Application for Admission: AAPLE Academy 2019-2020
IMPORTANT! PARENTS AND STUDENTS MUST READ BEFORE STUDENT APPLIES TO THE ACADEMY:

Thank you for your interest in the Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment (AAPLE). Our motto Lead, Serve, Excel succinctly describes the Academy focus. It is important that applicants have a strong interest in organizational leadership, civic leadership, and leadership in the classroom. The AAPLE Academy seeks students from varying social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Our aim is to admit a diverse group of high achieving student leaders interested in leadership theory and practice and making a deep impact on their community.

The AAPLE Academy's academic pathway is very challenging. It is very important that you consider this and the time commitment involved before applying. We cannot stress enough the importance of students and parents reviewing the program requirements on our Academy website and having meaningful discussions regarding the time commitment, focus on leadership and service, and academic balance required by Academy participants.

Due to the popularity of the Academy there will be more applicants than spaces available. Please know in advance that we are expecting a high number of applicants representing all District junior high schools and many of the surrounding private schools. Please understand prior to applying that in most cases, those who do not get admitted to the academy will submit good comprehensive applications, however, when compared against all applications, some applicants will not be admitted. The admissions panel will evaluate each student’s application in a holistic manner with the intent of finding the best match for the AAPLE Academy. We strongly recommend that all applicants become familiar with the many other amazing academies, activities, and opportunities available at SMHS.

Please Note:

• The application window will close on January 13th, 2019 @ 11:59PM. Late applications will not be accepted.

• You cannot save your answers and come back to them. We suggest that you write your essay using word processing software on your desktop and then cut and paste your final draft into the appropriate text-box. Please strictly follow formatting requirements provided below.

• Once you have pressed "Submit", your application is final. There will be no exceptions. You may only submit one application. You cannot edit, add, or resubmit a new application. Please, double check and proof read your application before you submit it.

• It is important to strictly follow application instructions.

GOOD LUCK AND GO ROYALS!

General Information
Last Name, First Name *
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Last 4 Digits of your phone # *
This will be your APPLICATION ID & you must put it at the top of each of your paragraph responses, recomendations & extra curriculars
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Gender *
Email Address *
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Confirm Email Address *
(retype email address)
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Street Address *
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City *
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State *
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Zip Code *
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Home Phone *
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Cell Phone
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Present Grade Level *
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Current School *
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Student ID # *
If you have one, if not write (no student ID)
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How did you first hear about the Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment? *
Short Answer. No more than 50 words. Please use space provided.
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The Leaders Self Evaluation
The academy seeks a diverse group of students with various traits and attributes. Please evaluate your leadership competencies using the scale below. *
I have experience
I would like to learn more
Self-Awareness
Confidence
Civic Responsibility
Relationships building
Empathy
Mentoring
Empowering Others
Team building
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Social Identity
Group Dynamics
Collaboration
Diversity and Inclusivity
Effective Communication
Active Listening
Social Justice
Conflict Negotiation
Advocating for a Point of View
Resiliency
Decision Making
Evaluation of Process
Ethics
Problem Solving
Research
Strategic Planning
Goal Setting
Self-Rating
How would you rate yourself according to the areas below? *
Below Average
Average
Good (above average)
Very Good (well above average)
Excellent (top 10%)
Outstanding (top 5%)
Curiosity
Initiative
Creativity
Academic Achievement
Motivation
Integrity
Concern for Others
Reliability
Positive Mindset
Extracurricular Involvement
(Follow instructions) Please list the extracurricular involvement that you have participated in grades K-8. The AAPLE Academy recognizes that not all students have the same opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. We are interested in both traditional and nontraditional extracurriculars. For example, if you need to provide childcare or work to support your family please let us know.

Formatting: List your principal extracurricular involvements, followed by a brief description of each, in order of importance to you. You must use a bullet or asterisks to separate each. You must make sure to separate each activity by a space.

For each section, do not list more than 5. If you have more than 5, prioritize those that you would most like AAPLE to know about.

