Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are part of a program of college-level courses and exams that give high school students the opportunity to receive credit and/or advanced placement in college. Students enrolling in AP courses should expect to develop analytical reasoning skills and study the subject matter in great depth. Enrollment in AP coursework is based on student ability and interest, past performance, counselor and/or teacher input, and success in prerequisite courses. Because of the difficulty of these courses and the time demands involved, grades of "A", "B", or "C", on a student's report cards will receive an extra weight in the computation of the grade point average. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring to meet the expectations of the course and to earn the weighted grade adjustment. Tests costs approximately $94 each. Based on the score of the exam, college credit may be earned. (Weighting: "A" = 5 points, "B" = 4 points, "C" = 3 points, "D" = 1 point, and "F" = 0 point).
AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows:
5 – Extremely well qualified
4 – Well qualified
3 – Qualified
2 – Possibly qualified
1 – No recommendation
AP Exam InformationAP exams will be given in May of each school year.AP fees are billed at the start of each school year. There are two methods of paying for your exams:1. Online through My Payments Plus2. Direct payment by check (made out to Hudson City Schools) or cash.3. Payments by cash or check can be paid directly to Mrs. Golden or Mrs. Treend in the guidance office. If you choose to pay by cash, please submit the exact amounts.4. Students taking AP Economics will be taking two AP exams and will be charged for two exams. These exams are microeconomics and macroeconomics.5. Students taking AP Physics C will be taking two AP exams and will be charged for two exams. These exams are Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism.MANDATORY MEETINGS:All current AP students must attend a preliminary AP informational session to receive the AP bulletin, testing schedule, and information regarding AP fees and special concerns. Please check with Guidance for the exact date of this meeting. It is usually held on a Wednesday morning in February. This meeting is mandatory.All current AP students must also attend a preadministration session. These sessions will take place during the school day in April. Your teacher will be able to give you more information on when this will take place for your class. Bring a pen and a pencil. This meeting is mandatory.If a Student wishes to take an additional AP exam and is not currently enrolled in that class, the student must contact Mrs. Haggerty in the guidance office.If a student is scheduled to take two AP exams at the same time on the same day, the student must contact Mrs. Haggerty or Mr. Winston in the guidance office so that a late exam can be ordered for one of the tests.
Additional InformationAdditional AP information can be found on the following websites:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com – College Board AP main website
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/for-parents - AP resources for families/parents
T E S T I N GThis website will give you information on how AP exam scores relate to college credit at Ohio colleges.This College Board website details how to view your scores and what you need to do in order to send scores to colleges. Hudson High School does not send your AP scores to your college. Sign up for an account through their website before July so you can access your scores in July.
Free Test Prep Resourceshttp://www.princetonreview.com/ - provides free ACT and SAT practice tests
All college-bound students are required to take a college entrance exam, either SAT I or ACT. All registration materials are available in the Guidance Office including test dates and deadlines. Hudson High School is a national test center for the PSAT, SAT I and SAT II (Achievement). A typical testing program for college-bound students is as follows:
- PreACT - All freshman will take the PreACT test on Test Day in October. This teast is a pre-cursor to the ACT test.
- PSAT All sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in October on Test Day. Besides being a good practice session for the SAT Reasoning Test, the results when taken in the junior year may qualify a student for National Merit and/or National Achievement and/or National Hispanic Scholar Award.
- ACT Students should take the ACT in April or June of their junior year and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year—it has a 36-point scale in four areas with a final composite score. The ACT is given at many area schools. The ACT is required for students interested in the Ohio Merit Scholarship. Register at http://www.actstudent.org
- SAT Reasoning Test Students should take the SAT Reasoning Test in May or June of his/her junior year and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year. The SAT has three areas: Verbal, Math and Writing—each section has a 800 point scale, with a total of 2400. Register at http://www.collegeboard.org
- SAT Subject Tests Students should take the SAT Subject Tests in June of his/her junior year. Students should take this test if they are anticipating applying early decision to highly selective colleges and universities.
Students themselves must be aware of the test requirements for individual colleges and testing dates. If they have any questions, they should contact their counselor.
There are special services available for students on an IEP or 504 for SAT/ACT tests. These services are available for seniors in the fall and for juniors in the spring. The test center evaluates the separate registration form submitted and approves/disapproves the requested accommodations. Guidance counselors will be in contact with students who qualify for this service.
These tests begin the first Monday in May for students taking AP classes and can translate into college credit for scores of 3 and higher (selective colleges/universities may require high scores; and some may not award credit for success on AP exams). The expectation is that students taking an AP class will take the exam.All AP exam fees must be paid in early March. Payments can be made through MyPaymentsPlus or by cash or check. If paying by check or cash (exact amount), the cost is $94 per exam. Payments by cash or check can be made directly to the guidance office.
This student generally pursues an accelerated program of studies and receives high marks in these classes. Students excel in their areas of competence along with excellent skills in such areas as writing, mathematics, science, world language, etc. The student has demonstrated an interest and a passion for the subject. The student’s work ethic is such that he or she will spend the time necessary to individually investigate details of the concepts under discussion. Extra time is spent with extensive reading assignments, and homework assignments are consistently done on time and complete.
A new high school portfolio is generated with three writings added each year agreed upon by the grade level team. Grades 9-12 writing samples are stored and contents given to seniors at the end of their senior year.