We have a Pre-Cal course that feeds students into AB, and an Intro-Cal course (that spends spring trimester in introductory calculus topics) that feeds into BC. If a student is in Intro-Cal and makes below an 80 for the year, s/he must go into AB instead of BC; if a student makes above 89, s/he must go into BC; if the year's grade is in the 80's, then s/he has the choice of the two courses, but in that case we talk with them and make strong recommendations one way or the other.
In a message dated 98-05-15 12:30:20 EDT, you write: > ><< In the middle of the last minute frenzy of test preparation, we also have > students signing up for next year's classes. How do you decide whether a > student should take AB or BC? Sometimes the student makes the decision for > him/herself, but often some sort of guidance would be helpful. > >> > >In our school students (40-50 each year out of a senior class of about 250) >sign up for AP Calculus. On the first day of class these students meet in one >room and we (the teachers) explain the program and the differences between AB >and BC. We answer any questions they have. Then we let them decide which of >the two classes (which meet at the same time) they want. After they have made >their choice we carefully check with their precalculus teachers and make sure >they have made a wise choice. If we feel they are over their heads in BC or >under their heards (?) in AB we discuss the matter with them privately. The >final choice is theirs. They almost always make the right decision (in our >opinion). They are not allowed to change from one to the other after the first >two weeks or so. > >Lin McMullin >Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School >Burnt Hills, NY
Wayne Murrah, Chairman, Math Dept. Porter-Gaud School 300 Albemarle Rd. Charleston, SC 29414