The Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) is open to students who are strong academic achievers and who show an aptitude for one or more of the visual or performing arts. There is an application process held during the fall and winter of each year for entrance into these programs of study for the following school year.
The academic division is a challenging program of study in language arts, math, science, and social studies that accelerates students in order to prepare them for college coursework (Advanced Placement) in their final years of high school.
Eligibility criteria for program placement:
- Student must have a score of high Proficient and/or Advanced on state assessments (i.e., MCT2, MST2, SATP).
- Student must have an 85 end-of-term grade average in each core subject area (i.e., language arts, math, science, and social studies) to be considered for the middle school program.
- Student must have an 80 end-of-term grade average in at least two, core subject areas to be considered for the high school program.
- Student must have a passing score on student response exam(s) to be administered in November of each year. All students applying for program placement are required to complete an assessment to be scored by the district’s program assessment review committee.
Eligibility criteria for continued program participation:
In order to remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain the same end-of-term grade average required for program eligibility. In addition, students are expected to score proficient or advanced on state assessments. Students who do not maintain good academic standing are placed on academic probation for at least one school term and no more than one, full academic year. Failure to make academic progress during the probationary period will result in removal from the program and loss of school transfer, if applicable. Exception: Students participating in the performing / visual arts program are expected to maintain grades of an 80 or above in both their arts and core academic courses.
Participation in the academic division demands a commitment to a sustained, rigorous curriculum that pays off in high achievement. Students are expected to complete daily homework, long-term projects, regular writing assignments, and extensive reading assignments during the summer and throughout the school year. In grades 10-12, APAC classes become Advanced Placement (AP), college courses for which the student may earn college credit. Students who earn three or more qualified scores on AP exams are designated as AP Scholars. Over the past eight years, 119 seniors have been named AP Scholars.
Graduates who, during their senior year, satisfactorily meet the criteria for APAC in either the Academic or the Visual and Performing Arts divisions are designated as APAC Graduates with a special insignia on their Murrah graduation stoles.
For entry into an AP® course, a student must:
- Provide a letter of commitment signed by the student and his/her parents;
- Have a high degree of commitment to academic work demonstrated in previous courses; and
- Have passed the prerequisite/recommended core course(s) as well as passed the state’s Subject Area Test(s). Exception: AP® U.S. History is not offered until grade 11.
JPS strongly recommends that in addition to the above-mentioned requirements, students should have:
- Demonstrated a history of achievement within the content area for which they plan to take an AP® course by passing the recommended core course(s) with grade(s) no lower than a 90 in regular courses, as well as passing the state’s Subject Area Test(s), scoring proficient or advanced for those core course(s).
- Performed well on the PSAT/NMSQT® exam, administered during grade 10.
To remain in an AP® course, students must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Maintain at least a “C” for each nine weeks term.
- Once a student, parent, and teacher recognize that the level of difficulty of the AP® course(s) is such that the student may not be successful, a course change should occur immediately. Please see the school counselor for the AP Schedule Change Guidelines.
- Continuously demonstrate a high degree of ongoing commitment to rigorous, academic coursework.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
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APAC PROGRAM RETURNING TO FOREST HILL NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
Forest Hill High School will offer APAC academic courses in 2017-18 school year.
In 2017-18, JPS will offer the APAC program at Forest Hill High School.
Interested parents and students will complete a program interest form. School administrators will determine these students' eligibility by reviewing their:
- End-of-year course averages.
- STAR reading and math assessment results.
- State assessment results.
Qualifying students will be able to select APAC academic courses at onsite registration. Registration begins this summer on July 11.
Teachers will begin Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement training in July. Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi will host these sessions.
Research shows that students who take rigorous courses have improved academic outcomes. They earn higher grades. They graduate high school and complete college at higher rates. This expansion seeks to offer more challenging academics throughout the District. Reaching this goal will ensure fair access and learning opportunities for students.
APAC arts courses will not be offered at Forest Hill in the upcoming school year. This will give the District time to conduct an adequate feasibility study for the arts program.
For more information, contact Dr. Vicki Davidson, Executive Director of Advanced Learning Programs & Services, at (601) 960-8310.