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Frisco Education Foundation Night with the Texas Legends

Frisco Education Foundation Night with the Texas Legends

Frisco ISD families can enjoy a fun night of basketball and support the Frisco Education...

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Super Bowl Weekend in Collin County

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Super Bowl Weekend in Collin County

DWI drivers need to be on notice that this will be a ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Super Bowl...

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 01/30/2015-02/01/2015

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 01/30/2015-02/01/2015

Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of activities for easy viewing....

Pioneer Heritage Students Named Regional Winners in National STEM Contest

Pioneer Heritage Students Named Regional Winners in National STEM Contest

A group of five seventh graders from Pioneer Heritage Middle School won $10,000 in grants and...

Baylor University and Collin College Announce Partnership on New ‘Baylor Bound’ Transfer Agreement

Baylor University and Collin College Announce Partnership on New ‘Baylor Bound’ Transfer Agreement

Agreement will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions MCKINNEY, Texas...

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Super Bowl Weekend in Collin County
DWI drivers need to be on notice that this will be a ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Super Bowl weekend, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. Those showing signs of driving whi ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 01/19/2015 - 01/25/2015
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Frisco Police Arrest Reports 01/19/2015-01/25/2015
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Traffic switch on Panther Creek Pkwy at FM 423 tomorrow, Jan. 21
(January 20, 2015)  Traffic patterns will be modified at the intersection of Panther Creek Parkway and FM 423 on Wed., January 21 as part of TxDOT’s widening project on FM 423,&n ...
Section of Parkwood Blvd. Closed Today, Jan. 20
(January 20, 2015) Parkwood Blvd. -- between Gaylord Parkway and Seei Circle -- will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 20, starting at 6 a.m. The road will reopen by 7p.m. Tuesday evening.  ...
Frisco Education Foundation Night with the Texas Legends
Frisco ISD families can enjoy a fun night of basketball and support the Frisco Education Foundation at the same time. The Texas Legends take on the Austin Spurs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 at ...
Pioneer Heritage Students Named Regional Winners in National STEM Contest
A group of five seventh graders from Pioneer Heritage Middle School won $10,000 in grants and scholarships as part of the Lexus Eco Challenge, a STEM contest for students in grades 6-12 built on envir ...
Recipe for Fun: 10 Steps for Cooking with Your Children
One of the most engaging and fun ways to spend time with your child is in the kitchen. There is something special about sharing time in the kitchen and preparing a favorite dish with loved ones and fr ...
Career and Technical Education Center to Host Guided Tours
Middle and high school students and parents are invited to learn more about the educational opportunities available to all Frisco ISD high school students at the FISD Career and Technical Education Ce ...
Frisco ISD eNewsletter: January 16, 2015
Trustees Move Forward with New Schools The School Board reviewed preliminary design plans this week for high school #10, scheduled to open in the 2017-18 school year to relieve Heritage, Lon ...
Destination College Hosts “How To Apply For Financial Aid”
January 29, 2015 – The Destination College department will offer a workshop on financial aid from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center located at 970 ...
Baylor University and Collin College Announce Partnership on New ‘Baylor Bound’ Transfer Agreement
Agreement will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions MCKINNEY, Texas (Jan. 26, 2015) – Baylor University and Collin College today announced the creation of a formal B ...
Citizen Prosecutor Academy now taking applications for spring session
What's a plea bargain? What are expunctions? What does a grand jury do? If you've ever wondered exactly how the criminal justice system works in Collin County, Criminal District Attorney’s Office ha ...
Frisco Square Announced as Developer of the Year at Frisco Chamber Celebration
Frisco, TEXAS (January 22, 2015) – Frisco businesses and several community individuals were honored on Friday, January 16 at the 31st Annual Awards Celebration hosted by the Frisco Chamber of Comme ...
Registration Open For Youth Leadership Summit
January 16, 2015 – Registration is now open for Collin College’s Annual Youth Leadership Summit which will occur from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Lege ...
Safe Indoor Houseplants
In the drab of wintertime, houseplants may be the only greenery sprucing up our home. Houseplants bring not only color and beauty, but also have been shown to improve indoor air quality. Ho ...
Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano Monthly Meeting
When:  Tuesday, March 10, 2015             Refreshments:  9:30: AM, Meeting 10:00 AM Where:  SMU in Plano, 5228 Tennyson Parkway ...
Family Fun Day For People Who Stutter And Continuing Education For Speech Professionals To Be Held In Frisco January 31
The National Stuttering Association will host a Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Heritage High School, 14040 Eldorado Parkway in Frisco. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ...
Attend Frisco's Healthy Lawns Workshop
Discover ways to maintain a healthy lawn using less water. This free workshop will help you identify potential problem spots in your new or established landscape and how to maintain the natural beauty ...
Rose Rosette Disease
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CONCACAF U-20 champion Jesse Gonzalez returns home with new-found confidence
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NAHL announces 2015 Top Prospects rosters
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NAHL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey 01/19/2015
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 01/30/2015-02/01/2015
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of activities for easy viewing. If you would like to add an event in future editions, please send it to ...
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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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