We take a look at the various ways high school students can get a leg up on higher education while they are still in high school.
While most students anticipate summer break as a time to let down and recharge, others spend the summer months planning ways to get ahead during the next academic year. For those over-achievers, there are many options to choose from, between summer school opportunities and accelerated programs once the regular school year rolls around. If you are a student looking for fast-track opportunities, or a parent of one of those ambitious students, we have the tips you are looking for to get a step up on the high school years.
This tried and true program offers high-pressure demands and challenges comparable to a college-level course. So why undertake Advanced Placement
classes in high school? According to the Princeton Review
, Advanced Placement, also known as AP, offers a myriad of benefits to high school students, including:
- The ability to pick and choose the subjects for acceleration
- The chance to impress prospective colleges
- The opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school
Currently, there are more than 30 AP subjects available, although the options may vary from high school to high school. If you excel at writing, an AP English course may be the perfect choice. Math gurus may prefer an AP math class, while aspiring scientists can find AP courses in biology, chemistry or physics. Even history buffs will find a variety of options in AP world and American history, government or other classes.
Advanced Placement courses offer the ability to take an exam near the end of the school year. Students