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Academies of Grand Island Senior High expands AP, dual credit offerings; removes student costs


Grand Island Public Schools will now offer Advanced Placement and dual credit class offerings at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High completely free for students. Thanks to expanding partnerships with post-secondary partners at Central Community College, Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska - Kearney, GISH students will be able to earn even more college credit, now at no cost.

"This is a monumental announcement for Grand Island Public Schools, our Board of Education, our post-secondary partners and, most of all, our students," said Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS superintendent. "We are proud to be able to provide this opportunity - free of charge - so our students can get college experiences while still in high school."

Students will be able to leave GISH with a headstart on college, without the added cost.

“Previously, dual credit classes required students to pay for credit,” said Dan Phillips, GIPS Director of Innovation for College and Career Readiness. “We have worked out a new plan with these partners to provide all dual credit classes for GISH students for free. We want to thank CCC, Wayne State and UNK for their help in making this happen.”

Another change is eight of the 17 AP classes GISH will offer this coming year will be both AP and dual credit, so students won’t have to choose between AP and dual credit versions.

“Students can earn college credit while taking an AP class and still take the AP exam at the end of the term,” Phillips said. “This allows students to benefit from state-wide transferability of the dual credit and the nationwide recognition of the AP credit.”

In all, GISH will offer 60 dual credit opportunities. 14 of these are core classes, which are all through Wayne State. The remaining opportunities are embedded in pathway classes. In many cases, one pathway class will include multiple college classes.

“For example, in the Academy of Technical Sciences, students taking the junior-level Principles of Architecture & Design will earn 12 college credits,” Phillips said. “The year-long class includes four CCC classes.”

For the 2020-2021 school year, each Academy has at least two pathway classes that earn college credit. A goal for the district is to get at least one college class opportunity in each of the 20 pathways.

“We keep working with our very helpful post-secondary partners to find new dual credit opportunities that align with our pathways,” Phillips said. “We’ll continue to inch closer to making dual credit an embedded academy experience for all students.”

A complete list of AP and dual credit classes are available at www.gips.org/collegecredit.

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