Advantageous AP Classes


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The daunting thought of studying for hours, writing long essays, and answering document-based questions does not appeal to most individuals. Although these practices appear dreadful, numerous students experience these regularly when they decide to enroll in an AP (Advanced Placement) course. 

An AP course is a program provided by countless high schools throughout the nation, including Air Academy. By taking an Advanced Placement class, a student is learning a college-level curriculum in hopes of receiving potential college credit. To achieve college credit, a student must receive a high grade on the AP exam, either a 4 or 5. 

Along with receiving high exam scores, AP classes also supply students with more critical thinking skills. A firm believer in the benefits of AP classes is Air Academy College and Career path counselor Dr. Eric Beers. 

“AP just adds a little more upper-level thinking, a bit more material, and a bit of added pressure to an exam—just like a college class will.  Many of our students say they learned as much (or more) in their AP Classes as they did in their freshman year classes in college,” commented Beers. 

From earning high marks to obtaining more academically proficient learning skills, taking an AP class is greatly beneficial to students. Despite the benefits gained from enduring an AP class, oftentimes students overburden themselves with a challenging workload. Although Beers greatly encourages AAHS students to enroll in an AP class, he advises his students to strive for success by following their interests rather than being influenced by their peers. 

“Yes, I would encourage students to try one or two (we do see sometimes when students try to complete 4 or 5, they can get overwhelmed).  Pick whichever subject you feel strongest in (and also the one you are most interested in studying),” noted Beers. 

Through following one’s initial interest, a student can reduce the potential implications that an AP class can impose. Despite these implications, sophomore Lily Rottenborn highly promotes AP classes, believing they can be advantageous for both academic and personal growth. 

I think as you enroll in more advanced AP classes, more is expected of you, which I think pushes students to improve their overall performance. Also, I think, if you have a good AP teacher, you will be taught some really useful skills that aren’t necessary in regular classes,” stated Rottenborn. 

 In addition to improving academic performance, AP classes also help instill a positive relationship between students and teachers. Rottenborn accredits her academic success to not only her immense drive to shine but also her healthy connection with her teachers. 

“Additionally, many AP teachers are dedicated to their students’ success, and this leads to better relationships between students and their teachers,” exclaimed Rottenborn. 

From acquiring college credits to enhancing an individual’s overall academic performance, taking an AP class is not as intimidating as students presume. With this being said, partaking in an AP class certainly will be demanding academically, but will ultimately strengthen an individual’s high school transcripts and broaden their educational skills moving forward.