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Hunter Grogan, Staff Reporter

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Almost every high school student at Green Mountain has been read the spiel on advanced placement (AP) classes a thousand times. AP classes will help you pay less for college. You’ll be able to fulfill your college credit requirements earlier rather than later. But is that really true?

The AP students at this school seem to believe this.

“I’m not worried about my AP credits transferring,” states Taylor Bruener.

Of course, just taking and passing an AP class doesn’t guarantee you college credits. Typically, in order to get any college credits at all from an AP class, one must take the AP exam and score a 3 or better and a variety of Colorado colleges/universities do give out such credit.

According to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, AP credits will almost always transfer to places such as (if a 3 or better was earned on the AP exam) Colorado Mountain College, Colorado State University, throughout the Colorado Community College System, and more. Colleges such as these would often be of high interest to GMHS students.

However, according to Laura Oliver – the 10th grade counselor – some schools might not be so lenient with AP credits.

“Different schools might have different parameters for what they might accept as an AP score,” states Oliver.

The AP score requirements for the School of Mines certainly reflects this as credit is only given if your receive a 4 or a 5 on the AP exam. Earning this sort of score is especially hard in infamously difficult AP classes such as AP Chemistry and AP Calculus BC.

AP credit acceptance often varies wildly depending on the school one might be going to and one’s major, explains Jamie Blackburn, the 11th grade counselor.

Despite all of the confusion surrounding AP credits and classes taking an AP class can be a great advantage, postulates Anna Fryer, who teaches AP United States History and AP Government.

“Rigorous AP classes looks better to colleges than Gen-Ed classes on your transcript,” explains Fryer.

Fryer also goes onto to relate the story of a GMHS student who was able to get into college as a sophomore (even if her credits didn’t exactly fulfill any requirement for the major she was pursuing), who therefore had advantages when signing up for classes.

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