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Spring break schedule shortchanges Advance Placement students

By Meg Miller
Posted Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Wow. That is surprising and very disappointing news concerning the placement of spring break right before AP exams. Almost as surprising as the scheduling Northwood did which puts all but one of the AP exams in the spring. I understand the thought behind this, to teach the course closer to the testing time but it overloads students who are taking more than two AP classes (my daughter will now have to drop AP Stat). Also the class time in the spring is shortened because of the test schedule.

I guess AP students are supposed to use their spring break to study. I'm sure most of them will because that's the type of student who signs up for the challenge of AP anyway.

There's no winning with AP and the block schedule but I totally agree that someone is not thinking when it comes to the calendar. AP students are a minority, and not many parents are going to give this a second thought. But again it goes back to why we lose so many talented gifted kids to other schools like Woods. People on the "outside" scratch their heads and wonder why the Board of Education makes bonehead decisions like this.

Email Mr. Logan the the Board of Education and ask them why the kids who work so hard to achieve are always getting the short end...and this starts with the "gifted" programs in grade school.

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