Tiffin City Schools

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Gifted Services at Columbian High School 

Columbian High School offers a wide range of seated and online Advanced Placement courses where students may be able to earn credit or advanced placement for college.  In May 2015, 70 Tiffin Columbian students took 117 Advanced Placement™ exams through the College Board AP testing program.  Columbian students began preparation early in the school year for these college level tests, by participating in rigorous coursework and activities in one or more of the AP courses offered at Columbian. 

Columbian students continue to out-score Ohio and Global averages for AP exam scores in the successful range (3+).  Students, parents, and AP teachers should be proud of this successful trend in five-year data.

AP exams are graded on a holistic scale.  A score of 3 or higher is considered “success” on the test, where a student may earn college credit for their score.  The College Board website reports that “currently over 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying exam scores,” saving tuition money for incoming college freshmen and their parents.  In many cases, AP scores are more readily transferrable for credit in college, as opposed to College Credit Plus courses taken at other universities. In addition, AP courses appearing on student transcripts signal to college admissions officers that students have taken the most rigorous course Columbian has to offer, giving students an edge in the competitive college admissions process, according to College Board research.

Our AP program continues to gain popularity among Columbian students.  83 students at Columbian will take nearly 160 AP exams in May, 2016. In addition to the seated courses offered at Columbian, several of our students are taking AP as part of our membership in the Virtual High School Collaborative with courses like statistics, macroeconomics, and music theory, being most popular. 

For more information on AP programming at Columbian and how it can help advance your student, please contact Paula Zirm, Gifted Supervisor, at 103 Shepherd Drive, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. 419-447-3358  paula_zirm@tiffincityschools.org

The percentage of students scoring in the success range (3+) on AP exams is far beyond state and national averages.  Our Columbian students continue to do very well on AP exams each year as seen in the blue bar in the image below.


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Tiffin Columbian's AP Test Schedule for 2016
Note - Test dates and times are non-negotiable as dictated by Collegeboard.

Morning 8 AM

Afternoon 12:00 PM

Monday, May 2, 2016

Psychology (35 stud.)

Tuesday, May 3

Spanish Lang (1 student)

Wednesday, May 4

English Lit. & Comp. (15)

Thursday, May 5

Calculus AB & Calc.BC (18)

Friday, May 6

US History (18)

Monday, May 9

Biology (42)

Physics C (1 student)

Tuesday, May 10

United States Gov’t (9)

French Lang. & Culture (1)

Wednesday, May 11

English Language (17)

Macroeconomics (2)

Thursday, May 12

Statistics (2)

Friday, May 13 (2 tests in two separate rooms)

Human Geography (1)

Microeconomics (2)

Bold faced tests are at Lincoln Pre-K, bus loads at 8 (or noon) from Columbian.  All students will bus together with Mrs. Zirm.  No students may drive to the test site.

Italicized tests are at TCS Administration Building (across the parking lot from Columbian).  Students report to secretary there at proper time.

Reminders –NO BOOK BAGS, CELL PHONES, or WATCHES!  Students may only bring a clear water bottle, pens, pencils, and an approved calculator (for some tests.)

AP classes may count as a gifted service for students identified as gifted in that particular content area when a Written Education Plan is on file that dictates the differentiation that will occur for that student and the general education teacher receives high quality professional development in serving gifted students.