AP course cuts at Wooster City Schools trouble some parents, students

WOOSTER – A recent announcement by Wooster City Schools that some advanced courses will be canceled next school year has sparked debate in the school community about what the district should offer, what it can offer and what is feasible.

The bottom line, said Board of Education member Danielle Schantz, “This is a public school that must serve all enrolled students.”

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Schantz made the statement during the April 26 school board meeting, when a student contacted the board, upset over cuts he said would hurt his college plans. Comments from others who were not present were read at the meeting.

Advanced Placement Research, AP Biology, AP Physics 2, and AP Stats are among the courses on the chopping block.

Balancing student needs with a variety of educational options

Superintendent Gabe Tudor said the district is trying to balance the needs of “what I would call our elite academics” with those who “may have a different focus and needs.”

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He dispelled the belief of some that college credit plus courses are emphasized over AP in high school.

“We value CCP no more than AP,” Tudor said, noting that the option chosen depends on a student’s goals.

“If you go to liberal arts college, CCP probably isn’t a good option,” he said. “If you’re going to Kent, CCP is probably a pretty good option for you.”