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Back to School: AP courses at TTUSD rival schools in big cities

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TTUSD is committed to ensuring that all students are college and career ready by graduation. One way this is achieved is by offering a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, designed to prepare scholars for the rigor of college-level work, and set them up for post-graduate success.

The district's AP courses offer students the opportunity to access college-level curriculum while still in high school.

Despite their small school sizes, students at both of the district's comprehensive high schools, North Tahoe High and Truckee High, have access to up to 15 AP courses; this number rivals high schools in large cities.

What's unique about Tahoe-Truckee is that its classes are done with nontraditional learning styles. Expert teachers engage scholars with a hands-on approach.

Students are involved in authentic learning experiences that include collaboration, technology integration, research, discussion, and argumentation and presentation skills. They also learn content and skills that will make them more informed and involved citizens.

Students taking AP classes have the potential to earn college credits and possibly save college expenses. If they take the related AP Exam, and pass with a score of three or higher on a five point scale, many colleges will accept that class as a completed college course, thus saving on the number of credits needed in college.

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This allows them to skip introductory classes in college and move directly into upper-level classes to focus on the work that most interests them.

Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Rob Leri shared, "We are very proud of our high number of AP course offerings and thank Measure A for funding this outstanding program. Our passionate educators truly engage every student and challenge them at a higher level, preparing them for college."

While some students will take multiple AP courses throughout high school, most students are encouraged to challenge themselves with at least one AP course.

AP courses are generally offered for students in their junior and senior years. This year, for the first time, TTUSD is offering an AP course at the sophomore level with AP Human Geography.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.

TTUSD’s AP offerings

North Tahoe High School: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, US Government & Politics, Human, Geography, MicroEconomics, Psychology, Physics 1, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics and US History.

Truckee High School: Art Portfolio, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, Physics 1, Statistics, Spanish Language & Culture, US Government & Politics and US History.