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By Carly Lester, Staff Writer
This school year at James River High School, more and more teachers are opening up classes to underclassmen that were once only available for upperclassmen. AP Studio Art, for example, has been made available to sophomores this year, and AP Environmental Science is now accepting sophomores as well.
“I really like science and current events, and that class combines those things.” sophomore Cameron Donaldson said.
Some students think that allowing younger students to take a larger variety of classes is a helpful thing, especially if someone is working at a more challenging level than the level of the classes that are offered to them.
“I think it’s awesome because it’s like taking another elective, and in some cases, you may be more advanced, and if you are held to the norm then you can’t advance as quickly.” Donaldson said.
As stated by Donaldson, sometimes someone is too advanced and it is necessary to place that student in a higher level class.
“The art department always wants to see students placed where they will most succeed.” AP Studio Art teacher, Mrs. Wright said.
Last year as a freshman, Sarah Morgan was recommended to take AP Studio Art with Mrs. Wright for the 2014-2015 school year, one of the most advanced art classes available at James River. Morgan was simply too advanced to be put into a lower level class.
When asked why she made a special exception to allow Morgan into her AP class that was strictly for upperclassmen before, Mrs. Wright said:
“She works way beyond her grade and art level and deserved to be in a more challenging class.”
Mrs. Wright also said that this is the first time she has ever let a sophomore into her AP Studio Art class, and it won’t become available to sophomores from now on, unless another exception is made.