Friday, March 4, 2011

Advanced Placement Night

After work last night, Caleb and I drove down to his high school for Advanced Placement Night. He's already taking honors classes and getting straight As, so both the school and Christene and I feel he would benefit from the AP classes.

The presentation was fairly straight forward. Mr. Reid gave a presentation about what the AP courses are and what students should expect, both out of the class and to put into the class.

Students will likely have a few hours additional work per day and required summer projects. But the benefits, college credits during high school, make it worth while.

After the presentation, Caleb and I visit the tables for the AP classes in which he's initially interested (US History, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus and Physics) to get their descriptions. The program also provided him with a road map of what honors classes he'll need to take prior to each of the classes. Then we sat and read, then discussed, the course descriptions.

From what I read it appears that the AP Physics class would cover a first semester Physics class, AP Chemistry would be Chem 1 & 2, AP Calculus would be a full Calculus program, and AP Biology would cover BIO 1 and most of BIO 2.

He's going to be in a good position to enter university given what's available, with most of his first year courses out of the way via AP classes.