by Elise Tran, Staff Writer
Over summer, four academic prep classes are available on the Fountain Valley High School campus to prepare students for the next school year. The prep classes available is remediation Spanish, Advanced Alacement (AP) Calculus AB, Algebra II/Trigonometry and chemistry.
The prep classes are voluntary, so they do not count as credits, receive a grade or play a part in the placement of the classes for next year. The goal of the prep classes are to ensure the student’s success in getting a higher grade for the next year. The classes cost from $160 to $175. However, the cost of the class can be at half price if the student is eligible reduced or free lunch.
One session is offered for remediation Spanish which is taught by Michael Chappell in room 234. The session is from Aug 7 through Aug 25, Monday through Friday. The class is held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and costs $170.
AP Calculus AB, taught by Shannon Atkins, is held from June 19 to July 6 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m in room 110. As the highest preparatory course, it is the most expensive, costing $175.
Atkins also offers another prep class: Algebra 2/Trigonometry prep also held in room 110. It’s from June 19 to July 6 Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The fee is $160.
Jake Lee offers two chemistry prep classes. Both prep classes are from June 19 through June 30 and are from Monday through Friday. The first class takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second class takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Each class contains approximately 20 students. These classes were created to benefit the students after teachers saw some students need extra help.
“Students needed a little more background or foundation going into those courses and I wanted to provide that for them,” said Atkins.
The teachers try different ways of teaching whether it be an outside activity, treats or various learning techniques in order to keep the students engaged during the two to three hours of class.
“So, I show the students some of the more difficult topics in the summer and then that way during the school year they’re seeing them for the second time and you know how you see something for the second time it feels a little bit easier,” said Atkins. “So that’s the biggest difference that I’ve seen [with students that took the class].”
Register online at the Huntington Beach Adult School website.