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CONARD HIGH SCHOOL

110 Beechwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-231-5000
Fax: 860-521-6699

Julio Duarte, Principal 

AP Exam Registration

College Board Website

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What is AP Boot Camp?

What is AP Boot Camp?
AP Boot Camp is a program offered for all students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses for the next year. College-level courses will prepare them for the next stage of life. Like you, we are committed to preparing your child for the future. The goal of AP Boot Camp is for your student to discuss and develop the skills they will need for success in high school, in college, and beyond. This program is for students that have taken numerous AP courses as well as those who are just starting out. The Boot Camp is not about learning academic content but for developing those attributes that will guarantee success while having fun and building relationships. In addition, this event will allow students to establish bonds with their peers that will promote solidarity in the classroom.

 

 

What will the students do during AP Boot Camp?
On Monday, the students will be engaged in team-building activities in groups based on their AP courses.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will attend four breakout sessions: test taking strategies, time management and study skills, reading, writing and academic ethics.  On Thursday the students will be able to meet with different AP teachers to get a preview of their courses.

 

 

When and Where Will AP Boot Camp Take Place?
The camp is MONDAY through THURSDAY (August 22th – August 25th) at Conard High School. The camp begins at 4:00 in the evening and will conclude at 6:00pm. The workshops are short but intense to maximize the experience.

AP Boot Camp Registration

Please click on the link below to complete the google form in order to sign up for AP Boot Camp 2016. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email maureen_mazzatto@whps.org 


Registration Form


AP Boot Camp Exit Survey

Please fill out the AP Boot Camp Exit Survey below. We appreciate your feedback so we can make improvements for next year.

 

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Why are AP courses important?

AP Strategy of the Month

September - 6 Tips for Rocking Your AP Classes
http://www.hercampus.com/high-school/preparing-college/6-tips-rocking-your-ap-classes
This article has some great strategies for being successful in your AP classes.

October - SOAPSTone: A Strategy for ReadingandWritinghttp://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/preap/teachers_corner/45200.html
SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) is an acronym for a series of questions that students must first ask themselves, and then answer, as they begin to plan their compositions.

November - AP Exam Tipshttp://www.apexlearninghs.com/courses/advanced-placement/ap-exam-tips
Having a few key strategies at your command can boost your confidence going into an Advanced Placement (AP) exam and be crucial to scoring those extra points. This website asked experienced AP teachers to share their strategies to help you prep to maximize your performance on the AP exam.

December - Two Sides of a Coin: Pre-AP Skills and Strategies for Readers
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/preap/teachers_corner/35413.htmlThis website focuses on preparing students to meet, greet, and get concrete with challenging texts. It also help students work with texts that are deceptively simple in order to see their complexity.


January - Primary Source Strategies
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/repository/ap05_ushist_greer_2_p_50286.pdfThis website introduces students to using primary source documents and strategies to help students analyze these materials.

February - AP Test-Taking Techniques
http://www.phschool.com/advanced/lesson_plans/building_success/ap_test_taking_techniques.htmlWhile the content of the Advanced Placement tests is very different, the basic format of the tests is very similar. If you concentrate on the similarities among the tests rather than the differences, you will see that there are some basic test-taking techniques that you can put to good use as you study for and take your AP tests.

 

March - Preparing for the Exams
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/preparing-for-exams
To help you prepare to do your best on the AP Exam, this website has practice questions and tips for labeling materials and completing exam responses.


April - AP Exam Prep
http://www.ivywise.com/newsletter_april13_ap_exam_prep.html

How to Prepare for an AP Exam
http://www.course-notes.org/blog/austintm44/How_to_Prepare_for_an_AP_Exam


May - 4 Tips for Taking an Advanced Placement Test
http://voices.yahoo.com/4-tips-taking-advanced-placement-test-7390412.html
This website is a must read the day before you take your AP test.

AP Exam Day Policies
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/exam-policies/exam-day-policies


June - How to get started in AP
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/get-started
A checklist so you will know what you can do next.

 

 

AP English Courses

September - 6 Tips for Rocking Your AP Classes
http://www.hercampus.com/high-school/preparing-college/6-tips-rocking-your-ap-classes
This article has some great strategies for being successful in your AP classes.

October - SOAPSTone: A Strategy for ReadingandWritinghttp://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/preap/teachers_corner/45200.html
SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) is an acronym for a series of questions that students must first ask themselves, and then answer, as they begin to plan their compositions.

November - AP Exam Tipshttp://www.apexlearninghs.com/courses/advanced-placement/ap-exam-tips
Having a few key strategies at your command can boost your confidence going into an Advanced Placement (AP) exam and be crucial to scoring those extra points. This website asked experienced AP teachers to share their strategies to help you prep to maximize your performance on the AP exam.

December - Two Sides of a Coin: Pre-AP Skills and Strategies for Readers
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/preap/teachers_corner/35413.htmlThis website focuses on preparing students to meet, greet, and get concrete with challenging texts. It also help students work with texts that are deceptively simple in order to see their complexity.


