Advanced Placement Program
The mission of the Advanced Placement program at Joliet West High School is to offer all students access to opportunity for enrollment in a rigorous, college-level experience designed to provide experiences that challenge students to improve their academic skills, expand content knowledge and understanding, and, ultimately, to foster and develop respect for and appreciation of being an independent lifelong learner.
AP College Board Equity Statement
"The College Board and the Advanced Placement Programs encourage teachers, AP Coordinators, and school administrators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP programs. The College Board is committed to the principle that all students deserve an opportunity to participate in rigorous and academically challenging courses and programs."
"All students who are willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses. The Board encourages the elimination of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the AP program. Schools should make every effort to ensure that their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population."
AP Program Goals
Increase the amount of students participating in at least 1 AP course throughout their high school career, especially students who have traditonally been under-represented.
Raise the overall average of students obtaining a 3 or higher on AP exams to 60%.
Prepare students for a competitive college admission process.
Create a culture of higher learning and increased academic expectations.
Provide students with the needed support to help them achieve their academic goals.
Considerations for AP Enrollment
If you want to...
Experience classes that emphasize and promote improved study skills
Be intellectually challenged
Have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of materials
Improve reading and writing skills by reading collegiate level materials and writing to address collegiate level prompts
Improve thinking, analysis and problem-solving
Have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school
Expectations will include...
A two week tutoring program is available to freshmen, sophomore and junior students who are close to being eligible for an honors English (pre-AP) or Advanced Placement Social Science course as well as to students who are eligible but not enrolled in these courses. The summer tutoring program is designed to help prepare these students for the academic challenges of honors-level curriculum. This summer tutoring program will utilize Spring Board, which is the College Board’s college readiness curriculum. Students will become familiar with the rigors of the Spring Board curriculum as well as the requsitie skills of the social science course. Upon completion of the summer tutoring program students will be given the opportunity to enroll or opt out of the honors program.
Eligibility: A minimum of a “16” on the EXPLORE reading test and a teacher recommendation.
Contact: Please contact your high school counselor about this opportunity.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q:How much credit do I receive by taking an AP course compared to a college-prep course?
A: Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, students taking an AP course receive an extra point to their grade. For example, if a student gets a C in an AP course, it would be like getting a B in a college-prep course.
Q: Do I need to take the AP exam at the conclusion of the course?
A: Although it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended for the student to take the AP exam in May. Colleges typically look for students to take the exam if they enrolled in the course.
Q: Can I drop an AP course?
A: The beginning of a course is always the most challenging and stressful, but after conversations with the instructor and the use of additional support services, students typically get more comfortable and continue on with the course. The expectation is for the student, parents, teacher, and counselor to discuss the best course of action for that particular student and their case-by-case situation.
Q: How much college credit can my student get by taking the AP exam?
A: This is depends on the college, the score, and the exam. You can go to the College Board and check out what universities accept for each exam.
Q: Where can parents and students go to gain more information about our program?
A: Joliet West will be offering an AP Parent Night on April 27th in the Auditorium at 6:30pm. Teachers will be available to answer questions as well as counselors and current students. It is encouraged to bring your student along that evening.
Q: Where can my student obtain support throughout the year if he/she is struggling in an honors/AP course?
A: There are many options for students to receive help in their courses. The first person they should contact right away is their instructor to ask for assistance. In addition, National Honor Society offers after school tutoring in the Media Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Lastly, there will be a new resource room that students can utilize during their Advisory time to get the necessary assistance they need and to prepare for the AP exam.