High school students should take AP courses for college acceptance

CHS AP advanced placement

Abbey Young, 13 — pictured with her mother, Misty, during Tuesday night's college preparedness seminar at Crestview High School — says she will take high school advanced placement courses to be successful in college.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 02:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Eighth-graders Abbey Young and Marissa Flaherty, both 13, say they're ready to take the courses necessary to get into college.

That means aiming high, according to The College Board's Bryan Barnes, guest speaker of Tuesday's higher education preparedness seminar at Crestview High School. College-bound students should take advanced placement courses, he said.

"Put yourself in a challenging position," Barnes said. "You should put yourself in the highest level (course) without being overwhelmed."

High school students are 61 percent more likely to be accepted into college by enrolling in at least two AP high school courses, he said.

CHS assistant principal Dexter Day believes it, based on his daughter's college interview.

"One of the first things they asked her is what college-level courses have you taken during high school," he said.

Abbey, Marissa and their parents were among 162 attendees of the Okaloosa County School District's seminar. Several of CHS's AP instructors and students were available to answer questions following the presentation.

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