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Celebrate Teachers! Fashion Show Set for Saturday, May 2 at Stonebriar Centre

Celebrate Teachers! Fashion Show Set for Saturday, May 2 at Stonebriar Centre

Teachers walk the runway; schools and school districts eligible for cash prizes FRISCO, TX (April...

Harvest the Rain!

Harvest the Rain!

With all the rain we’ve received this spring, wouldn’t it be nice to save some for the hot, dry...

Frisco ISD eNewsletter: April 17, 2015

Frisco ISD eNewsletter: April 17, 2015

New Boundary Paves the Way for Future High School in McKinney  The School Board approved...

A Night of Dancing, Dinner, and FUNdraising

A Night of Dancing, Dinner, and FUNdraising

Are you ready for a night of dinner, dancing, cocktails, raffles, and auctions? Join us on May 2nd...

Boundary Changes to Accommodate High School in McKinney

Boundary Changes to Accommodate High School in McKinney

The Frisco ISD School Board approved minor changes this week that will impact the boundary...

Frisco Police Incident Reports 04/13/2015-04-19-2015
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Frisco Police Arrest Reports 04/13/2015-04/19/2015
ARREST# DATE OFFENSE/CHARGE LOCATION 15000795 04/13/2015 PRESTON RD / JOHN HICKMAN PKWY POSS DRUG PARAPH 15000796 04/13/2015 3200 PARKWOOD BLVD RICHARDSON PD WARRANT RICHARDSON PD WARRANT 15000797 ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 04/06/2015-04/12/2015
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Frisco Police Captures Bank Robbery Suspect
FRISCO, TX – On 04/11/2015 at approximately 9:13 am, Frisco police officers responded to the Chase Bank, located at 3127 Main Street in reference to a bank robbery.  While enroute, officers we ...
Tuesday Story Time at Stonebriar Centre Pottery Barn Kids
Every Tuesday in May with special Mother’s Day theme on Tuesday, May 5 FRISCO, TX (April 17, 2015) – Tuesday is Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids at Stonebriar Centre and kids are invited to drop b ...
Frisco ISD eNewsletter: April 17, 2015
New Boundary Paves the Way for Future High School in McKinney  The School Board approved minor changes this week that will impact the boundary between Frisco ISD and Allen ISD in the City of McK ...
Boundary Changes to Accommodate High School in McKinney
The Frisco ISD School Board approved minor changes this week that will impact the boundary between FISD and Allen ISD in the City of McKinney. The land is undeveloped; therefore no students current ...
Frisco Girl Scout Troop 8737 responds to “Sow what?” Girl Scout Seniors help Frisco Seniors Eat Healthier
While completing their Girl Scout Journey Badge “Sow what?” local girls from Frisco High School asked what they could do to promote healthier eating and living in their community. After looking ar ...
U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson Honors Students for Healthy Eating
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Celebrate Teachers! Fashion Show Set for Saturday, May 2 at Stonebriar Centre
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A Night of Dancing, Dinner, and FUNdraising
Are you ready for a night of dinner, dancing, cocktails, raffles, and auctions? Join us on May 2nd for the biggest fundraising event of the year.  The B.A.R.C. (Build A Rescue Clinic) Gala is in ...
The Junior League Of Collin County Brings The World Of Polo To Collin County
Junior League Collin County hosts the second annual Lone Star Stomp at Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point, TX (Plano, TX) The Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) is proud to host the second annual ...
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FRISCO, Texas, Apr. 13 – Frisco Family Services (FFS) is asking the community to provide input into a confidential Community Needs survey to help us ensure the immediate needs of our service area, F ...
Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Breaks Ground in Frisco
FRISCO, Tex. – Groundbreaking has commenced on a 45,130-square-foot expansion of Parkview in Frisco, 7450 Stonebrook Parkway. With completion anticipated for March of 2016, the expansion of the comm ...
Harvest the Rain!
With all the rain we’ve received this spring, wouldn’t it be nice to save some for the hot, dry summer ahead? Rainwater harvesting allows us to save water from rainy days to put it on our lawns a ...
It's a Bug's Life
Insects may not always have the most favored place in our hearts. However, experienced gardeners know that certain six-legged visitors to your yard can be your garden’s best friend. Encouraging ben ...
Spring Into Action
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WaterWise Wildflowers
Want some new spring color in your landscape? This year, consider going native in your garden. Grasses, forbs, and perennials native to our region have adapted to the wide range of temperature ...
Stonebriar Centre Welcomes Second Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip®
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Array of new food offerings, lower beer prices on tap at Dr Pepper Ballpark
FRISCO, TEXAS (APRIL 9, 2015) – Fans attending Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. Frisco RoughRiders home opener at Dr Pepper Ballpark will have the first opportunity to enjoy a completely revamped food and bev ...
Frisco RoughRiders announce pre-game events for Opening Day
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FC Dallas Offer: $5 Kid's Tickets!
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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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