AP Classes Equate to College Credits

Coldwater Community Schools is ensuring that its graduates are as prepared as they can be for college and beyond.  In order to encourage the students to push beyond their limits, we continue to increase the Advanced Placement (AP) classes that are being offered.

Currently, the district is offering European History, U.S. History, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Calculus, English Language (every other year), and English Literature (every other year). These classes allow our students to show mastery in the discipline.

In May, the students will take a national standardized test that will determine their level of proficiency. Scores range from 1-5, with five being the highest. A score of three is considered passing, and most colleges will allow a student to earn college credit in the entry level class of that discipline. For example, in AP U.S. Government, if a student scores a three, they can bypass and earn three credits for an introductory U.S. Government class in most colleges. Some colleges require a four or five score to earn credit. CHS graduates have earned as many as 30 college credits that were accepted by colleges throughout the country.

Over the last five years, CHS students have passed well over 100 AP exams. The number of students taking the AP exams has increased from 88 students in 2011 to 118 students in 2015. The number of exams taken by those students has also increased each year from 150 exams in 2011 to 242 exams in 2015.

In addition, the number of students who have earned a score of three or more on those exams, has increased from 48 in 2011 to a high of 76 in 2014. AP tests are standardized in 22 different academic disciplines.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the College Board, the national organization that annually produces AP tests throughout the United States and world, recognized 35 CHS students as AP Scholars for receiving a score of three or higher on three or more exams. The College Board also recognized five AP Scholars with Honor for receiving an average score of 3.25 on four or more exams.

At Coldwater High School, we are honored to have AP teacher Brian Stevens as a consultant to the College Board for AP testing.  He has done work for the Board in 22 states, providing insight on the value and benefits of AP testing for all students. Coldwater Schools continues to provide outstanding opportunities for our advanced students.

In conjunction with Oakland University, Coldwater High School will be opening its doors in the summer to host an Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) for teachers all over the country, with special focus on teachers in the Midwest.

Providing advanced placement classes in our district is just another way that Coldwater Community Schools is fulfilling its mission to provide a supportive and challenging learning environment where every student is prepared to succeed in a global community.

Terry Boguth is the Superintendent of Coldwater Community Schools.  She can be reached by email at bogutht@ccscards.org or by calling 517-279-5910. Please also find information for Coldwater Community Schools on the school’s website at www.coldwaterschools.org.