Many high school students now enroll in advanced placement classes. The variety of subjects and students have increased immensely. The main goal is to get college credit and save money on classes but there are a plethora of more benefits from taking these classes.
Many students become paranoid on being able to impress the college admission counselors on their applications and having taken an advanced placement class is eye catching and rewarding. It has now become common to take these classes so taking more than once and taking once similar to your major make you seem even more impressive. Taking these classes show that you are able to succeed in difficult classes and that you are prepared for classes similar to ones in college.
Some people wonder if the weight of the stress of an advanced placement course is too much for a student. Of course these classes are more demanding than the regular high school classes but college is going to be quite more challenging as well. These courses are a warm-up for the real thing and may even be the first college credits a student may receive. So either you wait until the first day of a university to know how those classes are going to be or you get a taste of it in high school and be way more prepared and less scared. There are less scares and drop outs with students who have taken advanced placement classes because of the training they have gotten.
College preparation isn’t the only thing that advanced placement classes help with, they also help with the student being able to go into the work force in the future. It gives them important qualities and traits that they will need for any career. They will obtain determination, persistence, goal reaching, and become a good hard worker.
Some advanced courses that are now available are Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, U.S. History, Music Theory, and Latin. They have some courses that are core classes and can take out a required class when going into college. They are some that may follow along with your major and further your path along farther. Some are just interesting and end up valuable to take.
You don’t have to go out of your way to take these classes either. You still go to the same high school and go these classes along with your other classes. The classes will be instructed as if in a college setting and will teach you what is expected of you when you head to college. You realize how much leniency high school teachers have and how the real world contains more independence and reliance on yourself.
We don’t realize right away how important our first twelve years of school are. They are our milestones to our future of making something of ourselves and using our minds for the world. The years k-12 slowly push us out of the nest until we are able to fly. Taking a chance like an advanced placement class only will help us fly even faster and with more grace.