AP Night to inform parents, students on course expectations

To incite participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, there will be an orientation in the Coyote Ballroom on Jan. 28 from 5-8 p.m. to inform parents and students of the curriculum and difficulty of college-level courses.

“The major benefit from taking an AP class is establishing the organizational skills, work habit and work load that you would experience in a college level classroom,” AP World History and Government teacher Mr. Joseph Juliano said.  “The challenge and high expectations of AP classes also bring out the best in students. I really like AP for students who want a challenge, or for those who sit in a class and feel like it’s boring, or they’re not really pushing themselves.”

During the event, current teachers and students enrolled in AP courses will share their experiences and address any inquiries. Students will be educated on what is expected in an AP course, as students are not allowed to drop the course once they are enrolled.

“I wanted to take multiple AP classes to challenge myself,” senior Calida Tam said. “I was also told that colleges tend to look at how students challenge themselves as a part of their acceptance process. Since AP courses are college level classes, they’re a good way to prepare.”

With pre-registration for the next school year beginning in the spring, teachers are responsible for recommending AP courses to students, but students who are not recommended may challenge their teacher’s class recommendations to move up to Honors or AP courses.

“I think every year should have a new challenge,” junior Cynthia Lee said. “For next year, I plan on taking AP classes, like AP Literature and learn things that I would not learn in regular classes.”