Advanced Academics Programs
Milby High School offers both Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as services for Gifted and Talented (G/T) Students. Our program is designed to meet the needs of G/T students in grades 9-12 by providing an environment for students to work with their cognitive peers. The program provides a differentiated curriculum by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general school program.What is Advanced Placement (AP)?Advanced Placement is a cooperative endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. This program, sponsored by the College Board, is designed to enable students to have the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school. At the end of an AP class, the student sits for the AP Exam – potentially earning college credit. Tests are administered at Milby and registration typically takes place in early February through the middle of March with the exams themselves taking place in May. The best source for information on AP is the College Board website – www.collegeboard.com .
Why should I take AP courses?AP courses teach students skills that can lead to success in college. Students will develop the writing skills, problem-solving techniques, and study habits that will prepare him/her for college academics. Plus, taking rigorous AP courses demonstrates a student’s maturity, willingness to push themselves intellectually, and commitment to academic excellence, which can help them stand out in the college admissions process.
What are AP Exams?AP Exams are given once a year in May. These exams provide students with a standardized measure of what they’ve accomplished in the AP classroom. Colleges and universities will use these AP Exam grades to possibly award the student credit, placement or both.
This sounds like a lot of work. Are there any other rewards?In addition to the intellectual rewards listed above, AP and PAP students are also rewarded with an extra point on their GPA.For example –Student A – Preparatory English 1 Semester Grade: A GPA points: 4Student B – Pre-AP English 1 Semester Grade: A GPA points: 5The following chart summarizes the GPA points for Pre-AP/AP vs. Prep classes.
Pre-AP/AP PreparatoryA 90-100 5 points 4 pointsB 80 – 89 4 points 3 pointsC 75 – 79 3 points 2 pointsD 70 – 74 2 points 1 pointsF 0 – 69 0 points 0 points
What are Pre-AP courses?Pre-AP courses are designed to prepare students for the rigors of the AP course. Enrollment in Pre-AP is not required to enroll in AP course – but, it is very beneficial.
Is there an application process?No. Milby has adopted the College Board’s philosophy of open enrollment. If a student is interested in taking a PAP/AP course, then they will simply register for those courses when they complete their course selection through their counselor. All students taking an AP class will be required to complete and return an entrance agreement.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Milby AP/GT/Magnet Coordinator
Phone: 713-928-7401 ext 011135
Milby Magnet Office Assistant
Extension: 713-928-7401 ext. 011133Standards for Vanguard (GT) Programs:
The Standards for Vanguard (G/T) Programs were approved by the board on March 8, 2007. These Standards for Vanguard (G/T) Programs are a direct result of the in-depth study by the G/T PEER Committee of the Vanguard G/T Programs in HISD, as well as input from various principal and coordinator focus groups. The Standards for Vanguard (G/T), with the primary focus of improving both Vanguard Neighborhood and Vanguard Magnet Programs district-wide, establish a measure by which all programs for G/T students will be implemented, monitored, and evaluated.
The standards address the following fourteen areas: program design, assessment, identification of G/T students, admissions, instructional delivery, curriculum and instruction, monitoring program implementation/ - quality/ - rigor, student success, professional development for administrators, professional development for teachers, data quality and compliance, parent/community communication and involvement, evaluation and district evaluation and district commitment and support.