The Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) is open to students who are strong academic achievers and/or who show aptitude for one or more of the visual or performing arts. There is an application process held during the fall and winter of each year for entrance into these programs of study for the following school year.
The academic division is a challenging program of study in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies that accelerates students in order to prepare them for college coursework (Advanced Placement) in their final years of high school.
APAC academic courses are offered for grades 4 and 5 at Power APAC Elementary; for grades 6 through 8 at Bailey APAC Middle School; and for grades 9 through 12 at Murrah high school. Transportation is provided to all students admitted to the program.
The minimum criteria for the APAC Academic program are as follows:
- 70th percentile on standardized achievement tests or
- Advanced score on MCT2
- 85-100 average
- Passing score on entry test or work sample
- Passing score on teacher recommendation
To qualify, a student must meet the minimum requirement on each criterion and have a strong score on the combined criteria. To enter the elementary program, a student must qualify for all four subject areas. To enter the secondary program, a student must qualify for two or more subject areas. To remain in the APAC program, students must maintain grades of 85-100.
Participation in the academic division demands a commitment to a sustained rigorous curriculum that pays off in high achievement. Students are expected to complete daily homework, long-term projects, regular writing assignments, and extensive reading assignments during the summer and throughout the school year. In grades 10-12, APAC classes become Advanced Placement (AP), college courses for which the student may earn college credit. Students who earn three or more qualified scores on AP exams are designated as AP Scholars.
--information taken from the Jackson Public Schools web page