If AP European History and AP Chemistry doesn't sound challenging enough, Arnold High School is about to expand the options for students.
"It helps me get to college because it looks really good on college resumes," says Arnold High School AP Student Bar Sadeh. "You have to take the exam at the end of the year, and colleges really look at AP classes and how well you did in those classes."
Thursday, Arnold High School was selected to receive a 50 thousand dollar AP STEM grant. The grant, donated by Google to Donorschoose.org, aims to increase the number of AP math and science courses offered.
"It's a great thing for our school," says Arnold High School principal Keith Bland. "We're doing great things here. We've had the highest pass rate in terms of AP scores; we had over 71 percent last year which is a phenomenal rate of pass. It's good for the recognition for the great things that are taken place academically at our school."
In addition to adding more STEM APs, the AP STEM Access Program will also concentrate on increasing the number of underrepresented minority and female high school students participating in AP STEM studies, something AP teacher Scott Woodyard says will definitely increase the diversity.
"I think it would be great because there aren't a lot of girls getting involved in science and we need to push more into it," says Woodyard. "There aren't a lot of minorities in my AP classes and I'd love to see more. I think it's great that we're targeting those demographics."
The school is hoping to add two more AP courses each year. Arnold was one of about 10 schools nationally to be selected for this grant.