At the end of the school year, AP art students must have at least 24 pieces photographed and uploaded, while five of either those pieces or additional pieces will be sent to the judging facility. Each student’s portfolio will be given a numerical score 1 – 6, where the student must acquire at least a 3 to receive college credit.
AP art student senior Liz Boch said her own greatest challenge is the amount of time versus the workload. However, Boch is up for the challenge. She said, “Not only is the workload an integral part of growing as an artist, but it helps build my portfolio for getting into art school.”
In a middle ground between the two other classes, AP English Language and Composition is taught by Carrie Brumit and has six students. The class coursework is based on studying rhetorical devices, analyzing texts and creating argumentative and synthesized pieces of writing. Students of this class, on average, complete one to two papers a week. These papers are typically written in response to current events or reading material they have studied in class. The students then share their papers with their peers and provide constructive criticism and ways to improve their language skills.
Also taking place in this class is critical discussion. After students read various pieces on a particular topic, they discuss how the authors effectively or ineffectively presented their ideas and what methods they used to execute them.
“I really like the size of our class,” said junior Sabrina Baker. “It’s small, which is helpful because it allows us to have mature conversations about the texts we read.”
Toward the end of the year, AP students in English Language and Composition will take a test that includes a portion where students must read a text and answer multiple-choice regarding the rhetorical devices utilized, and a portion that includes essay writing responses. These students will also be given a score that determines if they receive college credit.
AP classes undoubtedly present a challenge entirely new to the classrooms of Grand Valley, but the students are clearly up for the challenge. With the success of how these AP classes are faring in the high school, there are plans to implement dual-credit coursework into existing classes.