Despite having a limited staff, Vacaville School District needed to address student demand for a wide range of Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses.
Offer students AP online courses to ensure advanced learning opportunities and college readiness.
Pair Apex Learning online AP courses and Apex Learning teachers with local subject-area mentors to expand the availability of AP.
100% of the district's AP students enrolled in college.
Meeting Students' Academic Needs
In the Vacaville School District, offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School was a natural fit for the school's high standards. Buckingham offered a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with the expectation that all students will graduate. The charter school's student population was too small to support the staffing required to offer AP courses as a traditional brick-and-mortar program. Nevertheless, demand for AP classes in math, English, science, world languages, history, government, and psychology was strong.
Offering AP Online
In response to this demand, Buckingham decided to offer Apex Learning online AP courses. The school implemented the online AP program using Apex Learning online teachers to expand educational choices for students. Since Buckingham is a magnet school that emphasizes the use of technology, students were already accustomed to digital learning and were drawn to the idea of taking AP courses online. Without the online curriculum, AP courses would not have been available.
Competing to Succeed
Admission into the online AP program was very competitive. Each student was carefully screened and grades were weighed heavily into whether a student gained acceptance. Once accepted, students attended an orientation that outlined the rigor of AP courses and offered guidance on how to succeed in an online learning environment. Students took AP courses in a computer lab during the regular school day and were required to log nine hours of class time every two weeks. Highly qualified, subject-area teachers supervised the AP classes and served as mentors, helping students as needed and working with Apex Learning online teachers to facilitate student progress.
Buckingham students had tremendous success. All of the school's AP students graduated from high school and went on to attend two year and four-year colleges.