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An Opposing View

Anne Arundel

AP and IB Participation Holds Steady
Christen Dressel is a senior at South River High School. She loves her Advanced Placement courses.

Arlington

They're Up for a Challenge
Among the four, the Wakefield has the largest proportion of low-income students -- 54 percent -- and of minorities.

District

D.C. Schools Rank 23rd in Region on Challenge Index
Benjamin Banneker Academic, Bell Multicultural and Woodrow Wilson high schools continue to have strong Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

Fairfax County

County Students Pile On AP, IB Courses
Fairfax County students take a heavier load of college-level courses than students in any other large school district in the country.

Howard County

County AP Program Remains Strong
Most Howard County high schools maintained their strong Advanced Placement programs this year.

Loudoun County

AP Program In Loudoun Remains Strong
Loudoun County schools had a 49 percent increase in Advanced Placement tests this year.

Prince William

A Boost in High School Courses at College Level
Kay Barcus has more experience with Advanced Placement, and its alternatives, than most parents in Prince William County.

Southern Maryland

Advanced Courses Expand in Scope
Kim Reeves's daughter took two Advanced Placement English courses at La Plata High School, and they were not easy.

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