Everything a student should know about advanced placement courses at Evanston Township High School will be explored at a forum to be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The annual “Pathways to AP Forum—Increasing Access and Success in Advanced Placement Courses” is designed for current freshman, sophomore, and junior students and their parents and guardians.

The forum will focus on how to access AP courses, the supports in place to help students succeed, as well as the impact of AP courses on college planning.

Plenty of opportunity will be provided for students and parents to ask questions of teachers and current and former AP students.

The Advanced Placement program was created by the College Board to offer college-level work and examinations to high school students. Many colleges grant credit to AP students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Why wait to tell possible future Wildkits?

    With so many families of middle school students concerned and talking about the recent program changes at ETHS, why limit the attendance by stating that the program is "designed for" freshmen students and up?  It leads me to believe that middle school students and their families are not welcome to attend.

    Why not use this opportunity as a selling point for the school?  Many parents are wondering whether ETHS is still providing a top quality education or whether the educational quality has sunk with ETHS dumbing down its curriculum (eliminating freshman honors classes in favor of earned honors, most notably).

    It's an opportunity to make the case that students can be challenged and get a high quality education at ETHS.  Why not invite all who are interested, especially freshman and more senior plus their families, to attend?  The ETHS auditorium is huge so I don't think that space is a problem.


    1. AP

      Traditionally, AP is not offered to Freshman.  There is that "onerous" Earned Honors curriculum that is available to freshman, and over the course of the 8th grade year there are orientations provided by the high school which describe the programs.  The ETHS leadership even go to your local elementary schools to provide this on multiple evenings for your convenience.  The administration provides outstanding facts and figures regarding the succuss of the Earned Honors program. 

       There really is no reason to learn about AP until your student is in the "system"   My guess is, if your child is already taking high school honors classes as a 7th or 8th grader, you will be invited to the AP orientation.


      1. AP

        Just to let you know- other schools allow AP courses for freshman and sophomores.  Freshman and Sophomores actually have high rates of scoring 4 and 5 on AP exams.  ETHS  refuses to allow students who want the challenge to participate!

  2. Still breathing and more discouraged about ETHS

    Geez.  A flippant "Breathe!'?

    You missed the point.  I wrote that more information would be nice for both middle schoolers and for the school.  Is there some reason that you assume that I'm breathless over this issue rather than viewing my comment as a positive suggestion from a parent who is interested in both ETHS and my child's possible educational future there?

    Look at the facts.  The buzz on ETHS is very negative right now.  The last thing that anyone should do is insult parents who have questions and concerns about ETHS. Instead, the school should be looking for ways to convince parents that the school provides a quallity education. 

    I want to learn what the "system" offers before my children get into the "system" so I attended one of those elementary school programs to which you refer.  Unfortunately, it was so general, superficial and loaded with unexplained jargon and happy talk that it was not helpful.  There was no information on Earned Honors.

    If you believe that my suggestion for ETHS to offer more information to potential future Wildkits and parents makes me a breathless nut, you are way off base.  Sadly, you have provided a less-than-positive image of a Wildkit parent with your flippant, less-than-welcoming attitude.

    I certainly hope that you don't speak for ETHS.  I wish your freshmen much luck in the "system" and that when you have questions and concerns about ETHS, they are addressed with more respect by those at ETHS.

    1. Sorry for the flippancy


      Sorry for the flippancy.  I fear that one word tarnished my entire response and I should be more careful.   More than anything I was trying to relay that the Earned Honors presentations were beneficial.  I would recommend attending again this year and drive questions regarding the EH program.  Our group last year asked pertinent questions and although, yes there was "jargon", there was also plenty of data which demonstrated the success of the EH program.  

      The ETHS website does have valuable information regarding the AP program including a number of "pathways" to the AP program.

      Finally, I emphatically do NOT speak for ETHS, I am a parent.  When there have been questions and concerns, and yes there have been, the faculty has answered them openly and worked to drive positive resolution (and has).   ETHS provides a variety of educational opportunities to the varied population it serves. 

      I might have been a bit defensive about ETHS as I too heard "the buzz" and feel the vocal minority sways opinion.  Every school will have negatives and people will talk about them.  There is an old service industry adage which I like to paraphrase: "there will be 10 complaints for every 1 complement"

      1. No data on program success

        Interesting you say that you have heard Earned Honors program is a success!  Did you watch last board meeting?  The 202 board asked for data and school claims there is none!

        EH is undergoing a study but data not available for 4-5 years!   Don't draw conclusions yet!   And watch out they want to expand program to History sophomore year-make students guinea pigs longer!   Funny how they can claim data is good but not present it.  Can't have it both ways!

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