HMS Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement
Promoting Excellence and Equity

Staff:    Eppie Calderon Deputy Director Secondary Instruction/Advance Placement Coordinator
             Scharlotte Johnson, Secondary Instruction/ AP  Secretary
             Truckston McKay, Secondary Math Coordinator
             Melissa Richards-Doss, Secondary Social Studies Coordinator
             Debbie Dean NBCT, Secondary Science Coordinator
             Paula Seeker, Secondary ELA Coordinator
            

Location:    HMS Administrative Office, 1515 E. Sanger Hobbs, NM 88240

Phone:    575 433-0100


About the Hobbs Advanced  Placement Program

Perhaps our greatest challenge is to make sure that our graduates are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace.  Many high school graduates are not prepared.  Research shows that students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams have much higher college graduation rates and carry significantly higher college grade points than their non-AP counterparts.

Our goal is to give as many students as possible the chance to take and successfully complete one or more AP courses.

With 23 AP courses, Hobbs High School has the largest AP program in New Mexico.  In contrast, to many programs who only offer Advanced Placement courses to the “academically elite,"  Hobbs’ AP courses are open to anyone willing to do the work.  We don’t believe in “Gatekeepers".  We have true “open enrollment for all our AP classes.

In a district with high poverty rates and a large percentage of minority students, the Hobbs AP program has received national recognition.  Hobbs High School won the College Board’s prestigious Inspiration Award in 2006, which was accompanied by a $25,000 check.  The Inspiration award is given to only 3 high schools in the country each year in recognition of their outstanding AP programs, their commitment to providing opportunities for all students to participate in rigorous classes, and their commitment to excellence and equity.

For six consecutive years Hobbs High School has been named to the Newsweek Magazine list of the Best High Schools in America.  In 2008 Hobbs High was number 269. There are over 14,000 high schools in the United States.  This award is based solely on Advanced Placement participation and results using a formula devised by education writer and analyst, Jay Matthews.

In 2008, Hobbs High School received the Siemans Award for Advanced Placement in recognition of their leadership in Advanced Placement participation and performance in math and science.

Over half of Hobbs students in grades seven through twelve participate in AP and Pre-AP classes.  Last year 498 students took 897 AP exams.  This year 16.6% of graduating seniors had at least one qualifying score on an AP exam,  almost twice the New Mexico average and higher than both the Texas average and the National average.

AP students can earn college credits based on their exam scores and Hobbs students can earn extra cash as well.  Our student incentive program rewards students with cash for qualifying scores of 3, 4, or 5.  Students who earn four scores of four also win a $2000 computer.  At our annual AP banquet over $30,000 in checks are given to students.

“Despite a variety of complex challenges, the (Inspiration Award –winning) high schools have set remarkably high expectations for their students and have provided the support and encouragement that is needed for their ultimate success,”  College Board President Gaston Caperton said when he visited Hobbs.  New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, attended the Inspiration Award Ceremony in Hobbs and points to the Hobbs AP Program as a model for other high schools in New Mexico.

In order to insure student success in AP courses, the school district has implemented the Core Knowledge Program in all elementary schools to help level the playing field for under prepared students.  Pre-Advanced Placement courses are offered in junior high and are required in Math and English Language Arts in grades seven and eight.

Advanced Placement is part of the culture at Hobbs High. “The stereotypes have vanished and it’s not just the nerdy kids in AP classes anymore,” 2006 Student Body President Megan Munoz said.  ‘When I walk into class, there are football players, band members, track stars, and cheerleaders.  I think it’s safe to say Hobbs High School exemplifies an equal opportunity learning environment.”

Advanced Placement Courses Offered at Hobbs High School
Government and Politics                                        Computer Science
Spanish                                   Statistics                 Calculus AB
Calculus BC                            English Literature    US History
European History                    Biology                    Studio Art (3 Courses)
Music Theory                          Physics B                 Physics C
Environmental Science           Chemistry                English Language and Literature
World History                         Microeconomics      Human Geography (Freshman High)
Psychology

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