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Gainesville High to add 2 advanced placement classes
Grants to help offset costs of training teachers
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Advanced placement students at Gainesville High School will have more options next year, thanks to two grants.

According to Sarah Bell, Gainesville Schools' director of academic programs and standards, the school will add calculus BC, the second phase of calculus AB, already offered to the students, and environmental science.

The school received grants from both the College Board and the Georgia Department of Education to help offset costs of training teachers.

"To be able to teach an advanced placement class, teachers have to go through intensive training, so we have four teachers that will be going through several days of training this summer so that we are able to offer our expanded (AP class selection)," said Bell.
Currently, Gainesville High has around 200 AP students, totaling about 13 percent of the enrollment.

The two extra classes will raise the total of AP classes offered to 12.

Bell said the change in the state's accountability system - a shift from Adequate Yearly Progress to the College and Career Readiness Performance Index - really promotes the need for more AP opportunities.

"There is this push to really up the ante and increase the rigor and expectations so students are more prepared," she said.

Under the new accountability system, students' performance on AP exams will count toward the school's report card, or overall rating.

Last year, more than 40 percent of Gainesville High's AP students made a three or higher on the math and science exams. The highest score is a five.


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