ACPA offers opportunities for students to continue their own development out of regular class time. To that end there are two 1-hour long Advisory meetings every week, during which students are encouraged to think about personal choices and development, supported in their search for future plans and introduced to ways and tools to get ready for college. ACPA also offers two 1-hour long Learning Lab sessions, staffed by teachers, every schools day, 7-8am and 3:45-4:45pm to offer students extra opportunities for them to achieve their academic and personal goals, where they can work on their school projects, get homework help from teachers, prepare for an upcoming school or standardized test or search and apply for an internship or summer program or college.
PSAT, SAT, ACT Testing
ACPA recommends that students begin preparing for these exams as soon as possible. The following chart shows when ACPA students take which exam:
The Learning Lab program occurs before and after school daily. One of the best ways to utilize Learning Lab is for students to schedule time to work with a teacher either on reading, writing, math or test prep strategies in general.
Advanced Placement Testing (AP)
ACPA recognizes the value of offering college-level classes to students while in high school when they are ready. ACPA has College Board certified Advanced Placement classes in English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, US History, European History, World History, Calculus A/B, Biology, and Environmental Science. These classes are offered on a rotating basis.
At the end of the school year, students enrolled in AP-level classes have the option to take the AP Exam. This exam costs approximately $88.00 and is offered in May. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the exam, often earn college credit at the college or university they attend.
Preparing for and sitting successfully through an AP exam, regardless of outcome, increases the likelihood of graduating from college significantly. This program is one of the foundations of ACPA’s college preparatory model.