Wednesday, September 22, 2010

College Board Announces 19 Odyssey AP Scholars

   
The Greece Post reports: 19 Odyssey Academy students are getting recognized as AP Scholar Award recipients. Ten students earned the National AP Scholar Award, seven students earned the Scholar with Honor Award and two students earned Scholar with Distinction status.

Anonymous said...

If Odyssey didn't have kids that could afford IB and AP test fees, Odyssey wouldn't be in the "top 100". Interesting isn't it ? Whats up Doc ?   9/21/2010 9:06 PM

SCATS ~~ An astute observation! Those low free & reduced lunch numbers at Odyssey translate into discrimination with an academic AND economic difference ;)

UPDATE ~~ Anonymous said...
My son goes to Arcadia and was also named an AP scholar of distinction. They all don't go to Odyssey!   9/22/2010 5:27 PM

SCATS ~~ Congrats to your son 5:27PM !!  Making it as an AP scholar at a non-school-of-choice-school is harder to accomplish!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

SCATS, Just remember that our fearless D&C reporter refered to what your saying (essentially) as "mendacious boorishness", remember? Just to be clear, the results over at Pinebrook should be seen the same way, discriminatory! Why should my kids, who attend their home school, have a greater ratio of idiots in their classrooms, just so the "chosen" few can attend these other schools? Again, where's the educational benefit to ALL district kids for the expense associated with having these schools?

Anonymous said...

My son goes to Arcadia and was also named an AP scholar of distinction. They all don't go to Odyssey!

SCATS said...

To 4:51PM ~~ We already know there IS NO EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT TO THE DISTRICT.

To 5:27PM ~~ Apparently only certain schools tout their stuff to the press for accolades. Congrats to your son anyway!

Anonymous said...

Possibly the high and middle school of choice needs to brag for marketing to make sure parents are applying there. Arcadia is assured of many students without even trying. It is called compulsory attendance.

SCATS said...

Good point 5:47PM.

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:51, I bet other parents are saying the same thing. Just food for thought for you though....maybe they think YOUR kids is part of the greater ratio of idiots that THEIR kids are subjected to. Be careful how you speak of other people's children.

SCATS said...

To 5:55PM ~~ Oh Puh-leeze! I bet you think your kid never does anything wrong, too ;)

Anonymous said...

Right SCATS - you're clairvoyant now, too? I didn't say or imply that - not even a little bit. Just offering some advice on how one views other children -- I'm sure that contributor would come out swinging if someone insinuated HER (or his) kid was an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Interesting point.

IB exams are over $90.00 per exam. This cuts out the have nots from the haves.

This also got me thinking of the money spent on Odyssey so that it can remain certified as an IB school. (membership dues, registration, teacher training, educational audits & visits)Does anyone know these figures? I suspect that it is a decent sum of money (on top of the cost busing ).

My question is; What is being done, if any thing, to make this expense fair for the other middle and high schools?

SCATS said...

To 9:33PM ~~ I don't have to be clairvoyant. Your attitude says it all.

To 10:10PM ~~ Don't forget that Buckman Hts. & Holmes Rd are also IB schools. Are we paying something extra for that designation too?

SCATS said...

By the way, I'm told that there are some state and/or federal funds available to needy students who want to take these tests. What isn't clear is the criteria for qualifying, how GCSD handles the dissemination of this info and whether or not anyone actually gets the help they need in Greece. It seems to me that such info should be in the Student Handbook/calendar GCSD prints and sends to all students as well as the district's website.

Anonymous said...

I am told by educators that YES there is a cost for IB at Buckman,Holmes Rd. and Odyssey and there is no difference between IB and AP other than PR.

Anonymous said...

International Baccalaureate is program that follows a certain series of courses and exams. AP is advanced placement and can be taken one course then test at a time or many courses depending on the student's interests and abilities. The only expense a school has is to have a teacher assigned to teach the AP class as part of his regular schedule of classes.(The district provides the books not the supplies) If there is one AP class for a teacher and the other classes are regular science for example the district must allow that teacher to have one extra free period during the day for "preparation" according to the contract. So that would be an expense since we lose that teacher for one period per day.
But that may be different for those that volunteered to teach at Odyssey.

Anonymous said...

5:55, I won't even waste time in a typing duel with you, when I SEE the obvious. I speak of what I SEE, while you write of the hypothetical. If my children are seen as idiots for recognized good behavior, along with a strong effort by others, so be it.

SCATS said...

To 10:31AM ~~ you speak with much authority, but I don't believe you know the reality. Regarding AP books, often Greece students must purchase them. This district doesn't have adequate textbooks for many other classes, so why would you think they had books for AP? When AP exams are given, Greece teachers are paid proctoring fees. That's another expense you failed to mention. There may be other expenses that neither of us are aware of ... but we can relish in the fact the BOE thinks this district is so "transparent."

Anonymous said...

FYI all students who have free and reduced lunch status are entitled to 100% fee waivers for both IB and AP tests regardless of school or district. Students do not have to be rish to be in either.

SCATS said...

To 9:27PM ~~ Thank you. That's good info to have. I wonder whether it is ever communicated to those families and if so, when/how? I also think it is possible that some who may need help with IB/AP fees near the end of a school year may not be recipents of free/reduced lunches, possibly due to a late year job loss. So I still think GCSD should put the info out there for EVERYONE's use should the need arise.

Anonymous said...

If the classes are taken to fulfill graduation requirements, even though they are of such a high level, the test should cost the same as the regular district or state exams. That is free to the student. Why should they have to pay to take their exam?
But some students and families may not try for the more rigorous course because they think they will have to pay for the books and supplies and the tests. And the parents may not know about the possible financial assistance. The fee for the test for these high achieving and highly motivated students pales in comparison to the per pupil cost for special education students in this district. Maybe some money should be doled out to those at the upper end of the achievement scores.

SCATS said...

To 11:37PM ~~ I agree!!!!