• District 228's Advanced Placement Philosophy
     
    The Advanced Placement (AP) Program helps motivate and prepare students for college by providing courses that mirror introductory college level courses at the high school level.  These courses help to foster critical thinking and study skills, and they increase students' persistence and success in college.  Students, who have completed an AP course and exam, tend to have higher acceptance rates into higher education, have higher retention rates once in college, and have higher grade-point-averages in college compared to those students who did not take an AP course or exam.
     
    It is District 228's philosophy to provide as many AP opportunities as we can for our students.  To do this, we are expanding the supports for students and staff through resources, interventions and professional development.  We have made it our goal to increase participation in AP courses and to increase the number of tests taken by our students.  Below you will see our AP success rates for the last five years:
     

    District Data

    2008

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

     2014

     2015

     2016

    2017

    Total Exams

    445

    395

    520

    607

    832 

    1286

     1417

     1808

     1751

    1617

    Total Testers

    292

    258

    347

    385

    559 

    781

     914

     986

     988

    1041

    Passing Exams

    199

    187

    252

    341

    487 

    664

     650

     761

     720

    707

    Passing Rate

    45%

    47%

    48%

    56%

    59% 

    54%

     46%

     42%

     40%

    44%

     

    The College Board recognizes students’ effort on AP exams and awards several levels of distinction.  These awards are:

    AP ScholarGranted to a student who receives scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams

    AP Scholar with HonorGranted to a student who receives an average score of 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores a 3 or higher on four or more of these exams

    AP Scholar with DistinctionGranted to a student who receives an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores a 3 or higher on five or more of these exams

    National AP ScholarGranted to a student who receives an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams

    Below is a summary of our students’ efforts over the last seven years:

    District Scholars

                 
     

    2011

    2012

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    AP Scholar

    31

    34

    72

    55

    96

    86

    91

    AP Scholar with Honors

    8

    19

    20

    27

    16

    22

    23

    AP Scholar with Distinction

    8

    27

    34

    36

    33

    38

    32

    National AP Scholar

    0

    0

    4

    4

    5

    6

    5

     
    One of the interventions we are providing this summer is an AP/pre-AP Camp for our honors and AP students.  It is a four-day camp running in early June at each of the high schools.  This program is targeting students currently enrolled in Studies of English and AP Geography.  The goals of the camp are as follows:
    • To develop support groups within in the student body - teaching students how to study in groups
    • To have students understand the expectations of being an Honors/AP student
    • To address areas of concern prior to beginning courses this fall
    • To experience an AP topic of student - this summer the theme is "Chicago History"

    If you would like to learn more about our AP/pre-AP Camp or to register your incoming student, please contact the following Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning:

    • Bremen HS: Mrs. Jessica Rucsinski at 371-3600 ext. 8104
    • Tinley Park HS: Mrs. Wendy Bumphis at 532-1900 ext. 8204
    • Hillcrest HS: Dr. Maurice Young at 799-7000 ext. 4804
    • Oak Forest HS: Mrs. Jane Dempsey at 687-0500 ext. 8304