The Importance of AP

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams have become the standard for advanced curriculum.

The Belin-Blank Center’s Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) was initiated in 2001 to provide access to AP for students who otherwise would not be able to participate. The heart of the IOAPA program is the commitment to preparing students to succeed in AP. This is done by a combination of three educational programs:

  1. The IOAPA structure, which provides excellent online AP courses as well as support in the local schools.
  2. The preparation that Iowa students receive through the Iowa Excellence Program, a Belin-Blank Center program that prepares students (especially in rural schools) for AP while they are still in middle/junior high school.
  3. The Belin-Blank Dynamic Model of Professional Development, which prepares teachers to prepare students to seek out and succeed in highly challenging courses, such as AP.

For more on IOAPA, visit http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/Programs/students/ioapa/.

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