East Central High School is a quiet place during the summer. Quiet, but not empty. On the fourth floor, eight students work diligently to get a head start on their upcoming calculus classes. They meet voluntarily for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for a few weeks before school starts.
AP/IB teacher David Lanning oversees the annual summer learning opportunity. He supervises as students work together at whiteboards to solve problems from their textbooks.
“I encourage [collaboration], to be able to explain it to each other,” said Mr. Lanning.
And it’s effective -- he said more students are passing their AP exams since they started having these review sessions five years ago.
Jessica Jaramillo will be a junior at ECHS next school year. Math is her favorite subject, and she is planning to study engineering after she graduates. This class helps her stay on track to meet her goals.
“I thought it would give me more opportunities for the future,” said Jessica.
In August, eight or so more students will join the class to review other calculus sections and prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.
To find out more about the AP program at ECHS, click here.