More Indiana Students Taking AP Classes

Aug 21, 2014

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More Indiana high school students are enrolling in "advanced placement" classes, according to the state Department of Education.

Indianapolis Public Schools saw a more than 80-percent jump between 2006 and 2011 according to the Department of Education.

Carmel Clay saw a 115 percent increase in students taking "A-P" classes.

State education officials say this is more than just a point of pride for students and is also saving real money.

Purdue student Claire Lee says she was able to leave high school and start college as a second semester sophomore because of all the college credits she earned from her A-P classes.

"I had lots of friends at Franklin Central who took, you know, eight AP classes their senior year," says Lee. "They were all really motivated and I see them around me at Purdue and other universities, you know, driven and ahead of the game."

Taking AP courses in high school costs students $89 for each AP exam, but the fees for the AP math and science tests are waived.