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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  6141.5  Instruction

Advanced Placement   

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To encourage students to a) challenge themselves academically, b) pursue subjects in greater depth, c) develop special talents and interests, and d) be more competitive when applying for admission to postsecondary institutions, the Board of Trustees shall provide opportunities for advanced study through a variety of means including, but not limited to, honors and Advanced Placement coursework.

The Board desires to provide curricula which meets the needs of individual students, including courses designed to enable talented students to pursue subjects at an accelerated rate, with greater depth and with group interaction.

The district recognizes the validity and integrity of Advanced Placement courses. The district further recognizes that some students of advanced ability may profit from the opportunity to engage in academic activities considered to be above the high school level and to receive advanced placement credit and/or advanced standing upon entering college. Any Advanced Placement course authorized by the College Board may be developed and proposed as a district approved course of study.

Each of the district's comprehensive high schools shall provide students with access to Honors and Advanced Placement curricula. Each school shall provide at least one Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) course in each core academic subject (English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages). In order to ensure access at all schools, the district supports development of a variety of delivery systems in addition to regularly scheduled classes, such as seminars, interactive technology, distance learning, and evening classes. In addition, students should continue to be encouraged to explore alternate means of preparing for advanced placement examinations on an individual basis, such as independent study, special tutorial assistance, and correspondence courses.

The district also recognizes that teaching an Honors/AP course is a rich professional opportunity for teachers. Such courses enable the teacher to expand and deepen content knowledge and broaden teaching pedagogy. Within the limitations of available funding, the district will support teachers to attend Advanced Placement workshops related to their assignment. Teachers are encouraged to take on this challenge when they feel prepared to make the added commitment. Schools are encouraged to rotate AP/Honors teaching assignments in order to give more teachers this opportunity.

(cf. 6141.4- Honors Program)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)


Adopted: June 8, 1993 Larkspur, California

Revised: April 16, 1996

Revised: December 7, 2004