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Sponsors needed for Back to School Fun Fair

Sponsors needed for Back to School Fun Fair

Help Frisco Family Services assist more than 400 Frisco ISD students through the Frisco...

Frisco ISD Names New Campus and District Administrators

Frisco ISD Names New Campus and District Administrators

Frisco ISD continues to fill key administrative positions for the 2015-16 school year. Please...

Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents

Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents

Keeping you and your family safety is a big deal. But sometimes, it’s the little changes you make...

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile Visits Frisco Public Library

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile Visits Frisco Public Library

(June 29, 2015)--Library members can learn more about the thousands of eBooks and audiobooks...

New on the Menu: Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches Now Open at Stonebriar Centre

New on the Menu: Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches Now Open at Stonebriar Centre

FRISCO, TX (June 29, 2015) – Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, a Dallas-based international...

Frisco Police Incident Reports 06/29/2015-07/05/2015
Date Reported      Incident # Offense                        ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 06/29/2015-07/29/2015
Arrest No   Date/Time            Charge Location 15001413 06/29/2015 03:57 EXPIRED OPERATORS LICENSE FAILURE TO APPEAR NOISE NUISANCE (CITY ORDIN ...
Frisco Road Closures July 2-4
Road Closures on July 2 Many of the streets around the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, and will remain closed Friday and Saturday, July 3-4 ( ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 06/22/2015-06/28/2015
DATE            CFS#        OFFENSE/INCIDENT LOCATION06/28/2015 15060175 ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAM TO VEH>=$200 PRESTON RD / ROLATER RD06/26/2015 1505 ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 06/22/2015-06/28/2015
ARREST#   DATE         CHARGE LOCATION OFFENSE 15001350 06/22/2015 6900 PRESTON RD POSS CS PG1 <1G NO DRIVERS LICENSE DISPLAY UNAUTHORIZED LICE ...
Frisco ISD eNewsletter: July 2, 2015
Strategic Plan Envisions Frisco ISD of the Future  The Frisco ISD School Board has approved a strategic plan to guide the District's efforts over the next three to five years. The document ref ...
Frisco ISD Names New Campus and District Administrators
Frisco ISD continues to fill key administrative positions for the 2015-16 school year. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals, who were approved during the regular School Board ...
Strategic Plan to Guide Frisco ISD into the Future
The Frisco ISD School Board approved a strategic plan Monday to guide the District’s efforts over the next three to five years. The document reflects five months of work by more than 200 educator ...
School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget
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Borchardt Students Win State Academic Competition
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Sponsors needed for Back to School Fun Fair
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And the Winners Are ...
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Phase III Groundbreaking To Add 38,203 Square Feet Of Mixed-Use Space At The Shops At Starwood In Frisco, Texas
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Frisco Group Forms to Support Uniform Alcohol Laws
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Groundbreaking For The Development Of Additional Mixed-Use Space At The Shops At Starwood In Frisco, Texas Set To Take Place June 26 At 10:00 Am
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Protecting Your Home's Foundation
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Last Market Day till July 11,2015
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Water with the Weather
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Williams-Sonoma at Stonebriar Centre Presents June Schedule of Complimentary Cooking Classes
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New on the Menu: Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches Now Open at Stonebriar Centre
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Frisco ISD is putting high school students on the path to success, while also saving students and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in college tuition.

Nearly 50 percent of current juniors and seniors are enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course.

Last spring, 75 percent of FISD students who took an AP Exam scored a three or better. In most cases, a student who scores a four or five will receive college credit for the course, though policies vary by college or university.

In addition, 19 percent of this year’s seniors are taking dual credit courses offered in partnership with Collin College. If students pass the class, they receive both high school and college credit.

“There’s no doubt advanced placement and dual credit courses can have a tremendous impact on students who are planning and saving for college,” said Frisco ISD Director of Student Improvement Kenny Chandler. “But these classes also drive student achievement and help ensure our graduates are prepared for the challenges of college and career.”

Liberty High School senior Shivam Gupta is a prime example. He loaded his schedule with AP classes across several subjects beginning his sophomore year.

“I take AP mostly for the rigorous courses because I think they will challenge me for college,” he said. “They offer the right environment where you can succeed. It’s a good environment to learn in.”

Gupta, who plans to major in finance this fall at the University of Texas at Austin, is just one of thousands of FISD students taking AP Exams this month.

“If I can get rid of a lot of those freshman classes, I’m saving a lot of money and a lot of time,” he said.

District wide, more than 3,200 students enrolled in nearly 7,000 AP courses this school year.

At Liberty alone, students are participating in more than 1,200 AP Exams. About 60 percent of the school’s 2,000 students chose to enroll in at least one of the 21 Advanced Placement courses offered.

“Our teachers do a great job of recruiting and identifying the students,” said Liberty Principal John Burdett. “We want to challenge those students who have the capability and help ease the transition to college or even work.”

AP courses have helped create an environment where students can persevere, work hard and test their abilities in a safe and comfortable setting. Almost 90 percent of Liberty students who take an AP course enroll in another the following year.

“Success breeds success,” Burdett said. “It builds confidence and that’s what happens when students get into these classes and succeed.”

Students are extremely motivated, and often times positive peer pressure encourages additional students to take AP classes.

“They want to do it,” said Natevidad Casas, who teaches advanced AP math classes at Liberty. “They know that they need to know the material and pass the AP Exam in order to get credit.”

Frisco ISD educators are there to help students every step of the way. Teachers offer tutorials and mock exams to help students get ready.

The District also requires all AP and Pre-AP teachers to attend week-long trainings in the summer that are specific to the courses they teach. A majority of teachers participate in additional professional development to stay current on new materials and teaching strategies throughout their tenure. All of the Summer Institutes are endorsed by the College Board, the organization that oversees the Advanced Placement testing program.

“They do prepare you really well,” said Liberty senior Christine Park. “If you want to do well on the exams, they will give you all the resources you need.”

It’s just a small part of Frisco ISD’s commitment to providing all students with opportunities to succeed in college, career and life.

“It starts in elementary school and middle school,” Burdett said. “The design of the curriculum, high expectations, all of that prepares our students and sets the foundation. High school is just the culmination of all of our efforts.”

 

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