Letter from Student Services

Student Services Update

2020-21 AP/IB Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees
As part of the FCPS FY 2021 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) test fees. Similar to previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s).

FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form. To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report with their previous tests and current AP/IB course enrollment by mail during the week of October 5th. AP students must make Opt-Out decisions by Friday, October 16th and parents will be billed in December 2020 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests.

AP students who register for an AP exam after November 13th will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board. AP students will have an opportunity to request to cancel an AP exam at no charge by March 1, 2021.

October 29th PSAT’s
On Thursday, October 29, Madison High School eleventh graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. The test is only available to current 11th graders and all other students will have an asynchronous day of school (similar to SAT Day last week). The cost for any eleventh grade student to take this test will be covered by FCPS.
To help the school prepare for testing, students are asked to complete the form below by Friday, October 9. Students must use their @fcpsschools.net email when filling out the form. This form asks about participation in the test, the need or bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test. This intent form has been emailed directly to students’ fcpsschools.net email account.Madison High School: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form  https://forms.gle/cH7ewMwUZ49Ve6xp7 (must be accessed through student’s account)A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT/NMSQT Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42099). Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891). If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at Madison High School, please contact Jen Frate at jlfrate@fcps.edu.

Senior Information
Counselors are currently meeting with all of their seniors as early as they can. Seniors should make sure they have joined and are accessing the 2021 Student Services Classroom in Google. This is where they will find all relevant information regarding college searches, virtual college visits (conducted by Ms. Otto), transcript request procedures and so much more.

Thank you.
Timothy Buckley
Director of Student Services
James Madison High School
703-319-2337