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Guntersville celebrates success in AP course program

After the first year, the number of students taking AP classes increased from 12 to 257. (Source: WAFF) After the first year, the number of students taking AP classes increased from 12 to 257. (Source: WAFF)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama has seen a dramatic increase in the number of students taking and achieving in college-level classes while in high school.

Guntersville City Schools was one of four in the state which participated in a celebration in Montgomery on Wednesday for significant advances in the A+ College Ready program.

It's not often a school system gets to tell the governor and the state school superintendent about why your program is so successful, but Guntersville High School was the leader of the 21 schools that offer the advanced-placement classes.

Former principal John Richey and senior Emma Fancher spent time in Montgomery going over the success of the A+ College Ready program, which was implemented just last year.

Once the program was implemented, the number of advanced placement college courses offered rose from one to five.

Now students can take calculus, English Literature, English Language, biology, and chemistry.

After the first year, the number of students taking AP classes increased from 12 to 257.

Richey attributes much of the success to the sheer will, drive, and efforts of the schools teachers.

"It was something we were lacking in and it hit at the right time," he said. "Our teachers bought in, our students bought in, our community bought in, and it just worked. I would say it was the perfect storm."

Because the students now have the college credit, Richey estimates the program has saved parents around $122,000 so far in tuition payments.

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