The Benefits of Taking AP Classes in High School Why spend hours doing homework in college, when you could have done it in high school? “The Advanced Placement program has revolutionized high school classrooms around the United States. The program offers rigorous, college-level education to motivated students, and offers the benefit of college credit.” (Mattimore A33). AP classes can be very beneficial to students. These courses reduce the amount of money and time spent in college.
However, the burden of requiring us to make a decision is still unreasonable. It seems as though in addition to the school system, now even parents believe that going straight to college with a career plan is the only option for their kids! Bottom line, there are other ways to have a good life. Making students feel as though these decisions are important is necessary, but we shouldn 't have ridiculous amounts of pressure piled on us to make major life decisions so quickly. I want my years of high school to be filled with exploration and open
They suppose that the people students taking these classes will fail, causing them to retake the course again which wastes time and money. However, any student who wishes to take ACC classes in high school must complete and pass the Texas Success Initiative test, also known as the TSI. The TSI measures the students reading and writing ability, which demonstrates that the student has the ability to do well in college classes. It is then up to the student to be responsible, work hard, earn good grades, and continue in college classes. Anyone in Dual Credit Classes can pass; if the student slacks off and fails, it is their own fault.
Education across America is unequal; there are students who have the resources, opportunities, and teachers by their side to succeed. On the other hand, there are also students who don’t have the teachers that care or the resources that will help them excel. Inevitably, they are doomed to limited opportunities and hope from higher institutions. Colleges and universities that are too meticulous on SAT and ACT scores, are forgetting that a student’s GPA, and the course load they took on, and the awards and recognition they’ve received, says more about them than their SAT or ACT score. Four years of hard work in high school, speaks more volumes than a four hour
Young Mexican teens attending Garfield High School in East Los Angeles have been faced with what seems to be an almost impossible task. Although everybody doubts them their teacher, Mr. Escolanta, has faith that they are ready for AP Calculus. They students thought that he was crazy, but he taught them about the ganas or the desire to do something with their lives and go to college. A place they never even thought of going. Mr. Escolanta (Kimo) had one more favor to ask the board of the school and that was for his students to take the AP exam.
Students with grit and without grit go about handling quite differently these tasks they need to accomplish. They quickly notice that college classes are much harder than the classes they took in high school, and they may not have done as well on the first assignment as they thought they had. What approach do each of them take next? A student with no grit is more likely to accept that the class is going to be hard and that his grade is going to suffer throughout the semester. He may even believe that he has put forth all of the effort that he could give and there is nothing else he could do to fix it.
The idea of some students getting more opportunities because of their class can be seen in the book “Ain’t No Makin It”. In Mcleod’s book, the view of schools as a sorting machine shows us how schools are not a place for equality. We put students into different tracts such as AP and IB, creating a hierarchy or stratifying system (Mcleod). Even though my parents aren’t very wealthy, a private school has put me higher in the stratifying system and pushed me to try hard and get good grades so I could get into a good college. This is another aspect of my life that has been socially constructed as normal.
English 6 CRT persuasive essay It is compelling to say that all high school students should be required to pass an exit exam like the other 24 states that require it but I will be telling you why that is not the best thing to do for the schools and the students. Graduation tests do not promote the knowledge, skills and habits needed for success in college or the real world. According to college professors and employers, high school graduates must be able to analyze conflicting explanations, support arguments with evidence, solve complex problems that have no obvious answer, reach conclusions, conduct research, and engage in the give-and-take of ideas.
AP World History is a class that rises above other history classes by teaching students key world historical events, develops a students global awareness and time management skills. Admittedly, the class assigns one to two hours of homework per night and demands high levels of work which can be too much for some students. However, this gives students the opportunity to work on their time management skills and build work endurance skills. Some students with sports and after school activities may feel intimidated to take the class because of the workload but with strong time management the workload can be completed. For example I myself am a two sport athlete and I was able to manage my time and complete the workload for AP World
As I maneuver through the secondary school application process, it is nice to have our Secondary School Advisor to ask about interviews, shadow days, and other parts of the application. The entirety of the Secondary School process is stressful, and going through it now has made me think more about applying for colleges. I know if I had to go through college applications with no help, it would be much harder. One piece of Northwest 's program that stood out to me was test preparation for SATs/ACTs. It is also great to have assistance choosing the right college based on what you would like to major in and what your grades are.
College admission officers have a tough job when it comes to sorting and reading millions of application essays. Solely based on this student’s essay he would definitely be accepted into my university any day, mostly because in his essay he persuaded a great deal of potential. Having potential in college will just help give the extra push need to be someone greater and acceptable in life. Not to say he isn’t great already, he is and it sounds like he has accomplished many things, but society nowadays require people to have college degrees in order to seem worthy enough. Which isn’t a bad thing because if this person already shows he has the abilities to translate ethic slurs, write award-winning operas, play multiple instruments, and perform
After trying for many years to get better grades with little to no success, I gave up on trying and just accepted whatever grade I ended up with. When I got into middle school and started taking classes like Algebra 1 and Spanish that would count for high school credit, it became very apparent to me that the grades that I get in these classes could very easily affect my high school GPA and my ability to get into a college of my choice. It was this realization that pushed me to further improve myself and my better being. During the seventh grade I got diagnosed with ADHD and started a medication regiment that significantly helped me focus and understand the lessons that my teachers were teaching. All of this was great and my grades did significantly improve, but the cons
Since AP classes are more difficult than standard class I had to put forth my best. AP generally means Advanced Placement. It is a national program that allowed me to take college level courses as a high school student and get college credit for them. In these classes I was taught college-level academic skills. The classes are made up of students with a strong commitment to excellence in learning and problem solving.
Standardized Testing: Making College Admissions “Fair” Every year, the daunting prospect of undergoing standardized testing brings anxiety to thousands of high school students, and for good reason: a student’s performance on standardized college admission exams - most importantly, the ACT and SAT - is a major determinant in deciding where they will go to college. For decades, such standardized tests have been universally accepted as part of the admissions process: proponents argue, as Syverson (2007) explains, that such tests are the only way of standardizing college admissions when students from different schools have such widely varying profiles. However, in the past several decades a growing anti-testing movement has begun to poke holes
McCluney, Zaria Mrs. Behrend AP Seminar 1 December, 2015 Does Intelligence Lead to Success ? Intelligence is a much discussed topic and has many schools and institutions re-examining their methods of teaching as well as the application and selection processes that they implement in colleges. Intelligence is a factor in success but what really matters is a person’stheir drive to succeed. (Opateye, Johnson Ayodele 3) When examining the acceptance system, just having good grades (A’s and B’s) is not enough to get you into a college anymore. Colleges are looking for well rounded students, interested in school life, society, athletics as well as school clubs.