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Soar Higher With AP4ALL

Tired with the boring school schedule of yours and is looking for ways to spruce up your life and possibly your school transcript? Fred not, Liberty High School is currently offering the AP4ALL program that grants you a free preview of what college looks like.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides students with the opportunity to strive higher by challenging themselves with college-level work. This program is overseen by the College Board which develops the curriculum, creates and administers the exams, providing support for the teachers. A chance to explore and get a taste of college classes will be given to the students while they’re still in high school — and to receive college credit if they receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test. Currently, the AP program offers 38 courses and exams across 24 subject areas.

Since 2018, Liberty High School has been offering students AP courses ranging from only two to:

  • AP Art History
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish
  • AP US History

By enrolling in any of the AP courses, students will unlock a whole new level of high school experience, expanding their horizons and broadening their perspectives. Aristotle once said, “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” It is best to be aware of our ignorance now and try to gain more knowledge instead of staying in your comfort zone.

As the saying goes, “competition brings out the best.” AP courses provide students with a healthy platform to satisfy our drive to compete.  Students that possess a strong will to succeed and want to look good on their transcript will have the intrinsic motivation to put in more effort in their work. Through competition, students will learn more about themselves and their peers, discovering things that they didn’t already know. The more we interact with each other, the more we gain insight on how to be better. After all, “competitiveness” is a biological trait that co-evolved with the basic need for (human) survival.

AP courses also act as a starter kit that increases our odds of graduating from college on time without wasting extra money. Being an advance course, it is generally demanding and requires a certain level of maturity and commitment for students to succeed. Moral values such as being punctual, responsible, and persistence will be cultivated in our personality and passed on to the next facet of our education, developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a successful transition to college. There’s no doubt that the syllabus in AP classes will be more challenging than those regular classes that we are taking in high school; However, as mentioned above, students who excel on AP exams can bypass introductory courses and enter with college credit at many colleges and universities.

An interview with Ronel Ingles, the vice president of the school that had taken three AP classes revealed that the knowledge and skills that he acquired in his AP Classes enabled him to advance from the classes during his Freshman Year. He then added, “Vocabularies are sophisticated, effort and time are highly needed to pass the AP exam and get the credit. If you’re negligent, you’re going to fail it.” This is certainly a legitimate statement as credits are earned, not guaranteed just because you enrolled in any of the AP classes. Thus, students need to be able to be responsible and commit to all the course that they registered wholeheartedly.

Typically, students who enroll in the AP program in Liberty High School will not be required to pay $94 per exam as most of us are eligible for financial aid. It is logical to give it a try as it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

As one of the senior in Liberty High School, I am beyond blessed to be a part of this program since it started. Hard work will certainly pay off as I’ve taken three AP classes (US History, Psychology, Environmental Science) and found that it possesses the key that unlock all sorts of doors, the door towards self-fulfillment, knowledge, and success.

So, what is stopping you from registering for this “killing a lot-a birds with one stone” program? Join now for the sake of your future and your wallet!

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