College & Career Center AP Exam Test Prep Materials

Exam Prep Books

As we inch closer to the end of the school year, AP testing is drawing near. Has your student started studying yet? AP exams begin on Monday, May 7th!

Did you know that our College & Career Center (CCC) in the Guidance Office has several AP exam test prep books (Barron’s, Princeton Review, Crash Course, 5 Steps to a 5, Kaplan) available for check out? We also have Barron’s and Kaplan flash cards, which are fantastic, and provide a different method for learning the material. 

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AP Exam Volunteers Needed

AP Exams

AP exam testing is right around the corner – Monday, May 7th through Friday, May 18th. Did you realize that duPont Manual administers over 3,200 exams during this two week time frame? MANY adults are needed, since for each exam, there is a certain ratio of volunteers to students that must be met. If we do not have enough parent volunteers, the school must use funds needed elsewhere to pay additional people to come in and help. Please consider signing up to proctor one or two exams. No experience is necessary.

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Inside Tips On Highly Selective College Application Essays

Ryne Cannon, U Chicago

Ryne Cannon, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago, provided valuable insight into the role of essays in college applications at College 101 Night. Mr. Cannon talked about the Personal Statement essay (required on the Common Application, so it goes to all colleges using the Common App) and the Supplemental essay (required by some colleges, so specific to that school). He explained the objective of each and provided advice.

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New Engineering Pathway Program To Be Offered


A new engineering elective will be available with the 2018-2019 academic year. A 4-year pathway program will expose students to engineering and prepare them for engineering and technology courses in college. The elective courses will provide students with hands-on projects in engineering design, mechanics, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing, civil construction and design, alternative energy, bioengineering, and aerospace engineering.

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Louisville Academy Information Session

Louisville Academy is a partnership of dMHS and the University of Louisville that enables Manual students to attend a half day at high school and the other half day at college. An information session will be held 2/26 in the Manual Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. to share information about the requirements, the application process and deadlines. 

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Seniors: Now is the time to apply for PTSA Scholarships

Did you know that the duPont Manual PTSA awards several scholarships each May? This year, up to four one-time gifts of $600 each will be awarded to seniors who are continuing their education at the college level. To be eligible for these scholarships, please complete the application here. The deadline is March 16, 2018 and recipients will be notified in May 2018. 

Additionally, up to one No Barriers scholarship will be awarded by the PTSA to a Senior in the ECE program. This one-time $600 award may be used for continuing education, vocational training, or steps toward independent living. The application deadline is also March 16, 2018. For more information and the application, please contact the ECE teachers.

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Spotlight: Manual Achievement Center


The Learning Lab and AEMS programs have been combined into a state of the art facility called the Manual Achievement Center (MAC). MAC will be REPLACING both AEMS and the Learning Lab, which will no longer exist.

The mission of the MAC is:

Fostering the study skills and personal success habits that enhance learning and encourage the highest level of scholarship. Providing highly qualified teachers who assist students in reaching mutually established goals. Supporting students in achieving College and Career Readiness through individualized instruction, mentoring, and peer tutoring.

Some of the benefits are:

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CCC Spotlight: College Rep Visits

Manual’s College & Career Center – also known as the CCC – is hopping these days. Did you know that during the months of September and October we will have over 100 colleges visit our school? College representatives from large and small schools, public and private, across the United States, visit Manual each year hoping to attract our students to their universities. It is a fabulous way for our kids, particularly our juniors and seniors, to connect with admission reps – ask questions, learn about their campus, inquire about scholarships and financial opportunities, etc. We already have schools like Yale, Duke, USC, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, UK, and WKU scheduled to visit. Interested in the Military? U.S. Naval Academy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army personnel typically pop by too. Check out the CCC calendar to see when your favorite college will be here. 

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AP Testing Proctors Needed


Ms. Leslie, one of our Guidance Counselors, is looking for volunteers to monitor and assist with AP Exams, May 1-12. Volunteers will be checking student IDs and seats, circulate the room to monitor and distribute additional items (replacement pencils, tissues, etc.), as well as collect and organize materials upon completion. Volunteers may also be asked to sit at the door to insure that other students do not enter the testing area. Testing may take place in the large gym with several hundred students, in rooms with 5 to 50 kids, or offsite at the Kentucky Expo Ctr Southwing fairgrounds (APHG). Please sign up here to volunteer for one or more exam slots if possible. Wear comfortable (and quiet) shoes and dress warmly, as some rooms are quite chilly.

** Please do NOT sign up for a test that your child will be taking.**

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Scholarships and Opportunities: Week of February 27

Pratt Institute 2017 Summer PreCollege Program in Art

The Pratt Institute 2017 Summer PreCollege Program provides high school students with rigorous college level art, design and creative thinking courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings. Classes are taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. Participating students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the possibility of studying art, design, architecture, creative writing, or critical and visual studies at the college level.
  • Confirm that this is the subject you want to study in college.
  • Develop your skills through college-level coursework, using a variety of tools, materials, and techniques.
  • Develop a body of work for your portfolio for admission to college.
  • Meet other students who share your interests.
  • Get a preview of the college experience.

Click here for more information and to download application materials.

The Wooldridge Family Scholarship

This scholarship, valued at $250, is a one-time gift given to a duPont Manual/ YPAS graduating senior who will be attending a Christian University, Christian College or pursuing the ministry. The scholarship is in honor of Donald C. Wooldridge (Class of 1952) and presented by Larry A. Wooldridge (Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal 2002-2013), Denise Wooldridge, Ian Wooldridge (Class of 2011), Andy Wooldridge (Class of 2012), and Riley Wooldridge. Interested applicants must submit a resume and an essay of 250 words or less detailing why they are attending a Christian school or pursuing the ministry. A committee will select an annual recipient and the award will be presented at the annual “duPont Manual Senior Award Night.”

Please submit your essay and resume to Mr. Robinson no later than the close of school on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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