这是连续第四年了, Ravenscroft's student-led fundraising team for Crucial Catch has been recognized as the top fundraising school in the nation, 超过了30美元的目标,6美元以上,000, 并再一次赢得了著名的Pink Cleat奖.
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Zoe Welsh的档案照片’5 . AP生物课
对许多高年级学生来说, Ravenscroft’s shift to a distance-learning model in March was a harbinger of things to come: canceled college tours, postponed SATs and a fundamental realignment of what has become a rite of spring for high-performing students across the country: Advanced Placement course reviews and exams.
拉文斯克罗夫特大学的AP课程通常包括多种实践活动, 演讲, 深入的课堂讨论和小组作业. 学生和教师在适应新方法方面所做的工作是, 正如高中校长亚伦·桑德斯特罗姆所说, “impressive.”
“From seamlessly switching class discussions to a virtual platform to preparing students for the new at-home, 考试的在线形式, our teachers made great use of new digital tools from the 大学委员会 to supplement their own lessons and ensure students were prepared for their AP exams,” he said. “这是教师和学生韧性的巨大展示.”
AP考试——在非营利组织的支持下于5月进行 大学委员会 — are typically set up as three-to-four-hour standardized sessions covering months of college-level courses. 就像高考一样, public health restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19 might have led to the tests’ cancellation this year. But the 大学委员会 implemented a new online option that allowed students to showcase their knowledge while the material was still fresh.
我是瑞文斯克罗夫特注册主任黛比·皮洛特, 谁的办公室负责安排AP考试, said, “The 大学委员会 did an amazing job creating new exams and setting it up in a short timetable.”
然而，新的考试形式意味着考试本身的根本变化. Students were now tasked with answering one or two free-response questions in 45 minutes, 限制他们能够展示的内容掌握程度. The elimination of multiple-choice questions meant students might not be able to balance out their results if their responses to the free-response questions were weak. However, the 大学委员会 supplied assurances that the complexity of the questions would allow students to demonstrate their range of knowledge, 他们会因此获得信用.
Pirotte and the 大学咨询 Department had their hands full trying to stay on top of daily changes and provide students with accurate information.
“We were prepared to hit the ground running,” Lia Prugh, Co-Director of 大学咨询, said. “What I’ve heard from parents and students is that they have been appreciative of how much they’ve been able to do at home.”
While a handful of students had technical issues with their online test submissions and had to register for a make-up session, 皮洛特说，大多数学生在6月初就完成了AP考试. 结果预计将于7月中旬公布.
从拉文斯克罗夫特大学AP老师的角度来看, the shift to distance learning — instituted as it was in a time of unparalleled upheaval in the broader community — was a success for their students. But it required teacher and pupil alike to exercise one of the core competencies of 冰球突破豪华版试玩: growth-mindedness.
AP物理老师Lorre Gifford, major changes in the exam’s content and format meant she had to rethink how she used her stockpile of resources, 20多年的教学经验积累.
“However, 我对他们的韧性印象深刻，也很感激, 我的学生在这个过程中表现出的奉献精神和耐心,” she said. “We developed strategies for learning and practicing in the virtual world that allowed for a fairly seamless transition into the online classroom experience and, hopefully, 在AP考试中取得成功.”
“Nothing compares to the classroom when discussing and debating content and making connections between the theoretical and its application,AP政府教师Phil Kantaros说. 但事实证明，在虚拟教室里备考效果惊人. We were able to prepare for the two types of essay questions that constituted the revised 2020 exam. 一路走来, 我更加熟练地使用大学理事会提供的资源, 我利用了YouTube上的评论视频, 我可能不会在课堂上这么做.”
AP European History teacher Mary Beth Immediata said much of the credit for the success of this year’s test preparation belongs to the Ravens themselves.
这篇评论是他们的, 主动权是他们的, the interest, 订婚, their willingness to submit their work for review by the assistant chief reader — something that required that they work ahead in the syllabus — that was all them,” she said. “他们确实拥有自己的学识, 这次大流行只是给了我一个在场外指导和欢呼的机会.”
立即塔不是唯一一个欢呼的人:有两次, 她的AP欧洲学生参加国家的优秀工作, 会议负责人强调了大学理事会批准的在线评论.
As the long-term effects of this extraordinary time in our nation and world continue to play out, 大学咨询团队正在努力确定影响, if any, 国家考试的延迟和变化可能会对大学录取产生影响.
Ravenscroft’s team said the extent to which AP courses will be considered in admission decisions in the future remains to be seen. With more colleges and universities making standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT optional, there may be a greater emphasis on application essays and students’ personal qualities. 根据Prugh的说法, 这种转变可能会促进拉文斯克罗夫特的学生, 谁通常有优秀的写作和沟通技巧. 同时, 他们期望联合国军司令部系统, 其他许多公立大学也是如此, AP成绩3分及以上的学生将继续接受学分吗.
尽管存在不确定性, we tell our students they don’t need to stress too much about circumstances beyond their control,” Prugh said.
对于这个前所未有的远程学习学期, Ravenscroft chose to deliver traditional grades even as other independent schools opted to adopt a pass-fail metric. As a result, the 大学咨询 Office plans to be very clear about what virtual learning looked like at Ravenscroft.
“没有差距，”普鲁格说. “The students were immediately in remote classes with very similar expectations to their on-campus classes. 这将传达给大学.”
AP European History teacher Mary Beth Immediata shared this great news about her students’ work in the national online exam reviews:
The AP Euro kids have been submitting homework practice challenges to AP virtual since we started review and have been excited to receive personalized feedback from the assistant chief reader and this year's DBQ question leader, but then 迪伦·诺拉22届 成了摇滚明星，让他们很高兴.