‘AP for All’ Works Well at Grand Valley High School

By: Mike McKibbin
Post Independent
April 24, 2014

PARACHUTE – For most students, when they hear “advance placement classes,” they likely think “oh, that’s for the smart kids.” At Grand Valley High School in Parachute, though, it applies to every student. And the school-wide approach is paying off, according to Principal Ryan Frink.

Advanced placement, or AP, is a program created by the College Board that offers college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. The Grand Valley program is modeled after a highly successful program in a Portland, Ore., school district that moved it from one of the bottom ten districts in that state to one of the top 10 districts in the U.S., according to Newsweek magazine, Frink said.

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