2011-04-14 / Letters

AP Classes Have Their Pros And Cons

To The Editor:

I am writing this letter as a concerned parent who wishes someone would have explained to my children and me the pros and cons about AP classes. AP, advanced placement, are classes that a high school student can take in high school, and for a small fee they can take the exam. If they pass the exam, they can transfer the credit to their college of choice. The pros are that it can save the student money on tuition, and the classes are difficult, which teaches the student to study. Now the cons. When applying to a college, most colleges use the cumulative GPA (grade point average) from high school, typically ninth to 11th grade, to base any scholarships and acceptance on. Since AP classes are difficult, they may, more than likely, cause the students GPA to fall. If they take the class in 11th grade, it could, in turn, cause the student’s GPA to fall, thus impacting their scholarship or acceptance to the college of their choice. Since most colleges don’t look at the senior year for college acceptance, it would be the safest grade to take an AP course. But, please keep in mind, that the AP course will more than likely cause the GPA to decrease and may endanger the student’s eligibility to be a member of organizations such as the National Honor Society, and or certain scholarships. It may also cause their class ranking to fall. Now it has been said that colleges recognize that AP classes are difficult, and they will take that in to consideration when reviewing the students’ GPA. Don’t take this chance, it is not guaranteed.

Central Fulton School District is gearing up to offer more AP classes next year. They have stated that they are sending the teachers of these classes to be trained for next year. Before your student chooses to take an A P course, please, do your student and yourself a favor and research the risks involved. If you have any questions about our experiences in this area, or want my opinion if they are worth the risk, feel free to contact me by e-mail, jsmellott@gmail.com. Sometimes the administration does not tell you all the consequences of taking a new program.

Joe Mellott


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