As Leeds City Schools graduates its 15thclass since becoming an independent district, Leeds High School is launching an ambitious plan to offer more challenging classes for Leeds’ high achievers.
LHS is adding three more Advanced Placement classes in the coming school year, bringing the total to 11 AP classes.
Leeds Superintendent John J. Moore said the district is “happy to announce that we will continue to add to our Advanced Placement offerings for 2019-20.”
“AP courses prepare our students for work at the next level, and as an A+ College Ready School of Distinction, one of two such high schools in Alabama, we are thankful more students will begin college with a ‘leg up,’” Moore said.
The three new AP classes are government, Spanish and environmental science.
The teachers of those courses will receive training over the summer to be ready to teach the higher-level courses. Students receive college credit if they pass an exam at the end of the class.
Leeds High School received the School of Distinction designation because of the high number of students passing AP exams.
LHS already offers AP statistics, computer science, calculus, biology, chemistry, English for 11thand 12thgrades and U.S. history.
LHS Principal Rayford Williams said offering tougher classes improves a school’s culture for learning and excellence.
“It helps the culture of the school when you offer advanced offerings,” Williams said. “It bleeds into the regular classes as well when more emphasis is placed on academics.”