NHS AP/IB Course Contract for 2017-18 SY
Please read the information below in its entirety. Any student that is currently enrolled in any AP and/or IB Course MUST complete this online academic contract. Failure to complete this contract before the school year begins means that a student may be withdrawn from the AP/IB course(s) on their schedule.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are a challenging learning experience that are recognized as highly effective preparation for success in college. A record of AP and/or IB courses on a student’s transcript is an indication of the student’s commitment to rigorous academics. Course requirements are carefully outlined on the AP and IB Course Description links available online at www.norcrosshigh.org.

Typically, successful AP and IB students are task-oriented, proficient readers, able to prioritize their time, and have parental support. The rigorous curriculum requires more effort and homework on the part of the students. The faster pace of the class covers more content in greater depth. Summer work may be required as a prerequisite to the class.

HONOR CODE
Individual student integrity is a standard of excellence for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate students. All students are expected to do their own work. Each teacher will follow GCPS policies and NHS procedures in dealing with any breach of academic integrity.
COMMITMENT CODE
Students wishing to participate in the AP or IB course(s) are expected to make a commitment to complete each course, whether the course is a semester-long or year-long course.
o Since classes are built upon student requests, any request for class changes for an AP course will have to be made to the AP Steering Committee which is composed of the AP Coordinator (Mr. Steve White), counselor, teacher, and the student.
o IB Course Candidate students will need to complete the IB Exit Process through the IB Diploma Coordinator (Mr. Dan Byrne)
o For a student whose grade average for the first semester is less than 70, a student-parent-teacher conference will be held to evaluate the advisability of the student’s remaining in the class for the second semester. Students who do not pass an IB course cannot remain in an IB course.
o If a student transfers from an AP or IB course during the semester, the grades for that student will transfer to the course to which the student enters. There will be no change in weighting of grades for the GPA scale, and the student will not receive the 10 points awarded at the end of the semester that is applied to all AP and IB courses. Make-up work for the new course will be at the discretion of the teacher of that course.

A student desiring to exit an AP or IB course after a contract has been completed and the roster has been generated must take the following steps:
o Attend a student/parent/teacher conference
o For AP courses: Obtain an exit form from the counselors’ office and complete the form along with the parent and teacher signatures.
o For IB courses: Print off an online IB exit request form, complete all required steps/information.
o Submit the exit form to the AP Coordinator or IB Coordinator
o The student withdrawing from the AP or IB course may also not receive their first choice of course, or level placement, they are transferring into based on class availability. There is also a possibility that the student’s entire schedule may be altered if a change is made.

By signing this contract, I understand that the following conditions and requirements apply:
o I thoroughly understand the course description and expectations of the AP or IB college-level course.
o I will complete all summer assignments as designated by the individual class requirements and due dates.
o I may need to purchase supplemental materials for some of my AP or IB courses and understand that this requirement will be present on the individual course syllabus available online. (Financial aid will be available for F/R students.)
o For IB Courses I realize the course work of the class as well as the final IB exam will determine if I get college credit. I agree to complete all required components for this course.

After reviewing the Commitment and Honor Code for AP/IB Courses above, please fill out the following information.
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Student Agreement
I have read the AP/IB Commitment and Honor Code and I am familiar with the course expectations and accept the academic challenges. I agree to organize my time and efforts to successfully complete the course. Due to the increased rigor and challenge of this course, I will notify the teacher, request help, and attend tutorials if I fall behind in class assignments or have difficulty with course content. I understand that my success an AP or IB course is primarily my responsibility.

Your electronic signature below indicates that you have read the all statements in this academic contract and you understand the expectations of taking an AP/IB course at NHS.

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I have read the AP/IB Commitment and Honor Code and I am familiar with its requirements and agree to support and encourage my student in the endeavors of the course. I will notify the teacher immediately of any concerns I have relating to the AP or IB class or my student’s progress.

Your electronic signature below indicates that you have read the all statements in this academic contract and you understand the expectations of students taking an AP/IB course at NHS.

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