More Calcasieu students take AP courses - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

More Calcasieu students take AP courses

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - More students are striving to gain college credit early.

The Louisiana Department of Education said a record number of students took advanced placement courses last year.

Calcasieu Parish administrators said their numbers match up and more students continue to take AP courses and exams each year.

"In the last ten years it has gone from roughly 500 taking AP in our parish to over 1,500 kids, so you've seen it triple in the past ten years," said Advanced Study Consultant for Calcasieu Parish School Board, Nicole Fontenot.

Philip Stelly works at Southwest Louisiana Veterinary Clinic each summer. He's now a junior at LSU and said AP courses at Sulphur High School prepared him for the next phase.

"They do set you up for college," said Stelly. "They prepare your mind in a certain way where you're wondering how or why."

Stelly is going to school to become a veterinarian. He said his AP courses were challenging but worth it.

"I wanted to be in a group of students where they wanted to learn and they wanted to be there and I wanted to earn college credit," said Stelly.

District administrators said the courses help students in more areas than just education.

"It teaches you life skills about working through tough situations and not quitting is one of the biggest ones that they learn being in an AP class," said Fontenot. "The other is critical thinking and verbal communication skills."

Those are skills that Stelly said he uses at his job daily.    

"It helped me in work," said Stelly. "I want to do the best I can and it just kind of sets you up for succeeding."

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