Building Strong AP ® Programs at Small Rural Schools. Small School Advantages. Small rural schools can provide: a safer place for students a more positive, challenging environment higher achievement higher graduation rates fewer discipline problems
Small rural schools can provide:
—Smaller, Saner, Safer, Successful Schools.
(Nathan and Thao, Center for School Change)
“Small schools striving to raise academic expectations and standards need to do more than just tell students they value academic excellence. They need to show them.”
—Gerry BeelerPrincipalMid-Prairie High SchoolWellman, Iowa
“AP courses not only provide students enrolled in them with outstanding academic opportunities, but they also can have the added benefit of raising the academic standard for the entire school…It's important that students both in large school districts and in rural ones have access to AP.”
— Jeff BingamanU.S. SenatorNew Mexico