Social Science Honors/AP Placement
SFC Upper School Honors/AP Placement: Social Science
The process of admittance to an Advanced Placement Social Science course is contingent upon achieving 70% or better on an AP style entrance exam and receiving a satisfactory recommendation from your current History teacher. (9th grade students are recommended in conjunction with their English teacher). The entrance exam will have a multiple choice portion and a written portion; each AP social science course has its own unique entrance exam.
The entrance exam is offered at two different times on Tuesday, February 28, 2012: 6:30am or 3:00pm. If there is no possible way to meet either exam time, students must see Mr. Wallace in room 233 to schedule an alternative time. The exam will last approximately one hour.
Social Science Department AP Admittance Additional Information
What differentiates AP classes from college prep classes?
- AP courses use college textbooks and are taught at a college pace. If students pass the test with a 3 or higher they can receive college credit (depending on the school). Students are expected to perform at a collegiate level.
What Advanced Placement Social Science Courses are offered at SFC?
- The following AP courses are offered in our social science department
- AP World History (typically taken during the 10th grade year)
- AP U.S. History (Typically taken during the 11th grade year)
- AP U.S. Government and Politics (typically taken during the 12th grade year)
If my student does not pass the test is there any appeals process?
- If the student achieves a 60% on the admittance test but receives a strong teacher recommendation they will be allowed to attempt one appeals test. That student will need to see the social studies department chair (Mr. Wallace in room 234) to arrange the appeals test.
If my student does not get in to an AP class one year does this disqualify him/ her from qualifying in future years?
- Students are encouraged to seek admittance each year that they desire to be in the AP class setting
- Likewise gaining admittance to one AP class does not guarantee admittance to the other classes