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AP Magic?

Want an extra grade boost? Take an AP class! That is exactly what many in this year’s 2017 class have done for the first time. Many CP students have taken this challenge and risen to AP classes. “I wanted to challenge myself,” says a smiling Julia Ha (’17), referencing her reasons for taking AP classes […]

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Want an extra grade boost? Take an AP class! That is exactly what many in this year’s 2017 class have done for the first time. Many CP students have taken this challenge and risen to AP classes.

“I wanted to challenge myself,” says a smiling Julia Ha (’17), referencing her reasons for taking AP classes this school year.

John Encincas (’17)  expressed his excitement for his new AP class with great enthusiasm.

“Let’s get it going!” he exclaimed. “It’s definitely different! You have to really put a lot more thought in your work.”

Mrs. Maureen Wanket, instructor of Mastering the Essay and AP Language & Composition, offered her words of wisdom of her observations of new AP students,

“They tend to be quieter — they have a misconception sometimes that they are not as smart that I have to un-teach them,” she says. “They also tend to have a generally speaking very strong work ethnic. They will come and bulldog until they get the concept.”

Samantha Nuesca (’17) also notices the difference in this new challenging course and says with widened eyes that there is a lot more homework.

Mrs. Wanket gave her professional opinion on the difference between the structures of the course levels,

“AP class has a specific goal in mind; CP classes can be more led by the interest of the student,” she says. “I really want you to come to your own conclusions even if they are different than the ones I’d come to.”

AP classes can seem intimidating with the legendary horror stories from classes past and the daunting AP exams at the end of the year. However, Mrs. Wanket assuringly says that if AP students have confidence in their own skills and they’ll get in there and do it.

‘It’s more about confidence than it is about skill level or ability,” she says. “I think that sometimes kids embue AP with like this magic. That’s not fair I think all of our classes at this school are certainly going to land you eligible for UC and CSU.”

“I just hope CB students continue to take AP for the right reasons because they love the subject and they want to get into it and they are super interested or school is their thing and they love the challenge.”

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