AP World I Parent Letter

  • September 6, 2017

    Dear Parent/Guardian of AP World History Student,

    Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  Your son or daughter is about to embark on a challenging two-year college level survey of World History.  For your student, this will be their first such learning experience. Dauntingly, the course covers the entire span of human history.  I am confident that your child will find the course both rewarding and challenging, as it is a truly unique course.  However, the course can easily become frustrating and overwhelming if it is not approached with the appropriate level of discipline and organization.  Additionally, it is extremely important that your student and I maintain a positive attitude if they are going to benefit from their AP experience.   As parents and guardians you play a key role in your child’s success in the course which is why I hope to keep an open line of communication throughout the year. 

    Throughout the next two years, the length of homework assignments will vary.  However, the reading load is particularly heavy in an AP history course, and keeping up with this reading is the single most important step your child can take to being successful in this course.  In addition, AP classes are extremely demanding and every minute of instructional time is precious.  Please help ensure that your child is in school every day, on-time.  In the event of an absence it is extremely important that students make up the work they missed. 

    Upon completion of the course, students will leave with a comprehensive historical framework and the capacity to compare and contrast the major historical eras. In addition, among the most important skills which students will learn is how to process large amounts of seemingly disparate information.  Students will also greatly improve their essay-writing skills.  In fact, half of the AP World History exam score reflects a student’s essay analysis and writing ability. Therefore, students will learn how to consistently write three different essay types.  Students take the AP World History exam in mid-May of their sophomore year (2019).

    At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, it is my hope and goal that AP World History will prove to be invaluable for your student's later studies and will provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in other AP courses here at Starpoint High School.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Page

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Please discuss this letter with your student, provide both signatures below, and have your student return this portion on Friday, September 8th, 2017.

     

    I have read and understand the commitment involved with my child being in AP World History and am willing to support him/her and the teacher in their efforts.

    ____________________________    ____________________

    Parent Signature                                                  Date

     

     

    I have read and understand the commitment involved with my being in the AP World History.

     

    ____________________________     ____________________

    Student Signature                                                Date