• Pre- Advance Placement Science

    By beginning as early as middle school to provide instruction in key knowledge and skill sets, I can ensure that students are better prepared for AP courses and more eager to maintain their academic success. My Pre-AP course is a shared responsibility among teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and parents. When we have high expectations for all students, the students are more likely to meet our expectations.

    What is Pre-AP?

    • It is a program that helps students to develop skills that will help them succeed in AP courses and ultimately in college.
    • It is based in skills and logic, not necessarily in content. Teachers select activities and lessons that engage students in the curriculum by challenging them to use AP skills and develop appropriate habits of mind.
    • It is meant to exclude no-one, but instead seeks to offer these skills to all, for all can benefit from them. Pre-AP student success is 90% attitude!

    General AP Science Skills:

    • The Ability to Acquire Data by Experimentation and Observation
    • The Ability to Record and Manipulate Data
    • The Ability to Communicate and Share Results
    • The Ability to Design Experiments
    • Science as a Process

    Pre- AP Science for Junior High:

    1. Study Skills
    2. Organizational skills
    3. Note taking
    4. Use of textbook and reference books
    5. Increased reading and vocabulary skills
    6. Critical thinking skills/problem solving and analysis
    7. Use of the Internet as a research tool
    8. Word processing skills
    9. Use of different media in oral presentations
    10. Mathematical Skills
    11. Factor-label problem solving
    12. Use of a scientific/graphing calculator
    13. Operations with numbers in scientific notation
    14. Proper use of units
    15. Metric literacy
    16. Increase computer skills/ Graphical Analysis
    17. Operations with right triangles
    18. Proper interpretation of scales
    19. Graphing skills
    20. Geometric concepts/area and volume
    21. Estimations of correct answers
    22. Laboratory Skills
    23. Laboratory safety
    24. Care of a laboratory and equipment
    25. Proper nomenclature of laboratory equipment
    26. Proper use of measuring instruments
    27. Proper interpretation of scales
    28. Map reading/compass directions
    29. Clarity and correctness of data collection and analysis
    30. Acceptable form for laboratory reports
    31. Ability to design experiments
    32. Social Skills
    33. Effective work in collaborative groups
    34. Development of study network
    35. Understanding of roles in groups
    36. Development of skills that lead to functional task-oriented groups

    Students who complete AP Courses are more likely to:

    ü  Be better prepared academically

    ü  More likely to choose challenging majors

    ü  Likely to complete more college work in 4 years

    ü  More likely to exercise leadership

    ü  More likely to graduate with a double major

    ü  Twice as likely to go into advance studies