YES Prep Public Schools
JESSICA JAMANCA

As a committed team member of YES Prep Public Schools, serving as the assessment and academics operations coordinator, I've had the unique privilege to be intricately involved with the Advanced Placement (AP) Summit. This initiative is an annual highlight designed to bolster students' readiness for their AP exams. After four years of YES Prep’s AP Summit, there is a substantial difference for our students that demonstrates why such programs are essential. 

The purpose of the AP Summit 

The AP Summit is not your average school event. It's an intensive review session crafted to help students excel in their AP exams. These sessions are meticulously designed to focus on key exam strategies and critical material reviews. Open to any student enrolled in a district-supported AP course, the summit provides an invaluable opportunity to deepen their understanding and boost their confidence ahead of these challenging assessments. 

My involvement and motivation 

My role involves managing logistics and coordinating various aspects of the summit—a task both challenging and rewarding. I was drawn to this project because of its significant impact on our students' academic journeys. Advanced Placement courses are a rigorous preparation for college, and success in these can translate into college credits, potentially saving thousands of dollars in tuition fees. By facilitating this summit, we aim to equip our students not just to pass but excel in their AP exams. 

The significance of the AP Summit for today's students 

Today's students are increasingly conscious of the importance of education and are eager to seize opportunities that will advance their academic goals. The AP Summit caters precisely to this ambition by providing a platform to master the skills necessary for AP exams. The event is structured to offer more than just academic enrichment—it includes food, swag and a chance to interact in a vibrant educational setting, making learning enjoyable and rewarding. 

Benefiting students 

Participating in the AP Summit has multiple benefits. Students receive tailored review sessions from over 30 dedicated teachers and content leads, enhancing their exam preparedness. They also experience growth by interacting with diverse peers and educators, broadening their educational perspectives and refining their collaborative skills. 

Impacting students and the community 

We hope the AP Summit not only prepares students for their upcoming exams but also inspires them to strive for higher-than-expected scores. The aim is for students to see the value in collaboration, enjoy the learning process and leverage the support the district offers for their academic endeavors. We also anticipate that the positive experiences from the summit will encourage students to enroll in more AP courses and share their experiences with peers, fostering a community of motivated, college-ready scholars. 

Personal reflections on the summit's impact 

Organizing the AP Summit is a deeply fulfilling experience. Observing the students' dedication and joy as they engage with the material and receive their swag is incredibly fulfilling. The long hours and extensive planning that go into this event are worthwhile when we see the direct impact on our students' academic and personal development.  

The YES Prep AP Summit is more than just a preparatory event— it's a pivotal part of our commitment to academic excellence and student success. By providing a supportive and enriching environment, we are helping shape the next generation of scholars, ready to take on the challenges of college and beyond. Programs like the AP Summit are essential in today's educational landscape, ensuring students not only aim for success but achieve it. 

Learn more about YES Prep’s Advanced Placement programming by visiting our website. 

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