My son is a rising senior in one of the schools in Georgia. He had signed up for four APs for his senior year namely, AP Physics 2, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB and AP computer Science A. He is a strong student (straight A’s).
Because of the pandemic and his being asthmatic, he has chosen to go for virtual learning this year. And the only choices he is offered through his school are doing AP Physics 2 and AP Computer Science via GAVS (Georgia Virtual School). He is, however, not sure about the quality of instruction via GaVS for his AP classes. If anybody has a first hand experience with them, please share your experience and feedback.
He has to take AP Calculus AB via Edgenuity (with the support of his county’s teacher, they say). But primary instruction would be via Edgenuity only, a platform whose reviews on the Net are horrible. So looks like he will have to do Calculus on his own, for the most part. He is a strong student though and we might have a few sessions with a private tutor, if needed. For AP Chemistry, he’ll get to learn from one of his school Board teachers. So he should be fine with that.
He is already enrolled with Clayton State university(community college) for his dual enrollment English class. So he does have an option to switch from AP to DE for Calculus, Physics and Computer Science classes. Our dilemma is whether to switch or not. Since he plans to do his college in Canada(he is a Canadian citizen), getting AP credits would be nice but he can always take AP tests at the end of the year for that. My question is if somebody could tell how different is the content of AP classes from DE classes for Physics, Calculus and CS? Taking DE instead of AP’s online might make his life easier and could be a good option if course content is almost similar and he is prepared for AP exams with a little extra prep. Any suggestion on that will be really helpful.
Another option in my mind is to withdraw from school and go for homeschooling instead. In which case, he can do his AP classes from AP Homeschoolers Pennsylvania or John’s Hopkins CTY etc. that have way better quality of education than Edgenuity and GAVS, offered by his school. But the concern is that they don’t give a diploma and we’ll have to make our own diploma as a homeschooler that might not be a good idea esp. as he is planning to join colleges in Canada or India. Any thoughts or suggestions on that are much appreciated.
All of us are going through real tough times and have to take difficult decisions in these unprecedented times of uncertainty. Any suggestions that could help us take a right decision would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance!