Celebrating Advanced Placement Students

In order to encourage more students to enroll in advanced placement classes, Grace King High School and Fisher High School held “academic pep rallies” on September 18 to highlight the Advanced Placement (AP) Initiative, which launched in three Jefferson Parish high schools this year.

Advanced Placement courses offer college-level work and exams to high school students. If students score high enough on the AP exam at the end of the year, they can receive college credit for the course.

Launched in partnership with Mass Insight, the AP initiative in Jefferson Parish aims to increase student enrollment in AP classes and improve student scores on AP tests at Grace King, Fisher, and West Jefferson High School. The initiative includes teacher workshops and training for AP teachers, along with additional help for AP students.

Gary Burdick, assistant director of enrollment services for Mass Insight, said that while the schools recognized their advanced placement students during the pep rallies, they also brought those not enrolled in the program so that students could see success.

Already, Grace King is seeing results from the implementation of the initiative.

“We had 240 students sign up for Advanced Placement course this year compared to the 43 we had last year,” said Sharon Thomas, assistant principal at Grace King.

Grace King also increased the number of AP class offerings from 3 in 2012-13 to 9 classes in 2013-14.

Grace King junior Carlos Salgado offers this advice to his fellow students.

“Challenge yourself. The classes are not that hard, but you actually have to put in the effort. Don’t be scared.”