Secondary Division Admissions Process

Admissions Guidelines

May 6th graders apply to the Secondary Division?

Our Elementary Division offers courses for 6th graders. New ATDP applicants who will be completing 6th grade in 2014 are not eligible for the Secondary Division. Returning ED students who will be completing 6th grade are eligible to apply for The Writing Process, Elements of Web Design, and Foundations of Algebra in the Secondary Division.

ATDP’s goal is to select students who will benefit from the challenging course offerings as well as succeed in this fast-paced program. Students are eligible to attend ATDP’s Secondary Division once they complete grade 7, and they can apply each summer through the completion of grade 11. Students become ineligible for ATDP when they complete grade 12.

On average, admitted students have scored in the advanced range on the California Standards Test (CST) or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized achievement test in both mathematics and English Language Arts or reading.  Additionally, ATDP students tend to earn an overall academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale. Please remember that these are not hard-and-fast selection criteria, but rather general guidelines. Designation as “gifted” at your home school is not required for admission to ATDP. Students with report card marks of “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement” in conduct or citizenship are not eligible for the program.

Applying for Secondary Division Math Courses

Is it a good idea for me to take a math course at ATDP when I’m planning to repeat the same course for credit next year back at my school?

No, and we strongly recommend against doing so. It usually is not in a student’s best interest to repeat the same material twice. The student’s time and effort are better spent pursuing a different course.

I didn’t learn as much as I would have liked in my math class this year. Can I repeat a math class at ATDP that I have already taken at my regular school?

No, we do not allow ATDP students to repeat math classes. Instead, we suggest that you consider taking a math elective for which you have completed the prerequisites or a course in another field of study.

If you are interested in taking an accelerated mathematics course (i.e., Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus), please note the following admissions requirements:

  • You must have a grade of A in your current mathematics class, and a strong academic profile overall;
  • You cannot repeat a math course you have already taken;
  • Your Teacher Recommendation Form must be completed by your current mathematics teacher;
  • You must take and pass the diagnostic examination given on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, 2014.

As noted above, final course placement for all accelerated mathematics courses is contingent upon successful passing of a written diagnostic test. If you are unable to take the test on May 17, the acceptance letter will provide instructions on scheduling a makeup test.

Students who do not pass their placement test remain admitted to the program.We will work with these students to find a more suitable course placement. Please note that these additional admissions requirements pertain to students applying for accelerated mathematics courses only, not for Foundations of Algebra or Introduction to Geometric Thinking. Students in Foundations of Algebra do need to take the diagnostic test on May 17, but their score will have no effect on their final placement.

Placement Decisions

On March 27, 2014, ATDP will mail all Secondary Division applicants a letter informing them whether they have been accepted. Acceptance packets will include your course placement. Students have until Monday, April 28, 2014 to submit their Notification of Attendance or Withdrawal to indicate whether or not they will be attending the summer session.