Advanced Placement®

Description

Advanced Placement® (AP) courses provide a unique learning experience that promotes college readiness. AP courses are college-level courses and exams provided in high schools for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process. AP course descriptions and exams are developed by the College Board, and are available in over 30 subjects including art, computer science, history and social sciences, mathematics, sciences, English language and literature, and world languages.

Click Here for AP course descriptions

Click Here to see the AP Exam Schedule

For schools to offer an authorized AP course the teacher of the course must submit a syllabus for approval through AP Course Audit and the school must designate an AP Coordinator who will be responsible for organizing and administering that school’s AP program, exams and materials. If a school does not have the resources to offer an AP course, students may also enroll in AP courses through Florida Virtual School or Palm Beach Virtual School.

In addition to individual AP courses, there is an AP Capstone Diploma program. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through four other AP courses of the student’s choice. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

The College Board also offers AP Digital Edge courses which partner industry certifications with specific AP subject areas. AP Digital Edge embeds the practice of related software skills into the curriculum of an AP course. Participating students will take both the course-related AP exam and a certification exam in the related digital tool. The following pairings are currently offered:

  • AP Microeconomics with Microsoft Excel 2013
  • AP English Language & Composition with Microsoft Word 2013
  • AP Computer Science with Javascript
  • AP Studio Art: 2D Design with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Benefits

Advanced Placement coursework is challenging, however any student who is motivated and interested may take an AP course. As a District policy, students who register and take an AP course must also take the AP exam to successfully complete the course. The AP exams are developed and scored by college and university faculty members as well as experienced AP teachers. Advanced Placement is accepted by most two-and four-year colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of 3 and above. For more information about credit policies for AP courses click here.

Weighting

Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0

B = 4.5

C = 3.0

D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer Advanced Placement courses

All District high schools offer at least one AP course – which courses and how many are offered vary by school, based on student interest, as well as teacher expertise and resource availability.

The following schools offer the AP Capstone Diploma program:

Boca Raton High School

Jupiter High School

Olympic Heights High School

Royal Palm Beach High School

Santaluces High School

Spanish River High School

Suncoast High School

West Boca Raton High School

William T. Dwyer High School

The following schools offer AP Digital Edge courses:

Atlantic High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel, AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Computer Science/Javascript, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Boca Raton High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel, AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Computer Science/Javascript, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

John I. Leonard High School: AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Lake Worth High School: AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Park Vista High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel

Suncoast High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel, AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Computer Science/Javascript, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Links to information on college acceptance of AP scores:

 Click Here for information on the state articulation agreement for AP, IB and AICE credit.

Click Here to search for AP Credit Policies at various universities.
District AP Results can be found annually on the District website

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

Advanced International Cambridge Examinations (AICE)

Description

Advanced International Cambridge Examinations (AICE) courses are part of the Cambridge Advanced Programme – the culmination of a K-12 international program offered through Cambridge University. There are 55 different AICE subjects. These college-level courses and exams are provided in high schools for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process.

Click Here for a description of the Cambridge Advanced AS and A Level Programme (high school).

Click Here for a description of the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme (middle school).

Click Here to see the AICE Exam Schedule (Note: the USA is in Zone 2)

In addition to individual AICE and pre-AICE courses, there is an AICE Diploma available. To earn an AICE Diploma, students must take seven credits with a minimum of one course in each of the following groups:

  • Math/Science
  • Languages
  • AS Global Perspectives & Research (core requirement)
  • Interdisciplinary & Skills Based Subjects (maximum of 2 credits)
    • A second year of Global Perspectives (A level)
    • Thinking Skills
    • General Paper

 

Benefits

AICE coursework is challenging, however any student who is motivated and interested may take an AICE course. As a District policy, students who register and take an AICE course must also take the AICE exam to successfully complete the course. The AICE exams are developed and scored by Cambridge University. AS and A Level AICE exam scores are accepted by most public colleges and universities in Florida for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of A, B, C, D or E. Many universities worldwide also accept Cambridge course credits. For more information about credit policies for AICE courses click here.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Weighting

Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0

B = 4.5

C = 3.0

D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer AICE courses

All District high schools offer at least one AICE course – which courses and how many are offered, as well as whether or not the AICE Diploma is available, vary by school, based on student interest, teacher expertise and resource availability.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Programmes:

Woodlands Middle School

The Conservatory School

Cambridge Primary Programmes:

The Conservatory School

Links to information on college acceptance of AICE scores:

 Click Here for information on the state articulation agreement for AP, IB and AICE credit.

Click Here to search for AICE Credit Policies at various universities.
AICE exam results are sent directly to schools each year.

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

 

Advanced International Cambridge Examinations (AICE)

Description

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are part of the International Baccalaureate Programmes which include elementary, middle and high school levels.  These programs are part of Choice Programs.

