(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Education says more high school students are taking advance placement courses. Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor Craig Fredin says students are finding that it’s to their advantage to try-out college level work, while still in high school.
“So by advanced placement, what they’re getting at is it’s beyond the High School curriculum,” explained Fredin. “It’s an opportunity for students to take what can translate into college credit courses by taking the course and then passing the AP exam at the end of the year and then they transfer those AP credits to the college which saves them quite a bit of money and some of the required courses they have to take when they’re there.”
Fredin says the on-line A-P Academy can be used by all students across the state of Iowa , and it gives students a chance to take a college level course, that isn’t offered at their school.
“What that consists of is doing the actual AP course curriculum,” said Fredin. “We normally have a mentor in house that’s one of the teachers in that particular department and then the students can test by taking the AP exam at the end of the year and they have the opportunity at that point to earn anywhere from 3 to 5 college credits.”
Fredin says the A-P Academy courses are almost at a college level and he recommends to his students who do take that for example; to have already taken Chemistry or an advanced Chemistry class before they take an A-P Academy class.
“That way they have their best opportunity to score well on the AP exam,” said Fredin.
Atlantic High School teaches several A-P courses in house including; A-P U.S. History, A-P Art Studio, A-P Government, and A-P Comparative Political System, all taught by a certified A-P Instructor.
Iowa Department of Education spokesperson Rosanne Malek says in the class of 2012, nearly 96-hundred students took A-P classes.
September 25, 2012