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San Mateo Un HSD |  BP  6141.5  Instruction

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate   

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To encourage district students to challenge themselves academically, develop college-level skills, and be more competitive when applying for admission to postsecondary institutions, the Board of Trustees shall offer opportunities to high school students to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) pass AP examinations.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)

The district is committed to providing an environment in which all students have equal access to all classes that may include Advanced Placement, Honors, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Standing classes. All classes will be open to students who have made an informed decision and understand the course expectations.

The Superintendent or designee may recommend subject areas for AP courses at each school based on student interest and the availability of qualified certificated staff, instructional materials, and other resources. The Superintendent or designee may also explore alternative methods of delivering AP/IB courses, such as online courses or distance learning.

The Superintendent or designee may consult and collaborate with feeder schools to ensure that students are offered the opportunity to take coursework that will prepare them for AP/IB courses.

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

All students who meet course prerequisites shall have equal access to AP courses.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

Grades for AP/IB courses shall be assigned in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

The Superintendent or designee may make efforts to encourage students to participate in AP courses and to take end-of-course AP exams by creating support systems for AP/IB students, such as resource centers and programs to recognize student accomplishments. In addition, the Superintendent or designee may explore partnerships with colleges and universities to help encourage students to pursue postsecondary education.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

To increase the capacity of district schools to offer AP courses, the Superintendent or designee shall provide staff development and support to teachers of such courses. This professional development may include, but is not limited to, opportunities for teachers to obtain information on the curriculum of specific courses, instructional methods, and data-driven decision making; mentoring for prospective teachers of AP courses; and opportunities for staff within the district to share course syllabi and practices.

(cf. 4111/4211/4311 - Recruitment and Selection)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The Board desires that every district AP course receive authorization to use the AP designation by the College Board. To that end, the Superintendent or designee shall coordinate the process for submitting courses for approval as part of the College Board AP course audit.

Examination Fee

To the extent feasible, the district may reduce the cost of AP/IB examination fees for eligible low-income students. At the beginning of each school year, the Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of the availability of funds for this purpose and may provide information on how income-eligible students may apply for funding.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

52240-52243 Advanced Placement program

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3840 Advanced Placement as program option for gifted and talented students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6534 Advanced Placement exam fee program

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Advancement Via Individual Determination: http://www.avid.org

California Colleges.edu: http://californiacolleges.edu

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

College Board: http://www.collegeboard.org/ap

International Baccalaureate: http://www.ibo.org

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 19, 2014 San Mateo, California