College is costly and anything from a scholarship to a grant can benefit a student greatly. Another method is spending less than a few hundred dollars for college level classes while still in high school.
Advanced Placement (AP) classes provide an academic opportunity to those students in secondary school who are determined to get a head start in completing the prerequisites of college. With the economy not doing well these last couple of years, saving money by taking AP courses does sound appealing to many, but is it truly for everyone?
Frequently seniors and juniors enroll in AP courses, not only to receive college credit, but to also improve their applications to notable universities. However, some sophomores are eligible to take AP such as Romana Pilepich (‘14) who is currently taking AP Chemistry and AP Calculus BC.
“I take AP courses to academically challenge myself,” she explains. “It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth taking if you can handle the workload.”
Bethel High School also offers AP courses for students who want to pursue major in fine arts. Hannah Bjornson (’12) is taking AP Studio Art, AP Art History and AP Music Theory.
She replies, “It’s beneficial as it saves me money in college, but I also take them because I really enjoy art and music to the extent of wanting to work towards making it a career someday.”
Advanced Placement is a step above a high school honors class because not only is it a fast-paced course with numerous deadlines, but it requires students to take a national test created by the College Board. Everything the student learns in their AP course is on the test, so being attentive and progressive is crucial.
Although AP sounds intimidating, the reward is worth it when it saves you much time and money in college. They are difficult courses, but motivation in wanting to score a four or above on the AP test and dedication to strive for academic excellence will get a student far in life.