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Student Parent Handbook 2020 - 2021
Handbook Addendum on Health Conduct - March 2021
AP Calculus Approved by College Board
Dear parents and students of ACS Athens,
The Math Department at ACS Athens is very pleased to announce that College Board has authorized our Calculus syllabus to use the AP ® designation. Students can now benefit in a number of ways which include but are not limited to:
Gain the edge on College Preparation
- Through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit of College courses that will be accepted by most of the nation's colleges and universities. Depending on the University and on your AP exam grade, you may even earn an actual grade for that College course, thus contributing early to a high College GPA
- By taking AP courses, you can improve your writing and problem solving skills and develop a strong work ethic that will help you succeed in demanding College coursework
- Complete your degree requirements faster than anyone else by getting a head start in College
- Save on College tuition
Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
- Show that you are ready to take on College responsibilities in High School
- Show that you are willing to take the most rigorous courses.
- Demonstrate your commitment to achieve Academic excellence
Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
We have now crossed over into a new era. The approval of our first AP course gives the opportunity for all departments to develop more AP courses for our students that will further help their College experience. Also, it opens a door in the near future for the development and implementation of online AP courses.
Students, take advantage of the unique opportunity to take AP classes and work towards your future now!
- Explore the world from different perspectives, most importantly your own.
- Study subjects intricately and in detail.
- Demonstrate your ability to reason, analyze and understand with minimal supervision.
Ineligibility Versus Academic Probation
One of the questions we are often asked in the Academy office is to explain the difference between ineligibility and academic probation. The difference between the two is explained here.
Ineligibility is when a student has earned 3 or more D’s, 2 D’s & 1 F, or 2 or more F’s at the end of any given quarter. These students are not allowed to participate in any athletics or co-curricular activities, including extended field trips, for the remainder of the school year, and they are expected to leave campus at 3:45pm each day. If already on a team, the student is asked to withdraw. Students can be taken off the ineligible list by improving their grades in the next quarter.
Academic Probation is the more serious of the two classifications. Students on Academic Probation have earned low grades in an entire semester. A student who receives two F’s or one F and one D or three or more D’s at the end of any given semester is placed on Academic Probation for the next semester. Should students remain on academic probation for a second consecutive semester, they may be asked to withdraw from the school. Students on Academic Probation are ineligible for participation in any co-curricular activities or athletic teams.
Should you have any questions about the difference between these two classifications, please call the Academy Principal’s Office.
National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit Scholarship Program acknowledges the exceptional academic performance of students who enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students and demonstrate outstanding potential for academic success.