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Easter Bunny Arrives at Stonebriar Centre Tuesday, March 10

Easter Bunny Arrives at Stonebriar Centre Tuesday, March 10

Kids invited to join the bunny for breakfast and movies on Saturday, March 21 FRISCO, TX (March...

Texas Governor Greg Abbott To Attend Denton Gop’s Lincoln-Reagan Event

Texas Governor Greg Abbott To Attend Denton Gop’s Lincoln-Reagan Event

The state’s two top elected officials are confirmed to attend the Denton County Republican Party’s...

Active Shooter Response at Celina High School

Active Shooter Response at Celina High School

Celina, TX – On Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 11:35AM, Celina police officers responded to the Celina...

PHMS invites the community to join us in a Glow Run and Block Party event to celebrate one of our own

PHMS invites the community to join us in a Glow Run and Block Party event to celebrate one of our own

Sponsorships are now available and it’s a great opportunity for Frisco businesses to get their...

Time to Spring Forward!

Time to Spring Forward!

It's time to set your clocks forward for the season! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on...

Frisco Police Incident Reports 02/23/2015 - 03/01/2015
DATE              CFS#          OFFENSE/INCIDENT LOCATION02/26/2015 15018558 AGG ASSAULT/DDLY WEAPON 9400 ROLATER RD02/2 ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 02/23/2015-03/01/2015
ARREST#    DATE            CHARGE LOCATIONOFFENSE 15000396 02/23/2015 3900 PRESTON RD COLLIN CO WARRANT COLLIN CO WARRANT PUBLIC I ...
Active Shooter Response at Celina High School
Celina, TX – On Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 11:35AM, Celina police officers responded to the Celina High School after receiving an ‘active shooter’ alert. The alert was sent from a teacher’s s ...
Firefighters Monitoring Gas Line Break In Preston Vineyard Subdivision
(March 2, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.) Frisco firefighters are monitoring natural gas levels related to a six-inch line break in the Preston Vineyard subdivision. The break is located in the 10300 block of Pre ...
Frisco City Services Update 12/27/2015
The Environmental Collection Center will be closed Saturday, Feb. 28 due to inclement weather. As a result,  drop-off for chemicals, electronics and household hazardous waste will ...
PHMS invites the community to join us in a Glow Run and Block Party event to celebrate one of our own
Sponsorships are now available and it’s a great opportunity for Frisco businesses to get their name out and help a fantastic cause! April 10, PHMS will host a Glow Run and Block Party open to the en ...
FISD Students Advance to Texas Science & Engineering Fair
Twenty-three Frisco ISD students will represent the District at the ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair scheduled March 26-29 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Ea ...
Student Artwork Selected for State Exhibit
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Seventh Graders Build Prosthetic Hand Using 3D Printing
A group of seventh graders from Frisco ISD’s Pioneer Heritage Middle School is working to give independence to anyone around the world who may be in need of a prosthetic hand. The students created ...
Babysitter Rules: What to Tell Your Babysitter Before You Leave Home
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AKA Chartering
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The Recipients Are Announced And Celebrated
PLANO, TX – February 26, 2015 – The Junior League of Collin County is pleased to announce the recipients of the Excellence in Service Awards which honor nonprofit organizations and individuals who ...
Collin College Announces Sole Finalist For Presidency
Feb. 28, 2015 – Today, the Collin College Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Neil Matkin is the sole finalist for the college’s district presidency.     Dr. Matkin is the executi ...
Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Coming Soon to Texas
Build-Your-Own Artisanal Pizza Restaurant Set to Open in Frisco This May FRISCO, TX--(Marketwired - Feb 5, 2015) - Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the nation's leading build-your-own artisanal pizza resta ...
Baxter Brinkmann sells off a piece of his ranch land
It's confirmed, Baxter Brinkmann of Frisco, whose Brinkmann Ranch covers 3500 acres, has FINALLY sold his first tract of that ranch land to Landon Development on the SE corner of Eldorado and Coit. T ...
Easter Bunny Arrives at Stonebriar Centre Tuesday, March 10
Kids invited to join the bunny for breakfast and movies on Saturday, March 21 FRISCO, TX (March 3, 2015) – Tuesday, March 10 is an eggstra-special day at Stonebriar Centre! That’s when the Easter ...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott To Attend Denton Gop’s Lincoln-Reagan Event
The state’s two top elected officials are confirmed to attend the Denton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the D/FW Hyatt Regency Hotel. Both Go ...
Time to Spring Forward!
It's time to set your clocks forward for the season! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th. During Daylight Saving Time, watering is not permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. ...
Join our Block Captain Team!
Calling all water conservation enthusiasts! Frisco WaterWise would like to extend you an invitation to join our network of Block Captain volunteers. The WaterWise Block Captain Program is a gras ...
Sprinklers 101
Want to learn more about your sprinkler system but don’t know where to start? It may seem as if there is an endless variety of sprinkler systems, sprinkler heads and controllers to choose from ...
FC Dallas and TXA 21 expand partnership for the 2015 season
FC Dallas today named local television partner TXA 21 (KTXA) as the official "Home of FC Dallas Soccer," with a significant increase in the number of games airing on the station in 2015.  WATCH: ...
Toyota Stadium set to host Querétaro versus Puebla in March, presented by El Rancho
FRISCO, Texas – Gallos Blancos of Querétaro FC will face fellow Mexican side  Puebla FC in a match presented by El Rancho at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at Toyota Stadium. The two Liga MX sides ...
Frisco RoughRiders to make major enhancements to Dr Pepper Ballpark
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 02/27/2015-03/01/2015
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Arts in the Square 2015 Calling Volunteers
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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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