Supplement to “Wendell Worley: Teacher Extraordinaire”
AP exams are a good way to earn college credit, but students don’t necessarily have to take an AP class at their local high school. They can also take the class online.
Online Advanced Placement classes are offered through the Kentucky Virtual High School. More than 20 AP courses are available, ranging from biology and calculus to microeconomics and statistics. Each course has suggested prerequisites, such as preliminary course work in the subject areas. For example, students interested in the virtual macroeconomics AP class need to have mastered Algebra II before tackling the course.
In addition to the course work, students have to pay an exam fee for each AP test, whether they take the course online or in the classroom. For 2009, the fee was $86 per test, according to the College Board Web site, www.collegeboard.com.
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) also provides financial assistance to students in grades 9-12 who could not afford dual credit or Advanced Placement classes, including virtual classes, without scholarship funds. The assistance is offered through the Mary Jo Young Scholarship. Priority for the scholarships is given to low-income students, minorities, and first-generation college attendees.
For more information and to apply for the scholarship, call (800) 928-8926 or go online to KHEAA at www.kheaa.com
and type in “Mary Jo Young Scholarship” in the search box.
To read the Kentucky Living September 2009 feature that goes along with this supplement, go to Wendell Worley, Teacher Extraordinaire.