Dropping AP/Honors courses


Jasmin Avila, Staff Writer

Several students, mainly freshman, have found that when wanting to drop the AVID elective they are met with
the usual, “AVID is a year-long course.” Students across campus have not been allowed to drop a class they deem too
challenging or uninteresting.

AVID isn’t the only class that does not let you drop; classes such as Honors Physics, Honors Math 1/2 , and AP
Lit also do not allow you to drop once you are enrolled.

The topic of not being allowed to drop a class is not only local, but nationwide as student, Andie Thompson,
from East High in Utah took legal measures by contracting a lawyer to aid in an attempt to dropping an AP class, overall
succeeding in abandoning the class. Andie Thompson was unable to easily remove herself from the class, due to her
decision violating the school’s policies.

Dropping a class might may seem bad when seen on a transcript but Christine Sarikas, a Michigan State graduate
and National Merit Finalist, writes how, “Dropping a class is much better for your GPA than failing a class or getting a C
or D in it is because a dropped class does not affect your grade point average. Dropping a class may also raise your GPA
because it can allow you to spend more time on other classes and raise your grades in them.”

Ultimately many students aren’t allowed to drop an AP class. Many decide to drop a class due to it being too
challenging, having an overload of AP classes, or their interests changing.

AP/Honor classes pass rates in the L.A. Unified district have decreased from 41.5% in 2008 to 38.7% in 2015. The
decrease, although seeming bad, shows that there are more students wanting to take AP classes.

Being denied to drop a class may seem rather thoughtless. Since they are given the choice to apply but are denied
when wanting to drop the class they applied to. However, students should take in consideration that many teachers aren’t
allowed to drop students in class due to low enrollment. If enough students drop the class, it may result in the class’s
demise. This may reflect faculty incompetence and result in the closing of the AP and honors system.