Wakonda High offers AP classes by Ally Eckert Several Wakonda High School students this year are taking Advanced Placement or AP classes which are actually college level courses. Students who take them and pass get credit for both college and high school.
In Wakonda, the classes are taken via the Internet on a site called Apex Virtual School. Here students enroll in a class and get assignments from a teacher that may be in another state. They also take the class with students from other states. In Wakonda there are quite a few classes to choose from.
These classes include biology, calculus AB, chemistry, English language and composition, English literature and composition, French, physics B, Spanish, statistics, and U.S. history. They are all two semester classes.
Apex also provides one semester classes which include government and politics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and psychology. For more information on the classes go to www.apexlearning.com.
In May, students can take the national AP exam which tests whether or not the credits will count for college. The test costs $70 which is reimbursed by Wakonda School if the student receives a score of 3 or higher which is passing.
The school also provides textbooks for their students.
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This is a major advantage to taking these classes, the cost of the class and the textbooks.
This can be a problem though if the student doesn't pass with a 70 percent or higher seeing as they would have to pay for the class which is a minimum of $400.
When taking classes with Apex Virtual School they need a mentor at their school. At Wakonda, Mrs. Knudson is the students' mentor this year, since there are only a few.
This year there are three students that are taking some of these classes. There are seniors Jason Holoch, taking microeconomics, and Rachel Bentaas, who is taking English language and composition. There is one junior in an AP class, Ally Eckert, who is taking U.S. history.
When asked if she thought that AP classes were a lot harder than regular high school classes Bentaas said, "At some points. You have to be very independent, and for me that's hard, but for others, if you try hard you will be fine."
Bentaas and Eckert share the same reason for choosing to take an AP class, they both wanted to get a taste of what college and its work load would be like. All three students agree the workload is at least two or three times as hard as regular high school classes.