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Advanced Courses

Through the years there has been an increase in having high schools students take advanced courses. It has become a phenomenon because of the vast increase in the last couple of years. It doesn't just include AP (Advanced Placement) classes but Dual-Credit classes. Many schools have come in agreement with many universities and junior colleges to create the Dual-Credit program in which student s still in high school take the same classes as college students. This till this day surprises many people. There have been many students because of these advanced courses students graduate early and some even with their associates before they even graduate high school. School District has students with free or reduced lunch take these classes free of charge (Hallett 474).

Free of charge you say? Yes, free of charge the state government decided that part of their school funds would go to these students in order to decrease the college readiness gap.

Many of these "college-bound high school students" has allowed them to explore the college academic quality and life (Hallett 474).

Advanced Placement courses are made to increase the student's rigor. For students that plan on attending four year universities it is very important for them to take these AP courses seriously because it affects their admissions. And when the students do good on these test so does the school. These schools are then recognized by their state and are given more funds to increase the students' performance on these tests. As said by Hallett, they are the "funds of knowledge" (Hallett 474).

College Readiness Programs

There are many courses that students are given the opportunity to integrate. Many courses allow them to receive credit for their school and also prepares them for college and whatever lies ahead in their lives. These programs...