Middle school students in Clark County may soon be able to take classes similar to the advance placement classes that have been offered at the high school level for many years.
Clark County Schools have applied to be part of the third cohort of schools in AdvanceKentucky, a collaboration between the National Math and Science Initiative and the Kentucky Department of Education to provide pre-advance placement classes to middle school students.
The goal of the initiative is to expand access to, participation in and success of underrepresented students in advanced placement classes in math, science and English, which Clark County Superintendent Elaine Farris said is very important.
"This would have open enrollment, or what I like to say, 'Whosoever, let them come,' which would make more rigorous content available to all students," said Farris. "Oftentimes some of the policies we have are barriers, so certain kids don't feel comfortable, or they are not motivated or encouraged to take AP classes. This removes barriers for those students."