Dear AP Student
I am writing to you today to bring you up to speed with the latest developments pertaining to the delivery of and eventual testing for AP classes at Mifflin County High School. First, I would like to thank all of the teachers for their outstanding efforts to continue to provide students with quality review and enrichment for their AP (and other) classes. They have done an outstanding job and will continue to do so. I also want to tell you how sorry I am that our school year has been cut short by this terrible pandemic, it has certainly been an unprecedented time for all of us. To you seniors, I want to tell you how sorry I am that your last year has been cut short and that we have missed many milestone events that seniors in the past have been able to enjoy.
With regard to the AP classes and exams, teachers will continue to offer a wide range of review and enrichment opportunities in a variety of venues for the rest of the academic year. College Boards has published the AP test schedule for the spring and it is published on their website (apcentral.collegeboard.org). In addition, they have published the fact that the tests will be done online and will have no multiple choice questions and will be timed at 45 minutes/exam. We have been informed by some parents that there are colleges and universities that are not accepting the scores for the abbreviated AP exams for college credit this year. We have also had others express concerns about taking online exams given the issue of connectivity for some students in the county. Due to these two factors the following will be in place for the 2019-2020 School Year only:
- AP exams will be optional for students this year. While we encourage you to take the exam(s) for the AP courses you have taken, we are not going to mandate them because of the concerns listed above. If you choose not to take the exam this year, I am asking that you email your AP teacher and Mrs. Girts, school counselor, to let them know.
- In order to make an informed decision, we highly encourage you to contact the colleges and universities you will be attending to see if they are going to accept the AP scores this year. If they are then you should definitely consider taking the exam, especially in light of all of the work you have put into these classes. The decision however is up to you and your parents/guardians.
- If internet access is the main concern about taking the online AP exam, please remember that you are welcome to come to the high school and sit outside the school and access the MCSD wireless network. In addition, College Board has offered to assist with technical assistance so please check out this offer on the website mentioned above (apcentral.collegeboard.org).
- If you opt out of taking the exam(s), please make sure you notify Mrs. Girts and your AP teacher by Monday, May 4, 2020.
- Once we have a completed list of students who did and did not take the exams, we will work at issuing refund checks for the exams. If you are taking them and still owe for the tests, please mail a check made out to the Mifflin County High School to the address listed above on the letterhead. On the memo line, please write “AP exams”.
I want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to your education. I know these are very trying times but we will press on and work at this together. If you have questions, please feel free to email me or call the school and leave a voice message. I check them every day. Above all else, please be stay safe and healthy.
Mark A. Crosson
Mifflin County High School