By Shannan YoungerAdvanced Placement (AP) classes are a big topic of discussion if you have a kid entering high school, as I do. At orientation in January, the principal of the high school my daughter will attend said that every kid should take AP classes in high school, well, at least one but there was encouragement to try more. Last week, I was talking with my mailman about his daughter's college selection and he stressed the importance of taking every AP class possible. I wondered if all kids are really capable of completing college level work in high school.
All this had me wondering about the proliferation of AP classes in high school. Turns out that yes, AP class offerings have exploded since the dark ages of my high school years. (And I don't think 1994 feels like that long ago, but I'm pretty sure my kid things we were lucky to have electricity.)
Slightly more than one million kids took an AP class in 2003. In 2013, that number has jumped to 2.2 million students enrolled in at least one of the 38 available AP courses, according to the College Board.