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More high school students taking AP classesSubmitted: 09/17/2015
More high school students taking AP classes
Story By Karolina Buczek

EAGLE RIVER - Students at Northland Pines High School can take more Advanced Placement classes this year.

The high school added two new classes last year and two more this year. Now, more students are taking AP classes and AP exams than ever before.


"We had about 270 student sections, and that means it could be the same student taking multiple sections of Advanced Placement," says Principal Jim Brewer  "[In] the 2013-14 school year, we had about 170 [students taking AP classes], so we grew by about 100 student sections in one year. With the addition of Advanced Placement classes came more students taking Advanced Placement, which is what we want. We want students to be taking rigorous and challenging coursework for them."

The high school also created a new program to motivate students to take more challenging classes. The Laude Program gives students the opportunity to graduate with honors.

"They take honors-level classes or Advanced Placement classes or credited classes through Nicolet [College]," Brewer said. "They can get what's known as a laude point. If you accumulate so many laude points, you can graduate summa cum laude."

Many colleges and universities give students credit for college courses if they pass the AP exam, an achievement that can help the student take more advanced courses sooner in college.

"That's not only a benefit to the student but a benefit to the family, if the family is helping to fork out for college," says Brewer. "It truly is a benefit all around."

The school is already considering adding more AP classes in the future.


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