Administrators, teachers working to expand AP course offerings in effort to match students' interests in high-level content
When students at Centerville High School begin planning their class schedules for the 2020-21 school year, they'll see more options for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Administrators and teachers in the district have been working to expand AP course offerings in an effort to match students' interests in high-level content.
"We are extraordinarily proud of our AP program and want students with a wide variety of interests to have access to these classes," said Adam Ciarlariello, the district's Secondary Curriculum Coordinator. "To that end, we are widening our selection of AP course offerings to include subjects such as Computer Science, Environmental Science and a course based on critical thinking called Seminar. We hope that in adding these courses, our AP program will more closely reflect the diverse student body of CHS."
In 2019, the district began a partnership with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), whose mission is to ensure students of color and low-income students have equitable access to academically intense high school programs. Through a grant, CHS and EOS have surveyed students and teachers about a wide variety of topics, including future goals, current interests, perceived academic strengths, possible barriers to learning, and trusted adults on staff.
CHS currently offers 18 AP courses, ranging from foreign language to physics. The newest one, AP Studio Art, was added this school year, and high school staff members are discussing additional courses to begin in the fall of 2020. On Feb. 12, CHS hosted its first AP Fair for interested students to learn more about advanced classes by talking with teachers and other students.
"We hope the AP Fair allows students to make an informed decision about what AP classes to take," said Ken Barrett, the district's Secondary Gifted Coach for Mathematics and Science. "Their personal interest in the subject, their future goals and their social emotional well-being are all factors to consider when deciding to take a course or not. Face time with both teachers and current students in these classes helps students find where they want to invest their energy."
In 2018-19, nearly 600 CHS students took AP courses, and more than 1,400 AP exams were administered in 25 subject areas. Centerville High School offers approximately 220 regular and special education courses, plus 12 Career Education programs located at CHS and another six available off site.
Centerville High School is part of Centerville City Schools, which serve nearly 8,400 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing 120 buses that also transports daily to 15 public and 15 non-public schools. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.