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Harrison Central
Implementing Advanced Placement Classes


CADIZ- Students at Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School will be exposed to higher learning with the addition of Advanced Placement classes this fall.

Students already have a variety of educational offerings with an advanced curriculum, college prep, general education, remediation and even the opportunity school to help dropouts or those at risk attain their diploma. Now, they will have a chance to partake of Advance Placement courses at the high school beginning next term. During the April 26 meeting, school board members agreed to implement four AP courses, including English Literature and Chemistry for 12th grade, psychology for grades 11 and 12 and a dual-credit biology course that would go toward the college requirement.

Program Coordinator Brent Ripley, who also serves as principal at Harrison Central Jr. High School, said the school district received a two-year, $20,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education to provide intensive training for teachers to obtain AP certification. The teachers would spend five days under the tutelage of a college professor as part of their professional development. The program was discussed at a meeting earlier this month, which was attended by 46 students and their parents at the high school. Ripley and guidance counselor Todd Dunlap explained the purpose of the AP classes and what it would mean for students who participate.

Ripley said there were many benefits with the program and plans are in the works to offer more courses in the future.

“This should bridge the gap between learning at high school and college,” Ripley said. “By the end of three years, our kids will have an opportunity to take eight college-level courses at the high school.”

Harrison Central currently has the Scholars program for grades 7-9 for its high achievers. Eligible students must have a 3.5 GPA and/or be in the top 25 percent of their respective class at the end of the preceding year. Seventh-grade applicants are chosen based upon academic achievement through sixth grade, staff recommendations, Ohio Achievement Assessment scores and/or principal approval. The Scholars/AP classes for grades 10-12 extend beyond the core curriculum for students who meet high academic standards and desire to excel in their academic pursuits. Those pupils must not have lower than a 3.0 GPA in the subject area and meet all pre-requisite course criteria to participate.

The classes reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses and expose students to a higher level of learning. Students would take standardized exams to measure how well they mastered the coursework, and those who pass can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. AP exams are administered each May for $87 per exam, but a reduction may be provided for students in financial need.

Ripley said college admissions prefer students to take more rigorous classes regardless of the GPA and it also prepares them for ACT and SAT exams. Additionally, there are financial benefits to taking the Advanced Placement classes because most two- and four-year colleges and universities offer credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP exam scores, so students earn credit toward their college degrees or can skip introductory courses and move directly into higher-level classes and/or fulfill general education requirements. That saves money in the long run because students who take five years or more to graduate can spend $8,000 to $27,000 for each additional year in college. However, those who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete their degree on time.

For more information, contact Ripley at 740-942-7700 or go online at

Source: Harrison Hills Press Release

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