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A Visual Guide to Middle School IOAPA Courses

With the introduction of our middle school courses in Fall 2015, many students and teachers may still have questions about the types of courses offered by the Iowa Online AP Academy, who these classes might benefit, and how to select students who will be prepared for and challenged by online coursework.

Based on the information and experiences we have gathered so far, we are excited to provide a visual guide to our middle school classes! These data are based on middle school Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) courses taken during the fall 2015 semester.We hope they will be helpful as you and your students consider plans to register for 2016-17 courses through IOAPA.

If you are looking for more information about IOAPA’s middle school classes, check out our past posts on middle school courses and above-level testing, or visit our website. Make sure to check back here soon for our high school courses recap!

IOAPA Fall 2015 MS Data Infographic


Interested in IOAPA? Learn more about registration!

Registration for Iowa Online AP Academy 2016-2017 classes open in just one week (April 19), and many teachers want to register their students promptly to ensure access to these courses. Whether you are new to IOAPA or just need a refresher, take a look at the following handy registration guide for pointers on the registration process!

To register, visit our website (belinblank.org/ioapa). Be sure to read through the Getting Started section for important program information.  You will need to re-register your school each academic year.

When you’re ready to register, take the following steps:

  1. Register your school and assign a site coordinator and mentor. The first step is for principals to register their schools. They can do that on our website (belinblank.org/ioapa) by clicking on Register on the homepage. As part of this step, schools assign a site coordinator and a mentor. They can be the same person or different people; however, the mentor needs to be a certified teacher at the school. We’ll be discussing this difference more in future blog posts.
  2. Nominate the student(s) taking IOAPA course(s). Completing the school registration page sends the principal an automated email with a link in it to nominate the student. The principal either needs to complete the nomination or forward the link to the site coordinator or mentor to complete.
  3. Confirm that the student has self-enrolled in the course. Once the student has been nominated, an email will be automatically sent to the student to enroll himself/herself in the actual course. Be sure to have students check their junk mail folders, as the automated emails sometimes get filtered there. Students should complete this process and be sure to click submit when they’re done.

Middle school students should also take an above-level test to help determine eligibility, with scores considered current within the past two years. (For eligibility guidelines, see Requirements.) Learn more about above-level testing.

Questions? Check out our website (belinblank.org/ioapa) for further assistance!


IOAPA: Staying Connected with AP and the Belin-Blank Center this Summer

The last week of AP testing wrapped up on Friday, and while AP teachers and Iowa Online AP Academy mentors are breathing a sigh of relief, College Board and the Belin-Blank Center are gearing up to help support you and your AP students for the 2014-2015 school year!

Here are a few things you can do to help get ready for AP for 2014-2015:

Right Now: 

A few days after the AP exam is finished, the College Board will release the free response items from the 2014 exams.  If you have enough time before the end of the school year, talk about these free response questions with your current AP students.  A student discussion around the questions and responses will help you and your students prep for future AP courses.

Celebrate!  Some schools host AP breakfasts or a special lunch/reception after the AP exams are over.  Take the time to relax, and pat yourself on the back.  You all have worked hard and you deserve it!


This Summer:

Participate in an AP Summer Institute to learn more about the course content for each AP course and to learn about upcoming course revisions.  (The Belin-Blank Center is hosting an institute July 7 – 10.  Register here.)

Send in your Iowa Online AP Academy mentor form.  All mentors will be contacted in early August to participate in a webinar with Apex AP instructors before the beginning of the next school year.

If you are a counselor, register to attend the free fall counselor workshops.

Attend the AP Annual Conference July 9 – 13, 2014.


Congratulations on your participation in AP during the 2013-2014 school year!

AP Exam Review Slots Available

The Iowa Online Advanced Placement (APTM) Academy allows Iowa students to take APTMclasses online. The Iowa Online AP Academy is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to support APTM classes. Educators can learn more here.


Only one month to go until AP exams (see AP Calendar here)! No need to fear, though, students and teachers—there are still AP Exam Review slots available.  All Iowa schools are welcome to participate.

