High school students across Tennessee will soon have access to virtual Advanced Placement classes through the AP Access for All program.
The program comes from a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation and is funded through federal coronavirus relief money.
Fourteen online AP classes will be offered for the fall semester, taught by teachers from across the state who signed up to teach for the program.
For school districts in the Chattanooga region, district officials said the program will provide opportunities for students who typically cannot take AP classes and students with scheduling conflicts, as well as training more teachers to teach AP courses.
Angie Gill Tuck, supervisor of data and assessment at Bradley County Schools, said AP classes were typically taught at one of the district’s two high schools. Now, students at both high schools will have more class choices.
“[For] example, classes that we didn’t have enough kids to fill a full class, so you couldn’t pull a teacher to teach that [if you had], say, just four kids that were interested,” Tuck said. “So if we’ve got a couple of kids that are interested in a course, now we can allow them to take that class and we’ll do it several ways.”