, as well as requirements for APID program designation
2. As a part of their participation over a four year period, take at least 6 AP courses and the corresponding AP Tests
3. Earn scores of 3 or higher on at least five AP Exams in the following content areas:
► Two AP Exams from two different languages selected from English and/or World Languages
► One AP Exam designated as offering a global perspective (World History, Human Geography, and/or Government and Politics: Comparative)
► One exam from the Sciences or Mathematics content areas
► One (or two) additional exam(s) from any content areas except English and World Languages
*It is suggested that students complete pre-requisite courses (Pre-AP) in 9th grade and beyond; these courses are currently referred to as “Honors” or “Advanced” in the High School Program of Studies 2012-2013.
4. As a U.S. resident student, indicate on at least one AP Exam answer sheet that the results should be sent to a university outside the United States.
APPX Program Specifics: Advanced Placement Distinguished Scholars (APDS)
APDS Content Concentration Scholar Recognition:
Students successfully completing six or more AP courses within an identified content area can be recognized in their senior year as a content-related APPX Advanced Placement Distinguished Scholar (APDS) by Stafford County Public Schools. Students must additionally successfully complete the Service – Learning portfolio assessment/project component. The associated Service-Learning assessment will be a required component of the program for members of the class of 2013 and beyond.
Content Related - Concentration Areas:
James Farmer Global Studies Scholar – A concentration in Social Studies courses with a research project that reflects a theme/concept of that nature. AP exam scores in Social Studies courses must be 3 or higher.
Sir Isaac Newton Science/Mathematics (STEM) Scholar – A concentration in the areas of Science and Math (STEM) with a research project that reflects a theme/concept of that nature. AP exam scores in Science and Math courses must be 3 or higher. Additionally, the student MUST successfully complete the required Engineering Coursework component.
Thomas Jefferson Linguistics Scholar – A concentration in the areas of English, World Language and Humanities courses with a research project that reflects a theme/concept of that nature. AP exam scores in English, World Language and Humanities courses must be 3 or higher.
Palmer Hayden Humanities Scholar – A concentration in Fine and Performing Arts courses with a research project that reflects a theme/concept of that nature. AP exam scores in the Fine and Performing Arts courses must be 3 or higher.
In order to earn AP Distinguished Scholars (APDS) recognition, students in the APPX program must:
► Three Required Content Concentration Courses
► Two (or more) additional exam(s) from among any electives within their content areas
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Last Updated: 06/06/2013