January - Primary Source Strategies
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/repository/ap05_ushist_greer_2_p_50286.pdfThis website introduces students to using primary source documents and strategies to help students analyze these materials.

February - AP Test-Taking Techniques
http://www.phschool.com/advanced/lesson_plans/building_success/ap_test_taking_techniques.htmlWhile the content of the Advanced Placement tests is very different, the basic format of the tests is very similar. If you concentrate on the similarities among the tests rather than the differences, you will see that there are some basic test-taking techniques that you can put to good use as you study for and take your AP tests.

 

March - Preparing for the Exams
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/preparing-for-exams
To help you prepare to do your best on the AP Exam, this website has practice questions and tips for labeling materials and completing exam responses.


April - AP Exam Prep
http://www.ivywise.com/newsletter_april13_ap_exam_prep.html

How to Prepare for an AP Exam
http://www.course-notes.org/blog/austintm44/How_to_Prepare_for_an_AP_Exam


May - 4 Tips for Taking an Advanced Placement Test
http://voices.yahoo.com/4-tips-taking-advanced-placement-test-7390412.html
This website is a must read the day before you take your AP test.

AP Exam Day Policies
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/exam-policies/exam-day-policies


June - How to get started in AP
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/get-started
A checklist so you will know what you can do next.

 

 

AP Math Courses

AP Calculus AB & BC

Student Perspective: AP Calculus AB is a valuable class to take because it is a culmination of everything you've been taught in high school math. It's definitely not as hard as I expected, because what we learn isn't obscure; It makes sense right from the start to students from both the standard and honors "tracks." I also think it prepares you for math in college and life because it's incredibly useful.

AP Computer Science

Student Perspective: One of my favorite things about the AP Computer Science course is that I felt like I was exploring and learning on my own. Even though I relied on my teacher and peers for explanations and help I could feel that I was developing my understanding in a way that was uniquely mine.

AP Statistics

Student Perspective #1: AP Statistics is unlike any math class you’ve ever taken. Instead of simply memorizing formulas and equations, there is an emphasis on the practical applications of mathematical topics such as probability and experimental design. Because AP Statistics is so unique, the class moves at a fast pace to cover all of the material before the AP exam. You can expect homework nearly every night, but it is never an unbearable workload. That being said, it’s important to always ask questions or come for help when you need it, otherwise it’s easy to fall behind.

 

Student Perspective #2: My opinion of the AP Statistics course is that it isn’t a very stressful or strenuous class, even though it’s an AP class. I sometimes even forget that it’s an AP, and as a senior, I think that it’s a great senior math class for those who want to take an AP but don’t want to rip their hair out from stressing out too much. Also, if a student didn’t do too well in Pre-Calc such as myself, I think this is a perfect alternative to Calculus, since the math is completely different for the most part. So, I’d recommend this class for students who think Calculus may be too difficult for them, and if Pre-Calc was challenging.

 

Student Perspective #3: I have always enjoyed math so AP Statistics was clearly on my radar as a class to take. I am also taking AP Economics and AP Calculus BC right now alongside Stat and it has been fascinating to see all the connections between the different courses. I’ve caught on pretty easily to the different mathematical methods used in Statistics partially because of my interest in math. Statistics tends to require students to analyze numbers rather than compute them which, for me, has been a welcome adjustment. Statistics allows students to give definition to numbers. For those who do not naturally make this connection, the course provides useful insight. Although it is an AP course, AP Statistics is less stressful and time consuming than other AP courses such as AP Calculus or any of the AP Sciences. If students are willing to put in a little extra effort, AP Statistics can be a beneficial and intriguing class. 

AP Science Courses

AP Biology

Student Perspective #1: AP Biology is a great class to take if you plan on having a future in science. The class is a strong wake-up call to the expected standards of a college level course and will get you more prepared for college.
Student Perspective #2: AP Biology helps you prepare for future college level courses. Students will experience the amount of work and effort that goes into doing well i a college level course.
Student Perspective #3: AP Biology is the perfect experience if you are willing to take that next step up in your academic career. This course will require a little more work than you are experiencing now, however, hard work will pay off. After all, how many high schoolers can say they are taking a college level class their sophomore year?!
Student Perspective #4: AP Biology is a lot of work, but I think it does a really good job of preparing you for the workload of college. Taking it helped me improve my time management and study skills.

 

AP Chemistry:
Student Perspective: AP Chemistry was academically challenging and fascinating. All the labs were hands on opportunities to witness abstract concepts in action. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to pursue a career in science.


AP Environmental Science
Student Perspective: AP Environmental is an informative class that helps students learn more about the environmental and biological diversity of the world they live in. The course material is relevant and interesting, creating a student centered curriculum. Students gain useful knowledge about life-style choices, sustainability and impacts that the human population has on the planet.


AP Physics
Student Perspective: AP Physics is a class in which you learn about the world around you. Physics is present in every second of every day in your life, and this class helps students to understand how and why the world functions the way it does. This class requires some work, as all AP classes do, but many parts of it are relatively easy to understand because they explain everyday life. Also, the assignments are reasonable and enough time is always provided.

