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Points of Academic Interest

      The VALUE of Advanced Placement
         •   More than 90% of four-year institutions in the United States grant credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of
             qualifying AP exam scores.  For more information visit the following website:
         •   AP course experience favorably impacts 85% of admission decisions of selective colleges and universities.
         •   AP coursework increases scholarship opportunity and improves chances of college admission.
         •   The cost of the AP exam is less than most college textbooks.
         •   Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on
             schedule in 4 years. (An additional year can cost your family on average between $18,000 - $29,000). For more
             information visit
         •   AP prepares students majoring in engineering, biochemistry and other STEM (science, technology, engineering,
             mathematics) majors in college.
         •   AP students perform better in their intermediate-level STEM coursework than students with the same SAT score who
             had taken the college’s own introductory course.
      “One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement
      Examinations.”  - William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Harvard University

      Students participating in Advanced Placement are required to take the National AP Exam as part of the courses’ curriculum.
      This testing fee (approx. $95) may be reduced or waived based solely upon the guidelines articulated by the Alabama State
      Department of Education for free/reduced lunches. Therefore, no student will be denied participation in the AP Program due
      to financial hardship. It is highly recommended that students consult with college(s) of choice, as college credit may be earned
      by scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on the exam. Careful attention should be given when selecting an AP course or courses as
      students will not be allowed to drop an AP course. Consult the grading scale to view the weight given to rigor of the AP
      program.  All  students  who  register  for  an  AP  class  should  complete  the  required  agreement  (included  in  the  back  of the
      curriculum catalog) and return with the registration form.

      Honors courses are designed for the college-bound student. The curriculum is covered at an accelerated pace and provides
      students the opportunity to take advanced-level courses in English, world languages, math, and science. These courses follow
      the Alabama Course of Study and include enrichment activities, extra projects, research, and/or laboratory experiences. Honors
      and PreAP courses are noted in the course descriptions and receive Honors weighted credit per the current grading scale.
      Careful attention should be made when selecting an honors course. Students will not be allowed to drop Honors/PreAP
      courses. Consult the grading scale to view the weight given to rigor of the Honors/PreAP/AP program.

      ACCESS Virtual Learning Program
      Madison City participates in ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms Educators and Students Statewide) Virtual
      Learning, a program sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education. ACCESS is available to all public school students
      in grades 7 – 12 and provides students the opportunity to take coursework that may not be available at their school or to
      allow for more flexible scheduling. All courses are high quality, follow Alabama Course of Study Standards and are taught by
      Alabama certified teachers. Flexibility of the ACCESS program allows students to complete their coursework any place
      where reliable computer and internet service is available. Students may work any time, any place and at any pace. Students
      must complete Unit/Module tests, midterms, and finals at school under direct supervision of an ACCESS trained facilitator.
      All coursework needed to meet graduation requirements are provided through ACCESS. For further information, you may
      visit the ACCESS web site at and select “Courses” to view courses currently available. This list
      may change before the beginning of next school year. All requests for ACCESS courses must be made through your school
      counselor. School administrators determine whether or not it is appropriate to register students for any course and will be
      responsible for handling the registration process.
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