AP Exam Review is available for the following AP courses:  Calculus AB, Statistics, Physics B, Psychology, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish.

Schools can set up users through one of two ways:

Option 1: Site coordinators can create a Classroom through their Iowa Online AP Academy account. Site coordinators may then add students to each AP Exam Review subject class they create. To add or edit a Classroom for AP Exam Review, sign in through Apex and click on the Classroom tab. The Exam Review should be the only class showing. Click on the “Add a Classroom” button on the right and follow the prompts to add the class, select the exam review content, and add students.

Option 2, must be used by schools enrolling 25 or more students: The school must send an Excel file listing all students who will enroll to Support at Apex Learning. List each student on a single line, and indicate the AP Exam Review course(s) in which the student will enroll by product code. If the student plans to enroll in multiple Exam Reviews, separate each course product code by commas. Attach your completed Excel file to an email addressed to support@apexlearning.com. Use the email subject line: IOAPA – {School Name} AP Exam Review Student List. If a school has more than 25 students to enroll, please contact the Apex Learning Support team for information on bulk registration/enrollment.

If you have questions about signing students up for AP Exam Review, you can contact Lori Hudson at lori-hudson@uiowa.edu or 319-335-6148.

AP Courses Offered for the 2014-15 Year

The Iowa Online Advanced Placement (APTM) Academy allows Iowa students to take APTM classes online. The Iowa Online AP Academy is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to support APTM classes. Educators can learn more here.

Looking ahead to next year’s courses? Apex Learning will offer the following courses for 2014-15:


  • AP Calculus AB (Semester 1 and Semester 2)
  • AP Statistics (Semester 1 and Semester 2)


  • AP Biology (Semester 1 and Semester 2)
  • AP Chemistry (Semester 1 and Semester 2)
  • AP Psychology

Social Studies

  • AP U.S. History (Semester 1 and Semester 2)*
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics


  • AP English Language and Composition (Semester 1 and Semester 2)*
  • AP English Literature and Composition (Semester 1 and Semester 2)

World Language

  • AP Spanish Language (Semester 1 and Semester 2)

*indicates new course updated with College Board requirements

AP Physics B will not be available the 2014-15 school year. Apex Learning wants to confirm that the course is published with updated College Board requirements. This is the same process Apex underwent with AP Spanish and AP Biology in previous years.

Onward with AP in Spite of the Polar Vortex

The Iowa Online Advanced Placement (APTM) Academy allows Iowa students to take APTM classes online. The Iowa Online AP Academy is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to support APTM classes. Educators can learn more here.

Alas, the bitter cold has returned. With the plummeting wind chill comes school closures—and unstructured time for students. However, regardless of whether Iowa schools extend the academic year into July, APTM students must take exams the weeks of May 5th and May 12th. What steps can online APTM students stranded at home take to avoid falling behind?

Accept the test dates as set in stone. With a few exceptions, APTM exams are generally not rescheduled. Cross your fingers all you like, but wishful thinking will not change this.

Create a schedule with short- and long-term goals. Given the flexibility of online courses, students benefit from the use of schedules, a topic we have discussed previously, particularly to reach completion of short- and long-term goals. For some students, this is as simple as following the syllabus each week. For others, it may help to break down assignments further and to set specific hours aside each week for each course assignment. These schedules should be followed as closely as possible to avoid overwhelmingly busy weeks later in the term.

If you have Internet access at home, continue to make progress in your courses. Yes, school is closed, and your friends may be taking it easy. However, remember the challenge you gave to yourself when you signed up for APTM or other honors courses. The grit needed to accomplish larger goals requires that you maintain goal-directedness, motivation, and self-control every week. If you have access to your coursework, continue to make progress on assignments and lectures. Watching daytime television and scrolling through Reddit will lose its appeal relatively quickly anyway.

Keep in touch with classmates during strings of snow days. Form a group with classmates, and share your short- and long-term goals for the semester. Encourage one another toward goals. Taking an online course can be an isolating experience, but having a peer group to hold you to the expectations you set for yourself will motivate you to push ahead.