FacebookButton Twitterbutton instagram-button-48 youtube-48x48 linkedin 48

Advanced Placement not for everyone

Ed's note: The original article of opinion below first appeared in the White County Newspaper, written by White County High School senior, Sydney Chacon. She compares and contrasts the Advanced Placement Program with Dual Enrollment, the latter being equivalent to the state of Georgia's ACCEL Program for institutions of higher learning, which is utilized by Truett-McConnell College.


Tribe Vibe with Sydney Chacon

Thoughts on Advanced Placement classes vs. Dual Enrollment

In 2010, only one AP class was offered; now there are 9 AP classes given. In the last couple of years, we have been given many more opportunities, but has it really helped us?

When there was only one AP class to take, many students dual enrolled – when you take a class at a college such as Truett and if you pass, you receive college credit as well as high school credit. All you have to do is pass the class and you receive credit; whereas with AP courses you have to take an AP exam at the end of the year and hope you make a good enough score to receive college credit.

At the end of my sophomore year, AP classes were really pushed. I remember sitting at the meetings and hearing everything great about AP but close to nothing about Dual Enrollment. They made it sound like AP was the much better choice even though many students before us did just fine with regular classes and Dual Enrollment.

I took AP English as a junior last year. I loved the class, my teacher and even a couple of the writing assignments. However, I wish I hadn't gotten sucked into the AP whirlwind, and that I had just stuck with my plan to Dual Enroll. I signed up for it because we were told AP would look good for college and because of the pressure to do what others were doing. I knew the administration would prefer students to take AP classes, so I joined the herd that was being led to AP.

It wasn't a bad class at all; the workload was somewhat tough, but that was nothing out of the ordinary. I now know how to write in different writing styles, and my essays have more content than fluff, but I still have to take English 101 at college.

My goal at the beginning of the year last year was to make a high enough score on the AP exam so that I could receive college credit, but I ended up only making a 3 out of a 5, 5 being the highest. The thing about English is that you write the way your teacher or professor likes, and you make a good grade in that class.

But since we developed our style to match the requirements and our teacher's wishes, we did well in our AP class, but not so good on our exam. What our teacher may think is great, like when she scored my practice AP exam as a 4, the judges might have thought was average. 3's are accepted at some colleges, but since I don't know where I want to go, it would be risky not to take English 101.

That's my biggest regret; spending a whole year preparing for a test and missing the mark. If I had stayed with my plans, I could have spent a semester on English and gotten the college and high school credit.

Instead, now I'm dual enrolling at Truett for English 101 for material that I could have skipped had I made a better score on my exam, or had I known what college I planned on going to.

Erin Sellari, a fellow senior and former AP student, says, "Dual Enrollment is better; it promises credit if you pass the class. AP does not."

AP is good for someone who wants to grow in the subject of their choice, and Dual Enrollment is good for someone who wants to knock their core classes out of the way.

Another senior and former AP student, Casey Chastain, said, "AP helped me learn to write, but if I had to go back, I wouldn't have taken AP; I would rather get the credit for the course."

I wouldn't say we wasted the year because, like Casey said, we did learn to write better, and we had fun in that class. But I think many of us wish we had stuck to the old ways.


TMC Directory

About Us
Mission Statement & Core Values
Truett-McConnell History
Meet Dr. Caner
Baptist Faith & Message
Speaker's Bureau
Address and Phone
Official Logos and Colors
Tuition and Fees - 2014-2015
International Students
Campus Visit
Apply to TMC
Financial Aid
Student Payments
From Dr. Reynolds
Our Faculty
Degree Programs
Christian Studies
Education - Behavioral Science
Early Childhood Education
Middle Grades Education
Applying to the Teacher Education Program
Music and Fine Arts
Music Degree Programs
Purpose Statement
Music Scholarships
Audition Requirements
Adjunct Professors
Music Handbook
Protecting Your Hearing Health
Science and Mathematics
Academic Calendar
2014 - 2015 Academic Calendar
2014 Fall Semester Exam Schedule
Academic Enrichment Services
Special Support Services
Accel Program
Missions Center
Online Degrees
Info for Bi-Vocational Pastors
Online Tuition and Fees
Christian Studies Online
BS in Business Online
BS in Psychology Online
Online Financial Aid
Online Information Request
Information Update
Alumni Spotlight
Alumni Nominations
Alumni Wall of Honor
Giving Opportunities
Fall Chapel 2014
Spring Chapel 2015
Student Life
What's Next
Campus Ministries
Campus Recreation
Student Success
Chapel Schedule
Dining Services
Housing Assignment Process
Housing Information
Off-Campus Housing
Leadership Opportunities
Move to Truett
What's Next
What to Bring
New Student Orientation
Local Churches
Local Hotels
Local Restaurants
Student Handbook
Public Safety
Traffic Citation Appeal
Student Job Opportunities
Order Your Textbooks
Quick Links
Students & Faculty
Email Login
Self Service (IQ Web)
Online Classroom
Order Textbooks
WEAVE Online
Truett Connect
Business Office
Refund Request Form
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees 2014 - 2015
Net Price Calculator
Student Payments
Book Voucher Request
Human Resources
Prospective Faculty
Employee Benefits
Job Listings
Information Technology
Computer Labs
Help Desk
Latest News Articles