What are AP (Advanced Placement) Classes?
AP (Advanced Placement) is a program of classes developed by the College Board to give high school students an introduction to a college-level workload. Maharishi School offers Advanced Placement courses in Psychology, Statistics, Microeconomics, U.S. History, Calculus, English Literature, English Language, and Physics.
Why are AP classes important for our students?
Taking an AP class introduces students to the rigors of a college course which helps prepare them to transition to college. Highly selective colleges expect their students to complete these courses and to pass them with top marks. Many colleges grant students college credit if the student scores well (at least a 4, or 5 out of 5) on the AP exam. Being successful in class and on the test gives students a competitive edge. Apart from the exam results, students who successfully complete an AP course (with a grade C or better) improve their chances of admission to a selective college.
How can we reduce the stress load and still be college prep?
We recommend that most students take no more than five AP courses in total. This way the students don’t feel overly stretched and stressed. As researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill determined, taking more than five AP courses in high school gives no significant increase in college grade point average (GPA): More AP Classes May Not Be Better.
The UNC-Chapel Hill article describes their research: “They found that students who take more AP or IB courses do better in college—but only up to a certain point. If two students have similar SAT scores and high-school grades, and one takes zero AP courses and the other takes five, the student with five AP courses will probably have a higher first-year undergraduate GPA (3.26 versus 3.07). Above five courses, there’s no significant increase in GPA.”
So your child still wants to take 10 AP Courses regardless of the stress?
According to the American Psychological Association, 30% of teens feel overwhelmed and depressed as a result of stress overload. Growing up is tough. Teens today are under immense pressure. It can feel as if they are out in the ocean being tossed and turned by turbulent waves. Maharishi School addresses this issue by offering a tool for stress relief called Transcendental Meditation®. By accessing our own inherent intelligence via the TM® technique, we utilize our full potential and are able to move towards goals with less turmoil. Regular practice of TM erodes the effects of stress and creates skillful action allowing our students to take on more work if they choose to do so, with less energy expended. Work smarter not harder!