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Akins High School offers a wide variety of advanced academic courses, including Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Dual Enrollment. These courses are rigorous and meant to challenge our students, permit them to explore their areas of strength, and prepare them for their post-secondary goals.
 
 
 
 

         Advanced Academics at Akins High School

 

 

 

Pre-Advanced Placement: Pre-Advanced Placement courses are meant for students who excel in that content area, and who are planning on taking Advanced Placement or other college credit courses (such as dual credit and UT OnRamps dual enrollment) either concurrently with Pre-Advanced Placement courses or in subsequent years.

 

Pre-Advanced courses offered on the Akins campus include:

English I Pre-AP

English II Pre-AP

Algebra I Pre-AP

Geometry Pre-AP

Algebra II Pre-AP

Pre-Calculus Pre-AP

Biology Pre-AP

Chemistry Pre-AP

Physics Pre-AP

World Geography Pre-AP

World History Pre-AP

 

All Pre-AP students must sign a course contract.

 

For general information about Pre-Advanced Placement courses, please contact Christine Kesling, College Readiness Counselor, at christine.kesling@austinisd.org

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Placement: Advanced Placement courses are meant for students who are seeking to earn credit for college through a score of 3 or higher on the AP exams associated with each course, and who have taken the pre-AP courses that lead up to the AP course, or are students who have excelled in that content area in a regular course.

 

Pre-Requisite:  Advanced Placement (and Pre-AP) courses are open enrollment.  Students should be prepared to work at a college level and to spend time studying/completing assignments outside of the classroom.

 

                Teachers to see for more information:

                AP Physics I and C – Mr. Mihai Avram (room 160)

 

    AP US History – Ms. Jean Baeslack (room 412) OR Mr. Cullen Haskins (room 169)

 

                AP US Government – Ms. Jean Baeslack (room 412) OR Mr. Henry Perez (room 414)

 

                AP Macro Economics – Mr. Henry Perez (room 414)

 

                AP English Literature and Composition – Ms. Forde (room 247) OR Mr. Williams (room 408)

 

                AP Environmental Science – Ms. Ashley Gahan (room 126)

 

                AP French Language & Culture – Ms. Gina Garcia (room 308)

 

                AP Studio Art, AP 2-D and 3-D Design – Ms. Vivian Holland-Medina (room 103)

 

     AP English Language & Composition – Mr. Brian Lancaster (room 273) OR Ms. Rebecca Redland-Sturzl (room 113)

 

                AP Psychology – Ms. Misty Lindsey (room 315)

 

                AP Biology – Ms. Angela Lux (room 216)

 

                AP Calculus AB and BC – Ms. Natalee Peterson (room 279)

 

                AP Computer Science – Ms. Elizabeth Phillips (room 174)

 

                AP Human Geography – Ms. Maribel Ramos (room 236)

 

                AP Spanish Language & Culture – Ms. Audrey Saldana (room 318)

 

                AP Spanish Literature – Ms. Audrey Saldana (room 318)

 

                AP Chemistry – Mr. Derrick Tucker (room 276)

 

                AP Music Theory – Ms. Cathy Ballard (room 107)

 

How to sign up for course:  Indicate on your choice sheet that you want to be in this course or see Ms. Kesling.  Students will not be placed in course until they have signed an AP course contract.

                               

 

 

 

 

UT OnRamps: OnRamps courses are meant primarily for students who do well in the regular classroom in a specific content area, but have not previously taken a college level course (such as AP or dual credit) and want to experience a college level course.  Students who have previously taken an advanced academic course might also take an OnRamps course when there is no equivalent AP or dual credit course on our campus. Students should be prepared to work at a college level and to spend time studying/completing assignments outside of the classroom.

               

OnRamps Statistics

                                Pre-Requisites: Algebra I (required), Geometry and Algebra II (preferred)

                                Teacher to see for more information: Mr. Christopher Aguilar (Room 409)

          High school credit: 4th year Math (Independent Study in Math; weighted) or elective credit if student already has             their four math credits (weighted)

                               College Credit: MATH1342 Statistics

         How to sign-up for course: choose on choice sheet or see Ms. Kesling.  Students will not be placed in course                  until they have signed an OnRamps course contract.

 

                OnRamps Pre-Calculus

          Pre-Requisites: Algebra II

                               Teacher to see for more information: Ms. Elise Briseno (Room 212)

          High School credit: 4th year Math (after Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) (weighted) or elective credit if student           already has their four math credits (weighted)

                               College Credit: MATH2312 Pre-Caclulus

          How to sign-up for course: choose on choice sheet or see Ms. Kesling.  Students will not be placed in course until           they have signed an OnRamps course contract.

