RENO, NV - If you don't understand what teacher Kim Gerlach is saying, because it's in Spanish, you are not alone.
You probably should take her Advanced Placement Spanish course first.
This class is for second-year students, Advanced Placement Spanish Literature.
This is Carlos Perez's fourth AP class of the day, right behind government, English, and statistics.
“Yeah, it's more challenging as opposed to doing simple. I like to challenge myself, get further, excel beyond,” says Perez.
And if he passes the test at the end of the year, he could earn credit toward college.
AP classes like this go on every day here at Hug and all other high schools in Washoe County.
Teachers like them because they can help prepare students for what higher education is all about.
Students like them because they look good on a resume, and they can save a family money--if they can take the class at no cost in high school instead of college.
But there is one drawback; the AP test which AP students are required to to take here at Hug can cost a student $100 dollars per class.
And that has posed a barrier for some students, says Gerlach.
”Well, in the past, paying for an AP exam or paying for multiple exams is something that has held students back from taking AP. So absolutely, if there was the comfort of knowing when you get to February or March when the fees are due, if you didn't have to pay them before the year started, I imagine there would be more students who would enroll in it, and be able to take advantage of the benefits of AP,” says the Hug High teacher.
The Education Department says the grants are designed to help pay AP test fees for low-income students.
While the scope may be narrow, such a move can open up access to a more diversified group of students and tap into their unrealized potential.