GATE and AP Information 2013-2014
Students and Parents:
Welcome to the Etiwanda High School Advanced Placement and GATE programs. Etiwanda High School offers GATE (Gifted and talented Education) courses for freshman and sophomore students who qualify. We also offer Advanced Placement Courses for juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic ability and desire a more challenging course work. Information for both the GATE Program and AP program is available in the AP/Honors GATE Handbook.
The following are important dates concerning the GATE and Advanced Placement Program at Etiwanda High School during the 2013-2014 Academic year.
- A.P. Night Information Night will be Monday February 10th from 6:30 until 9pm in the gym. An overview of the AP program will be discussed as well as the application process. Attendance is required by students in order to enter AP classes. AP teachers will also be available to discuss their courses and requirements.
- Incoming GATE Freshman Test will be held Saturday February 22nd in the MPR. The Report time is 8 am and concludes at 11:30 am. Eligible incoming freshman students will be notified in January via mail.
- Freshman GATE Information Night will be held Monday March 10th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the GYM. An overview of the program will be presented as well as an opportunity to meet some of the Freshman Honors teachers. Sign ups for group interviews will also take place. Attendance is mandatory.
- Make up testing for GATE is limited. I will offer a make up date for testing in April (date to be announced) and one in July at the district offices. Dates will be posted here in advance.
Dates and times are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts caused by changes in the CIF schedule. Every effort has been made to prevent conflicts based off the CIF information we have received as of 7/30/13. Any changes to time and location will be posted on this page.
If you have any questions about the either the Advanced Placement or the GATE program at Etiwanda High School please feel free to contact me at Brian_Dinkelman@cjuhsd.net.
Summer Reading List for Advanced Placement and Honors/GATE
Teachers in the Honors/AP program advocate year-round reading both for pleasure and for improvement of vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Voracious readers become top scholars. To this end, we urge students to read widely, both fiction and non-fiction. Many students choose to read all the selections on their Summer Reading lists.
Summer Before Grade Nine
Students are to read:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Required) and read at least one of the following:
- Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent- Julia Alvarez
- Bless Me Ultima- Rudolpho Anaya
- Rain of Gold- Victor Villaseñor
- China Boy- Gus Lee
- Nectar in a Sieve-Kamala Markandaya
Summer Before Grade Ten
Students are to read:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and at least one of the following:
- A Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Snow- Orhan Pamuk
- The Firebrand- Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The Once and Future King- T.H. White
- Wild Swans- Jung Chang
Summer Before Grade Eleven (AP English III)
Students are to read either Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or Walden – Henry David Thoreau and read and at least one of the following works:Woman Warrior- Maxine Hong Kingston
- House Made of Dawn- N. Scott Momaday
- No No Boy- John Okada
- Beloved- Toni Morrison
- Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father- Richard Rodriguez
Summer Before Grade Twelve (AP English IV)
Students are to read Hamlet-William Shakespeare and watch the film version (starring Mel Gibson) and read at least one of the following works:
- The Remains of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
- Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
Students enrolled in A.P. U.S. History are strongly encouraged to read the first 6 chapters in the textbook The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey. The library will check out the textbook to A.P. U.S. History students for the summer. Students may also purchase the textbook on-line or sometimes the Chaffey Community College bookstore has used available copies. Any edition of the textbook is acceptable; there is very little change in the various editions. The advantage of purchasing a textbook is that students can highlight and take notes in their text.