Just like their parents, our expectations are
high for our students. We owe them the most
rigorous curriculum possible in order to open
• The Job Market has Changed.
• College Admissions have become more competitive.
• The Global and National Economy is making it even more
evident that the more education one has, the higher their
income will be.
• By 2020, 75% of jobs will require a Post-Secondary Degree.
• There is no do-over for high school. The high school years are
crucial to opening all doors for life.
• What did you want to be your Freshmen year of high school?
• The percent of a school’s students who take and
pass AP exams is the best AP-related indicator of
whether the school is preparing increasing
percentages of its students to graduate from
• A student taking and passing an AP exam has a
37% better chance of graduating from college.
• A student taking an AP class and not passing an
AP exam has a 23% better chance of graduating
Average grades of matched AP and non-AP
students’ performance in intermediate-level
STEM coursework in college
Research shows that participation in high-quality curricula, measured by external assessments
like the AP Exam, significantly boosts the likelihood of students’ future success in college.
AP students develop skills that increase their
likelihood of earning a college degree
AP Exam Score of 3 or Higher
28% higher graduation rate
Not Low Income
Source: Chrys Dougherty, Lynn Mellor and Shuling Jian. 2006. “The Relationship Between Advanced
Placement and College Graduation,” (2005), National Center for Educational Accountability.
5 | February 9, 2011 | The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation
American students who participate in AP Calculus, even those who
“fail” the AP Exam, demonstrated higher achievement in the TIMSS
study than any other participating nation’s students
• Dual Enrollment (CSU-Pueblo/ CU-Denver)
– Seniors potentially graduate w/ up to 30 credits
• AP/ Dual Enrollment Structure
Q: Why is my kid in AP English and CSU-P English?!?!
A: Private Schools may take only AP Credit
Public Schools take both.
• 30 Credits earned at FFCHS equate to one year of
college. One year of college room and board equates to
• Students working at Taco Bell to “Save for College”
won’t save $22,000. School pays better than Taco Bell.
School and Home….
• Advanced classes are incorporating work days for
students to perform and ask questions in class.
• Incorporating the “Flipping of a classroom”
• Before school and after school tutoring.
• Stress management support group
• Advanced class teacher committee
• Interdisciplinary communication
Designate an area in the home specifically for
homework that is:
a) Well lit, and full of school supplies, pencil sharpeners,
b) Away from all screens and other techno-distractions and
in full view! Keep their phone. Keep their laptop, until
they are ready for it, and then ask them why they need
Encourage frequent breaks. Studying 45 minutes out of
60 minutes is the rule of thumb. Have a designated
“break spot” away from homework
Sit with your child at the table. Read. Pay bills.
What Can You Do to Support (cont)
Goal set with your child. Post goals around the house!
Encourage them to take a career interest survey and then
investigate with your child steps necessary to pursue their
interest (which will change at least once!). Get answers for
them from their counselor.
Have study groups over to the house. Make cookies.
Don’t believe everything you hear! Communicate with
‘Part’ time jobs should require no more than 12 hours per
week. (A strong ACT, Dual Enrollment and GPA will pay
Start with the hardest homework. Get it done!
Focus on the child’s role in the home as that of “Learner”
rather than dishwasher, babysitter, lawnmower…
Thank You for Coming!