This evening, parents of fifth-grade students who will attend a Katy ISD junior high school in 2011-2012 are invited to attend an orientation on the district’s pre-advanced placement and advanced placement programs.
Two orientation sessions will be held at Beck Junior High School, 5200 S. Fry Road.
The first session will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a repeat session at 7:30 p.m.
Alene Lindley, director of GT and advanced academic studies, and Cathy Wappler, GT and advanced academic studies program specialist, will present an overview of the advanced placement program and will address commonly-asked questions about student participation in pre-AP courses.
A pre-AP course of study is designed to prepare students to be successful in AP courses.
AP courses are generally available to juniors and seniors at each of the Katy ISD high schools. The courses provide students the opportunity to engage in college level studies with the option of taking an AP exam and possibly qualifying for college credit.
Research has suggested that students who participate in an advanced placement course are more likely to complete an undergraduate program, more likely to choose academically challenging majors in college and more likely to pursue an advanced degree, according to school district officials.
Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, social studies, science, mathematics, languages other than English, computer science, music and art.
For more information, visit the GT and Advanced Academic Studies page at www.katyISD.org.