Abilene ISD

Abilene ISD

Achieving Excellence

Countdown To College Summer - PSAT/SAT Prep Course

 
The Advanced Placement Incentive program also includes a PSAT/SAT Prep program. Rising freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to attend the Countdown to College summer program which is a proven PSAT/SAT preparation program created by The Princeton Review. Students may attend one of the 12 day summer sessions offered at no cost to students.
 
Purposes:
  1. Increase PSAT scores of students who will take the PSAT in their junior year
  2. Increase the number of National Merit Scholars in AISD, and/or
  3. Increase opportunities for participants to receive academic college scholarships
 
The Program
Students will attend preparation sessions for three hours a day, Monday – Thursday.
 
Students may attend classes from either 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students will choose only one twelve day session. Classes do not meet on Fridays.
 
All 2016 summer classes will be held at ATEMS High School, 650 E. Highway 80, 325.794.4140.
 
In order for students to participate in the Countdown to College Program, the following criteria must be met:
 
The Princeton Review Summer Program
The student
    • Must be a fulltime AISD student,
    • Must be enrolled in PreAP or AP classes,
    • Must score at least 1000 on the PSAT,
    • Is one of the first 100 students to register after being invited, or
    • Has a written recommendation from a counselor or administrator.
 
The Early Edge Summer Program
The student
    • Must be a fulltime AISD student,
    • Must be enrolled in PreAP or AP classes,
    • Must score at least 1000 on the PSAT,
    • Is one of the first 50 students to register after being invited, or
    • Has a written recommendation from a counselor or administrator.
 
The Princeton Review Zero Period
The student
    • Must be a fulltime AISD student,
    • Must be enrolled in PreAP or AP classes,
    • Must have attended the Princeton Review Summer Program,
    • Is one of the first 25 students to register after being invited, or
    • Has a written recommendation from a counselor.
 
The Countdown to College PSAT Boot Camp
The student
    • Must be a fulltime AISD student,
    • Must be enrolled in PreAP or AP classes,
    • Must have attended the Princeton Review or Early Edge Summer Program,
    • Is one of the first 50 students to register after being invited, or
    • Has a written recommendation from a counselor.
 Countdown To College Schedule 2016
Early Edge Princeton Review
 Session  June 6 - June 23  Session 1  June 6 - June 23
 
 1:00 - 4:00
Monday - Thursday
 
  9:00 - 12:00
Monday - Thursday
 
 9:00 - 12:00
Monday - Thursday
 
 1:00 - 4:00
Monday - Thursday 
     Session 2   July 11 - July 28
     
9:00 - 12:00
Monday - Thursday
     
1:00 - 4:00
Monday - Thursday
 
Rewards of the Program
  • Each student in the program will receive the finest preparation for the PSAT and, thus, the SAT. The instructors in the program have a proven record of student success. Nate Monroe, the summer Countdown to College Program Coordinator, will welcome phone calls or emails from students or parents at any time in order to offer help or answer questions. Instructors in the program will be available before and after class for assistance. All of the instructors are very committed to each student reaching his or her potential.
  • Students who attend The Princeton Review classes in the summer will also have the opportunity to attend a zero period prep course prior to the administration of the PSAT. On the Saturday prior to the PSAT administration in October, students who have attended the Early Edge or The Princeton Review summer classes will have the opportunity to attend The Princeton Review Boot Camp to further prepare them for the PSAT.
  • Each student will be part of one of the most important and prestigious programs in the Abilene Independent School District. Colleges will be impressed with a student who can put “Participant in AISD’s Countdown to College Program” on his or her college application.
  • Each student who is named a National Merit Commended scholar will receive $500 from AISD as part of AISD’s College Prep Initiative. Each student who is named a National Merit Semifinalist will receive $2000 from AISD as part of the program.
  • Each student who participates in the zero period receives $500 for completing the course.
  • Students receive $100 for passing the AP Exam (a score of 3 or better). Half of their AP Exam fees will be paid, and the other half will be reimbursed if the student passes.
  • Students who participate in the PSAT program receive $2,000 if they are recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist and $500 if they are recognized as a Commended, Hispanic, or Achievement Scholar.
  • AP & PreAP students are eligible to take the PSAT Test free of charge.The PSAT enters students in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Nate Monroe
Countdown To College Coordinator
nathan.monroe@abileneisd.org
325.677.1444 x2108
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