For information on AP and Honors summer homework for 2016, please check back soon.
In the 2014-2015 school year, approximately 58% of our Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors were enrolled in at least 1 AP course. These 232 students took an unprecedented 377 AP exams during the month of May! In 2015-2016, we administered over 400 AP exams!
We will offer the following 13 AP courses for 2016-2017:
AP Art History
AP English Language
AP English Literature
AP European History
AP US History
AP US Government and Politics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Environmental Science
AP French Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture
We will offer the following Honors classes in 2016-2017:
Honors Psychology (9th)
Honors English 10
Honors Integrated Math III and Pre-Calculus
Honors Physics (12th)
Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Course Access at ESAT
Despite being a small school, we pride ourselves in offering a large and ever-expanding number of advanced courses for students in the 9th-12th grades: 13 AP courses and 4 Honors courses. In line with College Board’s emphasis on “Equity and Access”, all Advanced Placement courses are open to any interested students, without pre-requisite GPAs or teacher recommendations. We want all of our students to have ample opportunities to experience college-level rigor and prepare themselves for college success.
Why should a student should take AP or Honors?
- Opportunity to learn a specific subject area more in-depth.
- Exposure to college-level reading, expectations, and lengthy, timed exams (just like college finals).
- Students report feeling more confident enrolling in college courses after taking AP.
- Advanced courses are weighted, leading to higher potential Grade Point Averages.
- Advanced courses are noted on transcripts, which strengthens a student’s applications for college and scholarships. Colleges want to see students increasing their challenging course load each year.
- AP only: Possibility of earning college credit if the student earns a 3, 4, or 5 out of 5 on the May AP exam. This can save students from having to take courses in college and saves tuition money.
Commonalities among AP and Honors course workload
- Nightly pre-reading for learning.
- Increased homework and reading load.
- Monthly or twice monthly timed exams for each course.
- Expectation to attend study/review sessions and mock exams after school and on some Saturdays, particularly in the Spring.
AP specific information:
Supports specifically for AP students:
1) AP Preparation Books We are committed to providing preparation books in addition to textbooks to each student in an AP class (i.e. 5 Steps to a 5, Barron’s, Crash Course, etc.).
2) Study and Review Sessions afterschool and Saturdays.
3) AP Prep class/study hall elective option offered for Seniors with 2 or more AP courses.
4) Reduced Exam Fees based on financial need.
5) Full length Mock Exams for each course during the Spring to help students feel more comfortable with exam format and timings, gauge readiness for May exam, and address misconceptions.
How to Apply
AP, Honors, and Special Electives Applications will be made available online here and in the quad starting Monday, May 9 during our Whole School Meeting AP Fair for students. Parents are invited to learn more about the courses on Friday, May 13 from 5-7pm. Completed applications for Incoming 10th-12th are due no later than 1:30pm on Friday, May 20, 2016.