AP Social Studies Courses

AP Economics

Student Perspective #1: AP Economics is a class that is very valuable because it helps students understand the ways in which the economy reacts to different situations and how it will affect the immediate society and also the rest of the country or world. While this class is extremely helpful for those wishing to peruse a career in business, those considering other fields can also benefit from this knowledge and come out of the class with a better understanding of why people act the way they do, because the reality is that the world does revolve around money. While it is necessary to put time into this class to understand the concepts of how the economy works, it is definitely manageable and there is always the right amount of time given to complete each assignment.


Student Perspective #2: Economics affects us daily. Whether you are dealing with a family member who lost their job or even if you are complaining about your taxes or high prices, economics plays a monumental role. This is why taking AP economics is vital. It is always relevant.

 

AP Modern European History
Student Perspective #1: AP Euro covers the background and origins of Western culture. Knowledge of European history is more helpful than you might realize. Content from this class overlaps with more than just other history classes, but also literature, language, government, and even sciences. The work in this class also prepares you for college level writing and study habits. You will learn how to write a clear, organized essay, and how to support your analysis with textual and visual evidence taken from historical primary sources. I highly recommend taking AP Euro - it's really interesting and helpful for other classes

Student Perspective #2: AP Modern European History is a useful and good class to take because it educates you on not only European history, which is very interesting, but also on reading and writing skills that help prepare you for a college level course. It also doesn't hurt that it looks good on college applications and that college credit can be earned.

AP Psychology
Student Perspective: I've had a really great experience with AP psych this year. The work load is very manageable. Notes take me around an hour when we have the standard 20 pages, but we don't have them every night and I've learned to manage my time so that's it's not overwhelming. We always have a reading quiz in class the day after we have reading, but we have so many that if you do poorly on one it's not going to make or break you. We usually have homework every night, but it’s all stuff we've learned in class that day so it's all fresh in your memory. In regards to test taking in AP Psych, the barons AP Psych book is super helpful, as well as the online quizzes. I'm taking 4 AP classes this year which is daunting at first, but if you manage your time and ask questions in class so that you understand the material you'll do fine.

AP US Government and Politics
Student Perspective: AP Gov is a challenging and rewarding class. It goes beyond the scope of the Standard Government class, and engages students in discussing and reflecting on contemporary issues in great depth. My teacher was very knowledgeable on the subject and prepared us well for the AP Exam.

AP US History
Student Perspective: AP US History was one of the best things I've ever chosen to do. Not only is it fascinating to learn about the events that have shaped our nation and our community, but you also discover to tools needed to analyze and think critically which I feel are essential skills that every person should have. When I first began the class, I was incredibly nervous and questioned my ability to succeed in the class. By the end of the year, though, I had truly found my voice and felt like a completely different person, and I even went on to earn a 5 on the AP exam. AP US taught me that I could excel in a college level course, while also discovering a real love for learning about how the past shapes the world we live in today. 

AP World Language Courses

AP Chinese Language & Culture: New course starting 2014-2015


AP French Language & Culture: Student Perspective: AP French helped me expand my knowledge of the French language while also teaching me about the various cultures and traditions that are part of the francophone world. After taking this class, I would say that most, if not all, students pass with a fluent or at least conversational ability to communicate in french through multiple types of media, including in conversation, over email, through an essay, and by letter. What I enjoyed most about this course is that it's not just a French language class but also a French culture class.

AP Spanish Language & Culture
Student Perspective: This class is a massively rewarding class that fine-tunes one's language skills and refines interpersonal speaking and writing abilities. In addition to "just learning Spanish," students learn how to interact with readers and listeners in the Spanish language. In the extensive global culture of the 21st century, articulateness and communication become increasingly important.
What I learned in Spanish Language still applies to me outside of the classroom, even though I’m not a native speaker. There are so many digital media that I can now access, understand and use because I can read and interpret information written in Spanish. Even on an entertainment level, it feels absolutely amazing to be able to listen to music or web comedy and read Spanish articles or books and understand everything.

AP Spanish Literature & CultureStudent Perspective: Spanish literature, I find, is really eye-opening. The whole course really makes me think critically about society, people and the inevitability of rebellion. Writing is a reaction to history, and is one of the most invaluable ways to express oneself. Hearing about how others reacted to their lives inspires me to take action and address my own feelings about society.
Initially, I would read a work and wonder how it's profound; the characters make silly mistakes and the plot is either nonsensical or unappealing. But this class helps me understand the true nature of these works, and in making historical and societal connections, I am able to see how beautiful and important the storytelling involved is. When I read The House of Bernarda Alba for the first time, I thought it sounded like some cliched soap opera, but upon learning about the oppressive Catholic society of Spain in the 1930s and the sympathy its author, Federico Garcia Lorca, had for the characters, my heart really went out to all the people in that time period who were oppressed and inhibited by society - including Lorca himself.
Spanish literature is a reading-intensive course, but is extremely fun and encompasses so many works that are culturally potent. From Don Quijote to The House of Bernarda Alba, what one learns in this class is applicable to the "real world," and allows the students to better understand not only hispanic history and culture, but modern Western society as a whole. 

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50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

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