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Is my child ready for Advanced Placement® (AP®) at Athena’s?
Students registering for AP courses at Athena’s should be ready for college-level rigor. Offered to pre-college students, AP courses at Athena’s are college-level courses with the same rigor and requirements, including work-load, as courses offered on a college campus. Although Athena’s does not have age requirements, each class will have prerequisites that the students should meet before signing up for the course.
Are there age requirements at Athena's?
Although Athena’s does not have age requirements, courses will have prerequisites students should meet before signing up for the course.
What are the prerequisites for each AP® course?
What is the parent’s role?
Parental participation is highly encouraged for AP courses to ensure your child gets the most out of each class. Students should be able to complete the coursework without parental assistance, but parents should be available to make sure students are keeping up with the assignments. If the student desires to take the AP test, parents should make the necessary arrangements. Many assignments require Internet access, and we believe this is best done under parental supervision. Athena's Advanced Academy is not responsible for inappropriate content that your child may access on the Internet.
What is the educator’s role?
The educator’s role is to inspire, excite, and engage students through the learning process. Educators will assess student work and assign a final grade. Assessment, feedback, and educator accessibility information are found on the course description pages linked on the Advanced Placement® (AP®) at Athena's Advanced Academy
What is the student’s role?
Students must have a willingness to actively engage with sophisticated concepts, a willingness to be judged by rigorous, college-level standards, and a willingness to complete longer and more complex assignments. Students should be open to discussing progress with their parents and instructors, especially to ensure that the student keeps up with the coursework.
What about documentation, transcripts, and grades for AP® at Athena's?
Educators will assess student work as the course progresses. The educator will assign a final grade for the course. Athena’s will provide the student's Advanced Placement® Transcript in June upon completion of the course, if student address is provided. Specific AP course grading system and scale may be found on the course description pages linked on the Advanced Placement® (AP®) at Athena's Advanced Academy
webpage. Transcripts will be mailed to another school/organization for an additional, nominal fee. Information can be found in the AP Resources Room after logging into Athena’s.
What about AP® test grades?
Students taking the AP Exam will receive an exam grade from College Board®. Each AP Exam score is a weighted combination of the student's scores on the multiple-choice section and the free-response section. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale. You can find out more here: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/about-ap-scores//
What time does the live webinar take place?
Live webinars begin at the top or bottom of the hour – see the webinar schedule for dates and times. Most AP webinars are 90 minutes in length and meet twice a week. The live webinar schedule may be found on the AP webinar schedule webpage. All times listed for the webinars are in the Pacific Time Zone. You may want to check webinar compatibility with your local time zone at http://www.thetimenow.com/
. Please remember the Pacific Time Zone observes Daylight Saving Time.
What are the educators’ qualifications?
What is your position on online etiquette?
At Athena’s Advanced Academy, we are focused on building a respectful, kind, and friendly community of gifted learners. It is extremely important for everyone to communicate in a polite way. *Cyber-bullying and spamming are prohibited. We reserve the right to remove or withdraw a student exhibiting such behavior from a webinar or class. No refund will be given to students removed for inappropriate behavior.
CURRICULUM, MATERIALS, AND COURSES
What are Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses?
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board® which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. All AP courses at Athena’s go through an auditing process by College Board®.
What is the relationship between Advanced Placement® and College Board?
Advanced Placement is a program developed and overseen by the College Board, the not-for-profit organization that is responsible for the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and other programs and services in college readiness and college success that help more than seven million students each year prepare for a successful transition to college.
What level is Advanced Placement®?
Offered to pre-college students, AP courses at Athena’s are college-level courses with the same rigor and requirements as courses offered on a college campus. Many students choose to take the AP test after completion of the course.
What materials must I purchase?
Can students move through the AP® courses at their own pace?
Students taking AP courses at Athena’s must keep up with the coursework. Students who fall behind in the coursework risk incompletion. If the coursework gets too difficult for the student, students may move to “audit” status. Refunds are not given for students moving to audit status.
Can my student audit an AP® class?
Students may audit the AP courses if desired. Auditing a course allows a student to take a class without the benefit of a grade or credit for a course. Students auditing the course may continue to turn in assignments, but will not be issued assignment grades or a final grade. The cost for auditing a class is currently the same as it would be for a student taking the course for a grade.
Does Athena’s administer AP® tests?
Athena’s does not administer AP tests. It is the parent’s responsibility to make the necessary arrangements for their student to take the test in a testing facility. AP tests are administered on a strict schedule in May. The tests are approximately three hours long and consist of multiple-choice and free-response questions. The free-response questions are graded by college professors and AP teachers in June. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale. You can find out more here: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/about-ap-scores//
Where can I find a testing facility?
Can my child get University of California a-g credit for the Athena’s AP® courses?
Will we have access to the classroom at Athena’s after the course is complete?
Students will have access to the Athena’s AP classroom until the end of July following the culmination of the course.
What kinds of activities and assignments will my child complete?
What kind of work load can my child expect for each course?
How much writing will my student be doing?
What feedback is provided to my student?
Educators will assess student work as the course progresses. The educator will assign a final grade for the course. Specific AP course grading system and scale may be found on the course description pages linked on the Advanced Placement® (AP®) at Athena's Advanced Academy
How do I enroll and pay course fees?
What is your refund policy?
Course fees are 90% refundable if a refund request is submitted to Dr. Kirsten at Kirsten@AthenasAcademy.com at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of the first course webinar. After that date, course fees are 50% refundable if a refund request is submitted during the first two weeks (14 days) of class. After the second week of class/before the third webinar, no refunds are given for any reason. **Please see following note regarding refunds and charter school vouchers.
Would you consider accepting vouchers from our charter school?
Athena's currently accepts vouchers from several schools and programs for 8-week or semester-long courses. School vouchers are not accepted for year-long courses, including AP courses, unless the organization agrees to pay all fees before the start of the course. Parents must make arrangements with the organization before contacting us to go through the voucher process. Refunds are not given for courses paid for via a voucher. If the school organization agrees, a $15.00 fee will be automatically added to the order if paying with a voucher to cover the paperwork and purchase order process.
What are the technical requirements for the Advanced Placement® courses?
Students must have the ability to scan and email a document. Please refer to our Technical Requirements
webpage for further details.
Do you use webcams during your webinars?
We use only audio and text-chat during our webinars to keep the focus on the content of the lesson.
Must students have an email address?
Profiles at Athena’s require unique email addresses. Advanced Placement students are required to have their own email address that they check frequently.
For general Advanced Placement and Course information, please refer to the Advanced Placement® at Athena's webpage.
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