AP Courses Gain Popularity in Alabama

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Preparing for college can be difficult but some high school courses are making it a little easier.

In the past 10 years, the number of Alabama high school students who have taken an A.P. course has increased by more than 250%.

Between 2003 and 2013, the number of students taking A.P. courses in Alabama rose from 3,000 to 11,000.

Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes.

Students who take these courses and score well on the A.P. exam can get college credit for the class depending on the college they attend.

Houston Academy A.P. Chemistry Teacher Vanessia Snell has been teaching A.P. classes for 20 years
She says she's seen the increase in A.P. class offerings and students here in the wiregrass.

"A.P. helps students take information, analyze it, to synthesize it. We as educators need to get away from written memorization. Students for the 21st century, they're going to have to be able to apply what they're learning," Snell said.