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AP-FAQ Oakdale High

1. Should all OHS students take Pre AP and AP Classes?

Pre AP and AP Class Teachers must adhere to the pace and rigor of their classes’ College Board approved curriculum in order to prepare their students to pass the AP Exam at the end of the year. There is no time for re-teaching concepts that a student might struggle with in class. Assigned readings and/or assignments must all be completed outside of class time and will not necessarily be “re-taught” during class time. If a student struggles with a class of this rigor, transferring into a regular class after the from a Pre AP or AP Class is problematic for even the brightest student, because a regular College Prep Class has a dramatically different scope and sequence than a Pre AP or AP Class. Supporting students and their parents in making wise choices regarding student placement initially is incredibly important.

2. Which OHS students should consider taking Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement English Classes?

The following students should be encouraged to enroll in Pre Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement English Classes:

  • All gifted learners or high achievers with successful completion (B or better) in a Pre AP English Class or C or better in an AP English Class during the previous year and demonstrating successful completion of any assigned summer work.
  • All gifted learners or high achievers with B or better in a regular college prep English Class during the previous year and demonstrating successful completion of any assigned summer work.
  • Students in the top 10% of their grade level in the English Language Arts CSTs with B or above during the previous year’s regular College Prep English and demonstrating successful completion of assigned summer work.

3. Which OHS students should consider taking Advanced Placement History/Social Science Classes?

The following students should be encouraged to enroll in Pre Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement English Classes:

  • All gifted learners or high achievers with successful completion (B or better) in a Pre AP English Class or C or better in an AP English Class during the previous year and demonstrating successful completion of any assigned summer work.
  • All gifted learners or high achievers with B or better in a regular college prep English Class during the previous year and demonstrating successful completion of any assigned summer work.
  • Students in the top 10% of their grade level in the English Language Arts CSTs with B or above during the previous year’s regular College Prep English and demonstrating successful completion of assigned summer work.

4. Which OHS students should consider taking Advanced Placement Math Classes?

The most accelerated Math continuum for gifted learners and high achievers is described below:

  • 7th Grade: Algebra

  • 8th Grade: Geometry

  • 9th Grade: Accelerated Algebra II (All 9th graders taking Algebra II are placed in Accelerated Algebra II.)

  • 10th Grade: Accelerated Pre Calculus (All 10th graders taking Pre Calculus are placed in Accelerated Pre Calculus.)

  • 11th Grade: AP Calculus

  • 12th Grade: AP Statistics

  • The criterion for an AP or Pre AP math student is based upon when the student enters this continuum.

  • To enter in 7th grade the student must have teacher recommendation, score Proficient or Advanced on the 6th grade Mathematics CST and score 85% or higher on the Algebra 1 Readiness Test.

  • A student may enter this accelerated continuum at two different points in 9th grade Geometry or Algebra II.

  • For Geometry the 9th grade student must have a C or better in Algebra 1 and be Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I CST.

  • For Algebra II the 9th grade student must have scored C or better in Geometry and score Proficient or Advanced on the Geometry CST.

The district’s graduation requirement is 3 years of high school math with minimum attainment of Algebra I.

Admission to a four year college or university requires minimum attainment of Algebra II with a C or higher.

5. Which OHS students should consider taking Advanced Placement Foreign Language Classes?

  • Students earning an A or B in either Spanish for Spanish Speakers or Spanish IV should consider taking AP Spanish.
  • Students earning a C in either Spanish for Spanish Speakers or Spanish IV will also be asked to complete a diagnostic test.  The AP Spanish teacher will use the results of this diagnostic test to advise the student re. possible areas of deficit skill and whether or not they should be encouraged to enroll in AP Spanish.
  • Any student not meeting the above criteria may pursue AP Spanish.  Demonstration of pre-requisite knowledge via a diagnostic test and/or interview in Spanish will be used to counsel students regarding the most appropriate continuum of Foreign Language Classes for that student.

6. Which OHS students should consider taking Advanced Placement Art Classes?

Students receiving a recommendation from a teacher in the OHS Art Department and demonstrating successful completion of any assigned summer work will be encouraged to enroll in the AP Studio Art Class.

7. Should all Gifted Learner and High Achievers take Pre AP and AP Classes at OHS?

The district recognizes that both identified gifted and high achieving students at a high school level may be heavily involved in sports, music, drama, and/or other enrichment areas. Dependent upon this time commitment, gifted learners and high achievers previously on the Pre AP/AP course continuum may opt not to take Pre AP or AP courses for which they are qualified. Each student’s interests and future goals should be considered when making families are considering this decision.

8. What level of achievement is expected in order for students to continue on the Pre AP/AP Academic Continuum at OHS?

Pre-AP and AP students and their parents should clearly understand that:

  • Students not meeting the expected rigor of C or above in any AP class or B or above in any Pre AP Class may be dropped from that class and will be subject to seat availability for future Pre AP/AP classes in the same discipline.
  • Students who decide to drop a Pre AP or AP class will carry the Pre AP or AP grade earned thus far into the class they transfer into. The Pre AP or AP grade will not be raised if the student opts to transfer into another regular college prep class. The scope and sequence of Pre AP and AP classes is quite different from the corresponding college prep level class. Thus, transferring from a Pre AP or AP class at the quarter or semester can be difficult for even the brightest students. Committing to Pre AP and AP coursework is a serious commitment that should be discussed between the parent and child.
  • Students not meeting the expected rigor for an AP class in any given year may pursue enrollment in a Pre-AP or AP class the following year.

Both students and parents are reminded that Pre AP and AP courses require much of students and that the curriculum’s pace and the higher level of expectation cannot be adjusted to help students who may struggle.

9. What is the process to place a transfer student in a Pre AP or AP English class?

Students transferring into Oakdale High School

The Oakdale High School Counseling Office will make the English Department Head aware of any transfer student who might be appropriately placed in the Pre AP/AP English Continuum.

The English Department will arrange for a diagnostic essay to inform placement and provide summer work.

This process is used for students transferring in during the school year and students transferring in during the summer.