By Eli Lanehart
It is now the second marking period at Red Lion Area Senior High School. The Homecoming frenzy is over, halloween made its mark, and everyone has acclimated to their classes for this school year. Now, students need to think about next year.
“We are looking for every opportunity to allow kids to get college credits here at the high school or at least get prepared for college curriculum,” said Ms. Megan Axe; Head of the Social Studies Department at Red Lion.
These courses that permit college credits and preparation are called AP courses, which stands for Advanced Placement. Students that take these courses and if they successfully take the AP test receiving an appropriate score, will gain college credit and may be exempt from college courses.
Four AP social studies courses are being offered next year: AP US History, AP European History, AP Government, and AP Psychology, new this year. Students keep selecting these courses from year to year. AP courses would be weighted as a 1.3 at Red Lion.
“For history, the typical workload is a lot of reading. You are given a text book and you are required to read that textbook. You have to plan your workload; planning what you need to read when, so that you are able to get all of the information that you can,” said senior Vanessa Fickes; a student who has taken AP US History, AP Government, and AP European History.
These classes are known to be much higher in difficulty than an honors or college prep level course. Since the classes are used for credits for colleges, they are a college-style difficulty by nature. This difficulty may influence students to potentially turn away from these courses.
College classes usually range from $500-$1,000 and using an AP course to replace a college course will make college significantly less expensive. The AP test costs roughly $82 and can fill up to six credits per test depending on a student’s score. This fact is providing much more encouragement for students to take these courses.