Academy for AP classes aids students

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By: Kayla Kirk, Staff Writer

On September 27th and October 4th at Monacan High School, students in Advanced Placement (AP) classes had the opportunity to attend the Chesterfield County AP Academy. These student workshops were designed to teach the students skills that they need in order to be successful in their AP classes.

According to College Board, AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. Since 1955, The AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

“Students should expect Note taking, Organization, Test taking, Reading Comprehension, [and] Instruction on writing,” said Mrs. Castelo, AP World History and AP Human Geography teacher.

Taking AP classes also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges. Those classes also help by adding extra weight on a student’s GPA if he/she does well in the class.

“Expect to learn a ton of information to help you be successful in your advanced course throughout the year” said Mrs. Castelo.

The AP Program currently offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.