Partnership Could Help Schools Offer AP Classes

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High school students at Copenhagen Central don't know what they're missing.

"Kids are not getting accepted into some of the colleges that they'd like to get into strictly because we're not offering them what they need, " said Scott Connell, school  superintendent.

That need, Connell said, is advanced placement classes -- college credit courses for high school students.

That's something Copenhagen has never offered because of the high cost.

Now, tight budgets are threatening AP programs at schools across the north country.

Help could be on the way. Area colleges and the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES are exploring a partnership to provide schools with AP programs.

"This is particularly important right now because of the financial state that the districts are in and facing a fiscal crisis that we can offer them these types of advanced placement courses." said Michele Traynor of the Jeff-Lewis BOCES

It's early, but the plan would be for students to work at school, home on computer, and even on college campuses.

"A hybrid situation where some of it would be online, some of it would be through distance learning, and some of it would actually be at the universities," Connell.

"We're looking for online, we're looking for blended, we're looking for in-person, on campus," said Marcy Grenier, also of the Jeff-Lewis BOCES.

It has not yet been determined what courses would be offered.

"We're in the preliminary stages of planning and organizing what courses we're going to be able to offer," Grenier said.

The next step is to get colleges to sign on.

Then, students at Copenhagen -- and other schools across the North Country -- will finally know what they've been missing

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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