How strict are AP classes

Town Meeting 1/10/2017

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  • AP classes?
    • Removal of the AP class, however, in parts APs stand in the way of the choice of elective subjects;
    • Universities see APs without consideration,
    • 'High Fallutin' tests that take away students' time
    • Disadvantage of individualized learning
    • AP tests are important, but colleges do not see grades so much.
    • Passions about AP classes should not be discussed in a college context
    • If the curriculum is taken away, if the colleges accept credits but the burden is beneficial, the colleges will check to see if you have taken the toughest courses available, and if those courses are taken away the college acceptances are forgiving
    • Away from college, stigma removal is positive, but the scope of options needs to be considered. If someone wants to take stricter courses, taking away APs can hurt them
    • The first AP classes were in the late 1980s; AP courses are a good resource for people looking for expedited study, studies whose courses are not part of the regular curriculum. College style learning; but scale = problem
    • AP courses open up options AND save money for prospective students; AP classes help with timely degrees
    • Sacrificing advanced classes in favor of individualized learning is not worth risk. The aim is to bridge the gap between high school and college despite the stress and emotions associated with AP
    • Problem with people don't take APs for their own pleasure but because of the pressure; Rather, APs must be viewed individually as a whole
    • Students wanted APs, not students; AP classes are positive and teachers don't just have to teach from the test. APs good for learning but other courses could potentially meet these needs; These classes could still use college textbooks and more could be learned from them.
    • Arlington is paying APs for this, but unsure whether they will pay for proposed alternative courses;
    • Asked how transition would go for no APs
    • APs It's not just about college classes, it's also about adapting to the college atmosphere. Strict courses could still be offered
    • Clarification asked: would the AP curriculum be more or less retained with new classes ?;
    • When APs are taken away, the motivation for higher achievements is gone
    • Making decisions for the whole group is risky; if APs and tests are taken away it wouldn't help; Possibility of movement in AP classes is still rigorous, but open to individualistic learning
    • College admissions need to be researched to see how AP classes are viewed by colleges in general.
    • Committee recommendation to investigate
    • Some AP classes are not accepted as college credit.
    • The student-led product is AP for the AP environmental science class, and the positive influence of the class is praised. suggested reforming how hb does APs.
    • Advanced courses instead of APs, but still with a test? The change is only in the name and there would be no point in taking it away from APs ;; Thoughts required in major classes and stick with them
    • Asked if not APs would have the same AP curriculum with the same textbooks and optional test AP classes, reducing the price for colleges and allowing flexibility;
    • Physics and Physics 2 instead of AP? This option would be stricter for those who wish. Possibility of exploration
    • Proposal to the table; then application and vote
    • Vote for movement fails
    • Request to close the loudspeaker list is in progress
    • AP classes don't always help and don't always affect college careers. Money making industry; big financial difference in college selection; Chances taken away because of no APs;
    • real financial problem with APs taken away; 'follow the bliss' and options are welcome
    • Advanced physics and other courses can still be offered without APs and class decisions could be made; possible option
    • Advanced curriculum v. AP curriculum and its proper use; If the selection of the AP is removed, a name change will still change perception
    • Positive response to advanced over AP; Students don't always take AP for good reasons, but it's a personal choice and they can easily drop the class and choose what they want on the course requirements form. Desire for maximum choice in terms of APs
    • If no one wanted AP, it wouldn't exist; Most students choose from APs for college admissions; The label "College Level" is more like advanced, student-oriented classes. AP classes are designed for rigorous work / stress, not college. Quantity trumps quality in AP; Strict = amount in AP's eyes
    • People who want to take AP courses want to pursue interests; better class with the same attitude; if no AP, more individual learning classes, but there are few; Part of the problem may be the teacher, who needs to be confident and creative. Students who know enough about material are not always limited to the teacher. I can't forget people who like the subject and want to study it
    • Even with many APs Passionate, there is inadequacy and stress for APs drives the problem; Problem can be alleviated somewhat with no APs ;; Research is common in college, but only one is given in high school; No APs allow people to complete college-level assignments
    • Working with students in creating courses is a positive prospect, but with APs, curriculum is static; Structure mentioned already exists
    • AP and Advanced are the same; The colleges accept the most intensive classes and there would be little difference. Switches with teachers and students are required, and their attitude of only getting an A is detrimental; Passion and love in the subject are required
    • Interest in alumni who exchange views on AP classes; Worry about trading AP classes with advanced level and that nothing will change. Promising courses prepared by students and teachers
    • Last year conversation about AP or seminar-based art history classes and positive towards the classroom; Sometimes the rigor of teaching is brought about by the teachers, not the curriculum
    • Partly cultural problem, partly structural problem; not in our control to change the structure; it is worth thinking about how GPA is weighed; Stressor from APs one is not passionate
    • If AP switched to Advanced, things would actually change. Teachers could allow more diverse courses without being influenced by the AP curriculum; student classes; state schools will accept half of the HB students without any problems; gradual change with rotation of proposed APs and increase in student-driven learning
    • Culturally it would be difficult to deviate from APs, and it would be better in the eyes of the students to take an AP than not; A student's calling should already be decided and his or her preference should be chosen. College sometimes hinders student choice
    • Concern = AP change with advanced and do not change; Concern = no personalized learning etc .; No question about other high schools, they just want APs and I don't care; hb would still be in competition with other schools as they would not change; When AP classes are taken and not all at once, we are academically (in the eyes of the college) weaker than other high schools. different experience in APs in hb than in Washington-Lee; APs in other high schools are much stricter than in hb; hbs view of APs (already very personal) is very different
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