AP/IB

APRIL 3, 2020 AP UPDATE

AP Students and Families,
 
As we head into spring break, we are happy that the College Board clarified details around May AP testing by releasing this  information around noon on Friday, April 3.

 

In summary they stated the following:

  1. Exams will be held May 11-22 in 45 minute sessions - here is the calendar
  2. Please note all exams have their own session between noon and four negating the need for late testing. 
  3. Late testing is available from June 1-5 only for disruptions to exams - i.e. technology disruptions, illness.
  4. The College Board will continue to provide online instruction and simulations to prepare students for at home testing.
  5. The College Board warned that it has numerous ways to monitor academic honesty, violations will be reported to colleges and universities.

What does this mean for Novi students?

  1. Your teachers care about you and your learning and will continue to post Schoology updates and lessons  to keep you on track, not just for testing, but to continue your work on the curriculum they designed for you.
  2. Refunds: Students can cancel their exams at any point without penalty, including not taking the exam on exam day. That said, look for more information from Novi after May 22 to request refunds.
  3. Contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org with any questions about AP testing.

MARCH 27, 2020 IB UPDATE

IBO recently updated their COVID-19 update page. The May exams are still cancelled. However, in order to still award scores, certificates and diplomas for IB coursework, all SL, SL2 and HL2 IB students will be required to complete all previously assigned internal assessments and related coursework by Friday, April 3. Teachers will use all completed coursework to assign predicted grades. IB will use predicted grades and now externally scored external assessments to award scores, certificates, and diplomas. What does this mean for Novi students? Look for more detailed communication coming from your IB teachers in terms of course specific deadlines. IBO is still finalizing the details. If you have any questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

MARCH 20, 2020 AP UPDATE

AP Students, 
 

As of Friday, March 20, The College Board stated that they will move all May exams to online only. This statement was made on AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus. The College Board updates this link frequently and is using this space to provide support and resources to students as they prepare remotely for their exams. 

Students will be able to take the exams on anything with internet capability - laptop, iPad, cell phone; even take a picture of their written work and submit electronically. 

At this point we do not officially know the format (although it seems that each exam will be 45 minutes for free response question(s)), the calendar (it will be posted no later than April 3), and how they will support students with accommodations, our goal is to support our students as best we can. 

Hope you are well!

If you have any questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

Advanced Placement

 2019-2020 AP Exam Registration has ended. If you have questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

Novi High School is a member of the College Board

We offer the following Advanced Placement courses:
 
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Economics: Macroeconomics
  • AP Economics: Microeconomics
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Government and Politics: US
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. History
   

NEW DISTRICT POLICY REGARDING SELF-STUDY FOR AP EXAMS

Novi High School, beginning in Fall 2019, decided not to allow students to self-study for AP Exams. This decision was made for several reasons, the most important reason of which is our concern for students' mental wellness. The practical reason is knowledge that AP exams alone do not improve student's acceptance to universities. 

World Languages are the only exception.

If you have financial need, but do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, please fill out this AP Scholarship Application 

 

AP IB FAQ

 Based on information provided on College Board and IB websites. 

Who can take these classes?

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB): Any student is welcome to take AP or IB classes if they are willing to take on the challenges of college level coursework. Some prerequisites are required for some courses to ensure success in the program.
 
IB: IB only allows students to begin diploma course work and requirements their junior year. 
 

When can students begin the program?

AP: College Board recommends the courses for junior and senior year, but students who are academically prepared may begin in their sophomore year.
 

What is the purpose of the program?

AP:  With AP, students can take college-level course work in high school. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they’ve sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. Resourceful and dedicated AP teachers work with their students to develop and apply the skills, abilities, and content knowledge they’ll need later in college. Each of AP’s 38 courses is modeled upon a comparable college course. College and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards. 
 
IB: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

How many Courses are  offered at Novi?

AP:  22 courses

IB:  15 courses - Higher Level (HL) courses are 2 years, Standard Level (SL) courses are 1-2 years.

How many courses must students take?

AP: It is up to the student. However, a student may elect to try for the Capstone Diploma by enrolling in four AP courses of their choice, plus AP Seminar and Research. A student must score a three or better in all courses to earn the diploma. 
 
IB: It is up to the student. However, a student may elect to try for the IB Diploma. If a student scores a minimum of 24 points total in 3-4 HL courses and 2-3 SL courses, plus CAS, TOK, and EE they qualify for the IB Diploma.
 

How much does it cost?

All fees are paid in October of Testing Year , these numbers are based on the 2019/20  fees

AP: $94 most courses, $142 Capstone courses, Capstone Diploma costs at least $660*

*4 AP classes + Seminar & Research required

IB: $119 per course, IB Diploma (6 courses) costs $714

Do AP/IB classes fulfill graduation requirements?

Yes!
 
PE/Health = IB Sports, Exercise, & Health Sciences HL

Biology = AP Biology or IB Biology  HL 

Chemistry = AP Chemistry

Physics =  IB Physics SL

English 11 = AP Language and Composition or IB Literature HL1

English 12 = AP Literature and COmposition or IB Literature HL2

US History = AP US History or IB History of the Americas HL2

Civics = AP US Government

Economics = AP Micro AND Macro Economics

World History = AP European HIstory or IB World SL/HL1

 

What are the Core beliefs of the program?

