Battle for Students: APs vs College Now


By Nahian Chowdhury ‘16 

College Now and Advanced Placement (AP) classes offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.

“ I think AP and College Now classes are a good idea for high achieving high school students. They allow students to see how ready they are for college level work, and it’s a great way for students to challenge themselves,” said Nikola Iberle ‘16

AP classes are college level classes that take place in high school and are taught by teachers from the school. Currently, Midwood offers 17 AP classes, which include English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics 1, Physics C, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Psychology, US History, European History, World History, Government and Economics.

“I don’t regret any AP classes I’ve taken so far. They’ve all been great courses and I learned a lot from each one,” said Michelle Nemirovsky ‘16. “I think it’s a good idea to take them. Although they may require a lot of time, they are rewarding and prepare well for college.”

College Now classes are taken at nearby colleges which are partnered with the student’s high school and are taught by college professors. Midwood is partnered with Brooklyn College to offer College Now courses. College Now courses are of three types. College credit courses are offered to juniors and seniors to earn college credit. Pre-college classes are offered to freshmen and sophomores for high school credit. College Now also offers workshops which do not give credit but offer guidance regarding the college application process as well as opportunities in the arts.

“I prefer college now courses because you are actually put into a classroom with a college professor and college students,” said Anna Ng ‘15. “Some college now courses offer more than one credit compared to an AP course that only offers one credit.”

Keely Guallpa ‘17 said, “ I personally think College Now is better because it gives students a chance to experience how a college class actually feels like and earn credits at the same time.”

College Now classes do not culminate in exams like AP classes. Rather, students are graded like normal college classes. Unlike AP classes, which meet everyday, College Now classes meet either once or twice a week after school.

“One thing I liked about my College Now classes would be the different days they’re on. The one I recently took was Tuesdays and Thursdays after school,” said Jephany Zhen ‘16. “ It gives me a chance to comprehend the material that I learned from that day. By the time it’s the next class, I know what I’m learning and I feel prepared for what comes next.”

Courses offered by College Now vary from semester to

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