Click Here for a description of the IB Diploma Programme

Click Here for a description of the IB Career-related Programme

Click Here for a description of the IB Middle Years Programme

Click Here for a description of the IB Primary Years Programme

In the high school Diploma Programme (DP), college-level courses culminate with exams for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process. The IB Diploma is recognized internationally and leads to advanced standing in universities throughout the world. The IB Diploma Programme framework includes required courses within six subject groups: 1) Studies in Language and Literature, 2) Language Acquisition, 3) Individuals and Societies, 4) Experimental Sciences, 5) Mathematics and Computer Science, and 6) Arts. There are additional requirements for Community Action and Service, Theory of Knowledge and the completion of an Extended Essay. The IBDP culminates with both internal and external assessments.

Click Here to see the IB Exam Schedule

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) includes a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, a core of four components and a career-related study. The CP also includes internal and external assessments.

Because the IB Program is a Choice program, students must apply to attend. The IB Diploma program has specific requirements, including a 3.0 Academic GPA. Algebra I or Algebra I Honors are recommended. It is also recommended to have Spanish, French, or Chinese for high school credit.

Benefits

As a District policy, students who register and take an IB course must also take the IB exam to successfully complete the curriculum. The IB exams are developed and scored by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. IB exam scores are accepted by most public colleges and universities in Florida for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of 4 and above. Many universities worldwide also accept IB course credits. For more information about credit policies for IB courses click here.

Students who have completed the IB Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who have completed the International Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Weighting

Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0

B = 4.5

C = 3.0

D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer IB programs

The following District schools offer an International Baccaluareate Programme:

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme:

Atlantic Community High School

Forest Hill Community High School

Pahokee Middle/Senior High School

Royal Palm Beach Community High School

Suncoast High School

William T. Dwyer High School

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme:

Atlantic Community High School

Forest Hill Community High School

Suncoast High School

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programmes:

Atlantic Community High School

Carver Middle School

Conniston Middle School

John F. Kennedy Middle School

Forest Hill Community High School

Pahokee Middle/Senior High School

Royal Palm Beach Community High School (currently undergoing authorization)

Suncoast High School

William T. Dwyer High School

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programmes:

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School

Forest Park Elementary School

Morikami Park Elementary School

Pahokee Elementary School

Westward Elementary School

A federal grant was awarded that will also include the development of IB programs at the following schools between 2016 and 2019:

Grove Park Elementary

Howell L. Watkins Middle School

Palmetto Elementary School

Links to information on college acceptance of IB scores:

Click Here for information on the state articulation agreement for AP, IB and AICE credit.

Click Here to search for IB Credit Policies at various universities.
IB exam results are sent directly to schools each year.

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

 

College Readiness Assessments

There are several exams that students can take to assess their college readiness status. The results of these exams can be used in various ways.

The PSAT 8 is given to eighth grade students. PSAT 8 results can be used to establish a baseline for high school and college readiness and, when connected to Khan Academy, can provide free online personalized practice to improve math and language skills and to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT.

The PSAT/NMSQT is given each October to 10th graders. It is also the test that 11th graders should take to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program. The results of the PSAT/NMSQT can be used much like the PSAT 8 – to measure current progress toward college readiness and to continue developing skills using free Khan Academy resources.

The PSAT 8 and PSAT/NMSQT results can also be used to identify students with potential to be successful in accelerated coursework. AP Potential® is a free, web-based tool that allows schools to expand opportunities by generating rosters of students who are likely to score a 3 or better on a given AP Exam. Based on research that shows strong correlations between PSAT/NMSQT® scores and AP exam results, schools can use results to infer that students with certain scores may also have potential or interest in AICE, IB or Dual Enrollment coursework. For students who are not yet ready, a pathway for preparation can be designed so that they can be prepared to succeed in an accelerated course prior to high school graduation.

The SAT and ACT results are generally used for college admissions as well as for qualification of college readiness status for a concordant score for graduation purposes. The PERT can also be used as a measure of college readiness and graduation concordance. These tests are normally taken by 11th and 12th grade students.

The District provides the SAT during a school day each spring for 11th grade students. In doing so, many of the barriers for low-income students are removed, allowing every 11th grader to participate in college readiness opportunities. This also allows students ample time and individualized online support to practice and re-take the test if they want to work toward a better score.

The alignment of the SAT suite of assessments to the Florida State standards is strong.  Because the PSAT 8, PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT exams are aligned in content and format, and because results from each test can be used to prepare for the next one via Khan Academy, a solid system of support with long term continuity is provided by giving students these assessments in 8th grade, again in 10th grade and finally in 11th grade, thereby helping students and educators to monitor their progress toward college readiness throughout their secondary school years.

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PSAT 8

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PSAT/NMSQT

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SAT

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests students’ knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

ACT

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

PERT

The purpose of Florida’s Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is to adequately assess students’ academic skills in mathematics, reading and writing through the delivery of three assessments, one for each of these areas. The results of these assessments are used to determine student placement into appropriate courses at your college.

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/pdf/PERT-StudentStudyGuide.pdf

http://www.fscj.edu/mydegree/assessment-certification/cpt/assets/documents/pert-math-study-guide.pdfhttp://www.seminolestate.edu/testing/cpt/

Other College Readiness Links for Students and Parents:

http://advocacy.collegeboard.org/fivewaysedpays

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

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Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org