AP: In the AP Capstone™ program, students consider and evaluate multiple points of view to develop their own perspectives on complex issues and topics through inquiry and investigation.

AP Capstone gives students the following pedagogical framework (“QUEST”) to develop, practice, and hone their critical and creative thinking skills as they make connections between various issues and their own lives:

  • Question and Explore
  • Understand and Analyze Arguments
  • Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Synthesize Ideas 
  • Team, Transform, and Transmit

*note this framework only applies to Seminar and Research.

IB: The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. All elements/courses  of the program support the Learner Profile, which means, IB learners strive to be: 

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Is service learning part of the program?

AP: College Board is piloting a program called AP with WE. Last year students in AP European History designed and carried out their own service project, tied to their curriculum, post exam. This year European History continues the pilot.
 
IB: Diploma students must complete and reflect on their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) experiences, balancing their contributions between these three categories.
 

WHAT ARE SOME Unique elements?

AP: Students can focus all of their coursework on the subject(s) of interest.

Junior year students may take Seminar and senior year they may take Research. The culmination of these courses is group and individual presentations and writing. Students write a 5,000 word essay on a topic of interest in Research.

IB: The Diploma Programme is recognized as the most rigorous high school program. Diploma students are required to take one course from each category, demonstrating their ability across subjects. Subjects of interest are typically taken for two years, while those meant to round out the student are typically only one.

Diploma students must complete the core requirements in addition to IB classes. The core requirements include Theory of Knowledge, CAS experiences, and writing their own 4,000 word Extended Essay under the guidance of a teacher mentor.

WHAT ARE SOME College Perspectives?

AP: Perceived as increasing opportunity to earn college credits.

IB: Perceived as an opportunity to increase chances of admission because it is the most rigorous high school curriculum.

Examples of college credit based on scores

Michigan State

English: AP - up to 4 credits, IB up to  4-8 credits for 2 years of classes

Biology: AP - up to 8 credits, IB up to  8 credits 

University of Michigan LSA

English: AP - up to 6 credits but does not fulfill grad requirements, IB up to  6 credits for 2 years of classes

Biology: AP - up to 8 credits towards overall number needed to graduate, not biology specifically, IB up to  5 credits 

 

*All IB classes listed are 2-year HL courses, only similar AP/IB classes are listed for illustrative purposes. Students must achieve passing scores for these credits to apply. 

**More credit opportunities in AP classes overall due to the number of classes offered and single year requirement.

About AP Exams

AP Novi High School AP Students

Your AP scores will be available online July 5. 

To get your AP scores, you must log in with your College Board account at View Your Scores on AP Exams.

AP/IB 2019-2020 Examination Schedule

  • Friday, May 1: Afternoon: IB Business Management HL P1

  • Monday, May 4: Morning: AP US Government and IB Business Management HL P2
  • Monday, May 4: Afternoon: AP Physics C: Mechanical (11:30am), AP Physics C: E & M (2pm)
  • Tuesday, May 5: Morning: AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC
  • Tuesday, May 5: Afternoon: IB History SL/HL P1-2
  • Wednesday, May 6: Morning: AP English Lit. & Comp., IB History HL P3
  • Wednesday, May 6: Afternoon: AP European History
  • Thursday, May 7: Morning: AP Chemistry
  • Thursday, May 7: Afternoon AP Japanese, IB Biology HL P1-2
  • Friday, May 8: Morning: AP US History and IB Biology HL P3
  • Friday, May 8: Afternoon: AP Computer Science A
  • Monday, May 11: Morning: AP Biology
  • Monday, May 11: Afternoon: AP Chinese, AP Environmental Science, IB Math Studies SL P1, and IB Math SL P1
  • Tuesday, May 12: Morning: AP Seminar, AP Spanish, IB Math Studies SL P2, and IB Math SL P2
  • Tuesday, May 12: Afternoon: AP Psychology, IB Japanese SL P1, and IB German SL P1
  • Wednesday, May 13: Morning: AP Lang. & Comp., IB Japanese SL P2, and IB German SL P2
  • Wednesday, May 13: Afternoon: AP Microeconomics
  • Thursday, May 14: Afternoon: AP Macroeconomics, IB English Lit. HL P1
  • Friday, May 15: Morning: AP French, IB English Lit. HL P2
  • Friday, May 15: Afternoon: AP Statistics
  • Tuesday, May 19:  Afternoon: IB Spanish B SL P1
  • Wednesday, May 20: Morning: IB Spanish B SL P2
  • Wednesday, May 20: Afternoon: IB Physics SL P1-2 and IB Sports, Exercise, Health Science HL P1-2
  • Thursday, May 21: Morning IB Physics SL P3 and IB Sports, Exercise, Health Science HL P3
  • Thursday, May 21: Afternoon: IB French B SL P1
  • Friday, May 22: Morning: IB French B SL P2