ID: Your extracurricular involvement will not be considered if you fail to place your APPLICATION ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of each extracurricular involvement response.

Volunteer Work/Community Service *
Briefly list any volunteer work/community service you participate in. Non-traditional considerations are also welcomed (e.g., helping someone in your neighborhood or community not associated with an nonprofit organization). You must use a bullet or asterisks to separate each. You must make sure to separate each activity by a space. For each section, do not list more than 5. If you have more than 5, prioritize those that you would most like AAPLE to know about. ID: Your extracurricular involvement will not be considered if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of each extracurricular involvement response.
Your answer
Honors/Awards *
Briefly list any academic or extracurricular distinctions or honors you have received. Non-traditional considerations are also welcomed (e.g., first in your family to participate on a sports team, play an instrument, or sing for your church). You must use a bullet or asterisks to separate each. You must make sure to separate each activity by a space. For each section, do not list more than 5. If you have more than 5, prioritize those that you would most like AAPLE to know about. ID: Your extracurricular involvement will not be considered if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of each extracurricular involvement response.
Your answer
School Related and Non-School Related Programs and Activities *
Briefly list any school related and/non-school related programs and activities you have participated in (e.g., teams, folklórico, childcare, AVID, ASB, etc). You must use a bullet or asterisks to separate each. You must make sure to separate each activity by a space. For each section, do not list more than 5. If you have more than 5, prioritize those that you would most like AAPLE to know about. ID: Your extracurricular involvement will not be considered if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of each extracurricular involvement response.
Your answer
Leadership Positions *
For the activities in which you have been a participant, list leadership positions you have held (e.g., vice president, captain, section leader, etc). You must use a bullet or asterisks to separate each. You must make sure to separate each activity by a space. For each section, do not list more than 5. If you have more than 5, prioritize those that you would most like AAPLE to know about. ID: Your extracurricular involvement will not be considered if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of each extracurricular involvement response.
Your answer
Compelling Circumstances
The AAPLE Academy recognizes that not all students have the same opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. We would like to know if there are any compelling circumstances that may have limited your opportunity to participate in any of the extracurricular activities above. In particular, please let us know if there are family situations or responsibilities, after-school work obligations, sibling childcare, or other circumstances that would be important for us to know about. If not, please move to the next question. If so, please explain in the space provided below. ID: You must place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of your compelling reason response. Please do not forget to do so.
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Short Answer Responses
* Please use the space provided only.

* You must place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) in the top left corner of each response. Your essay will not be considered if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) at the top of each essay.

* Your short answer response must not exceed 350 words total. Note however that writing only of few sentences may not be enough. Most essays will use almost all of the 350 word maximum. Spend time on this section. Write to make an impact and impression on the reader.

* Formatting: You must format properly before you submit your application. Points will be deducted for improperly formatted short answer responses. You must indent paragraphs. You must provide a space separation between each paragraph.

* You may want to write your short answer response, and then cut and paste your final draft into the space provided. If you do so, make sure to recheck your formatting after you paste it into the space provided.

Tell us how your background or experiences would contribute to a diverse learning environment? *
Please answer in the space provided below. You must follow the above instructions carefully. Your essay will not be read if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) in the top left corner of your essay response. Please read the formatting instructions provided.
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What have you done to make your community or school a better place? *
Please answer in the space provided below. You must follow the above instructions carefully. Your essay will not be read if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) in the top left corner of your essay response. Please read the formatting instructions provided.
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Why are you applying to the AAPLE Academy? *
Please answer in the space provided below. You must follow the above instructions carefully. Your essay will not be read if you fail to place your Application ID (the last four digits of your telephone number) in the top left corner of your essay response. Please read the formatting instructions provided.
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Testing Eligibility
AAPLE Academy courses and the recommended academic pathway are very challenging. Students applying to AAPLE must demonstrate appropriate Math and English readiness for the AAPLE Academy course sequence. For minimum eligibility students must:
* Score 2600 or above in the “Standard Met” score range on the California Assessment of Student Performance and
Progress (CAASPP) math exam taken in 7th grade.
* Score 2600 or above in the “Standard Met” score range on the California Assessment of Student Performance and
Progress (CAASPP) English exam (ELA) taken in 7th grade.