 

                OnRamps Rhetoric of American Identity

                               Pre-Requisites: English I and English II

                               Teacher to see for more information: Ms. Ebone Zamarron (Room 114)

                               High School Credit: English III (weighted)

                               College Credit: ENGL 1301 English Composition I and ENGL1302 English Composition II

         How to sign-up for course: choose on choice sheet or see Ms. Kesling.  Students will not be placed in course                  until they have signed an OnRamps course contract.

 

OnRamps Earth, Wind, and Fire

                               Pre-Requisites: Biology and Chemistry

                               Teacher to see for more information: Mr. Matt Stricklen (Room 220)

                               High School Credit: Earth & Space Science (4th year science credit; weighted)

                               College Credit: GEOL302E

         How to sign-up for course: choose on choice sheet or see Ms. Kesling.  Student will not be placed in course until            they have signed an OnRamps course contract.

 

                OnRamps Computer Science

                               Pre-Requisites: Algebra I and credit for, or concurrent enrollment in, Algebra II

                               Teacher to see for more information: Ms. Elizabeth Phillips (Room 174)

                               High School credit: Elective credit (Computer Science)

                               College Credit: CS302 Computer Science

         How to sign-up for course: choose on choice sheet or see Ms. Kesling.  Student will not be placed in course until            they have signed an OnRamps course contract.

 

                OnRamps United States History

                               Prerequisite: English II credit OR concurrently in English II

                               Teacher to see for more information:  Mr. Rich Kelly (Room 415)

                               High School credit: U.S. History (weighted)

                               College Credit: HIST1302 United States History II

         How to sign-up for course: choose on choice sheet or see Ms. Kesling.  Student will not be placed in course until            they have signed an OnRamps course contract.

 

 

 

Dual Credit: Dual Credit courses are meant for students who have already shown college readiness through either the TSI, SAT or ACT OR who have a temporary college readiness waiver based on their English II EOC score of 4000+, and who wish to take college courses for either both college and high school credit (“dual” credit) or courses just for college credit, to cut down on the time and money they will need for a college degree.  Students should be prepared to work at a college level and to spend time studying/completing assignments outside of the classroom.

               

Dual Credit Speech (taught on the Akins campus)

Pre-Requisite: College Readiness in Reading & Writing, as shown on the TSI, SAT, or ACT or have a college readiness score waiver (only good while in high school) from an English II STAAR EOC score of 4000+.

Teacher to see for more information: Mr. Jesus Valles-Morales (Room 211)

                      High School credit: Speech

                      College Credit: SPCH1311 Intro to Speech Communication

How to sign up for course: See Ms. Kesling to work through the dual credit application steps and to enroll.  Indicate on your choice sheet that you want to be in this course.  Student will not be placed in course until they have signed a dual credit course contract.

 

 

 

                Dual Credit Effective Learning: Keys to College Success (taught on the Akins Campus)

Pre-Requisite: College Readiness in Reading & Writing, as shown on the TSI, SAT, or ACT or have a college readiness score waiver (only good while in high school) from an English II STAAR EOC score of 4000+.

Teacher to see for more information: Mr. Christopher Aguilar (Room 409)

                      High School credit: College Readiness (elective)

College Credit: EDU1300 Effective Learning: Keys to College Success (this course is required of every new ACC student that enrolls after high school with less than 12 credit hours)

How to sign up for course: See Ms. Kesling to work through the dual credit application steps and to enroll.  Indicate on your choice sheet that you want to be in this course.  Student will not be placed in course until they have signed a dual credit course contract.

 

 

Dual Credit English Composition I (fall) and English Composition II (spring) (taught on the Akins Campus)

                     Pre-Requisite: College Readiness in Reading & Writing, as shown on the TSI, SAT, or ACT or have a college readiness                        score waiver (only good while in high school) from the English II STAAR EOC score of 4000+, AND high school credit for                        English I and II

                     Teacher to see for more information: Mr. Beau Hulgan (Room 321)

                     High School credit: English 3 and English 4*

                     College Credit: ENGL1301 and ENGL1302 (*when paired with British Literature – offered on campus 2017-2018 – these                        courses give students their college English credit as well as their English 3 and 4 high school credit).  If a student enrolls                        in ENGL1301, they must also take ENGL1302 the next semester.

                     How to sign up for course: See Ms. Kesling to work through the dual credit application steps and to enroll.  Indicate on                        your choice sheet that you want to be in this course.  Student will not be placed in course until they have signed a dual                            credit course contract.

 

 

Students can also take a wide variety of dual credit or co-enrollment courses on any ACC campus, if they show college readiness in Reading & Writing, as shown on the TSI, SAT, or ACT or have a college readiness score waiver (only good while in high school) from the English II STAAR EOC score of 4000+.  For more information on ACC dual credit, please visit: https://sites.google.com/a/austinisd.org/ssig/dual-credit-courses-for-acc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Christine Kesling  01/2017