The Belin-Blank Center has received a grant from the State of Iowa to continue the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) for school year 2012-2013. The grant ($481,849) will provide an opportunity for Iowa students from all accredited public and non-public schools to take an Advanced Placement (AP) course online.
The costs for the courses are covered by the grant. For 2012-2013 the following courses will be offered:
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Chemistry
- AP English Language & Composition
- AP English Literature & Composition
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Physics B
- AP Statistics
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language
- AP U.S. History
In addition, Iowa teachers are provided grants to further their training in AP by attending the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute (APTTI) held annually at The University of Iowa. APTTI provides teachers with the latest materials and instruction on preparing AP courses so that their students will be successful in the courses and on AP national exams. IOAPA also provides Pre-AP and AP materials and AP Exam reviews to Iowa schools registered with IOAPA.
Currently, 349 of the 377 accredited high schools in Iowa are registered with IOAPA. Since its inception in 2001, 10,175 Iowa students have taken coursework through IOAPA. IOAPA has changed the culture of Iowa regarding AP. The spirit behind the online program is that in Iowa , “Geography will not determine educational opportunity.” The Belin-Blank Center is extremely proud to continue this program.