Advanced Placement courses can be hard to find at many schools — I only had two at my high school and I imagine there are many students out there who have never even heard of them. But thanks to innovative programs like Distance Learning, the opportunity is extended to schools that are too small or do not have the resources to offer the course.
AP calculus students at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills are currently partnered with Williams Bay, a high school 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee with enrollment of 185 students. With the help of a video camera, television monitor and microphones, Williams Bay students are able to learn with those at Andover. Despite initial technical concerns, school officials say the class has worked out well for both schools. Students say it’s interesting to be learning with students from a different state (see The Oakland Press story for more info). It would be great to see more Michigan schools working together on these types of learning opportunities and sharing the resources of schools like Andover with those that may be smaller or underfunded.