Please Note: Students who did not take the CAASPP exam in 7th grade can demonstrate math readiness by scoring in the 75th percentile or above on a standardized, norm-referenced test.

Please note: Academy applicants are not ranked by their Mathematics or English scores. Scores are used to determine eligibility to apply only.

AAPLE Student’s Learning Agreement:
* I understand that I must complete a minimum of 8 Advanced Placement or capstone dual enrollment courses by the end of my senior year.
* I agree to participate in all leadership, course enrichment, and programmatic excursions.
* I agree to arrive to class on time and ready to work.
* I understand that I will need to complete a minimum of 200 hours of community service by the end of my senior year with 10 of those hours as a tutor.
* I understand that AAPLE will not provide individual feedback for students or their parent who do not get accepted to the Academy.
* I understand that when compared against all application, most applicants will not be admitted and have discussed this fact with my parents.
* I recognize that if I am disciplined or suspended from school for an offense related or not related to the Academy I will be subject to probation or dismissal from the AAPLE Academy.
* I agree to show respect for my teachers and fellow classmates by listening when they are speaking and treating them with courtesy at all times.
* I recognize that participation in AAPLE is a privilege and understand that participation in AAPLE is a four-year commitment.
* I agree to follow SMHS school discipline policies and understand as a member of the AAPLE Academy I have a greater responsibility to represent myself, AAPLE, and SMHS in a positive manner.
* I understand that if I miss 3 AAPLE meetings, functions, or events during any single academy school year without a compelling reason, communicated well in advance of my absence, I will be dropped from he academy.
* I will do my best to fulfill every aspect of this agreement, and I understand that by violating any part of it, I will be placed on probation or be dismissed from the AAPLE Academy.
I agree to the Student Learning Agreement listed above. *
Parent/Guardian Information (to be completed by parent/guardian)
Father's/Guardian's Name *
Last Name, First Name
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Father's/Guardian's Email Address *
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Father's/Guardian's Home Phone
Your answer
Father's/Guardian's Cell Phone
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Father's/Guardian's Work Phone
Your answer
Mother's/Guardian's Name *
Last Name, First Name
Your answer
Mother’s/Guardian's Email Address
Your answer
Mother's/Guardian's Home Phone
Your answer
Mother's/Guardian's Cell Phone
Your answer
Mother's/Guardian's Work Phone
Your answer
Parents: How did you first hear about the Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment? What do you find most attractive about the AAPLE Academy? *
Short Answer. Please use space provided.
Your answer
Parent Understanding
* I understand that AAPLE Academy courses and the AAPLE Academy's 4 year academic pathway is very rigorous and I support my scholar's application with the knowledge of the very challenging grouping of coursework.
* I am confident in my scholar's ability to balance rigorous academics, multiple extracurricular activities, and personal commitments.
* I understand that AAPLE will not provide individual feedback for parents or their students who do not get accepted to the Academy.
* I understand that when compared against all applications, most applicants will not be admitted and have discussed this fact with my son or daughter.
* My scholar and I have discussed at length their participation in AAPLE and support their decision to apply to the Academy.
I agree to the Parent Understanding and have read the Student Learning Agreements listed above. *
Certification
I certify that all the information provided in my application is complete and accurate. I also certify that I am the author of the short answer responses. I understand that AAPLE may deny my application if any information is found to be incomplete or inaccurate. *
Student Signature (please type name)
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I have reviewed my son's/daughter's application and certify that all the information provided by my scholar is complete and accurate. I also certify that my son/daughter is the sole author of the short answer essays. I understand that AAPLE may deny my son's/daughter's application if any information is found to be incomplete or inaccurate. *
Parent Signature (please type name)
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THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JAN 13, 2019 at 11:59PM. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRESS THE "SUBMIT" BUTTON BELOW.
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