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Record Numbers Enroll in AP Classes

Record numbers of students in the Long Beach Unified School District have enrolled in Advanced Placement courses this year, helping them to earn college credit while still in high school, giving them a competitive edge and potentially saving their parents thousands of dollars on college tuition. A total of 4,094 students have enrolled in AP courses for the 2006-07 school year, up from 2,309 in 2000-01. The number of students in these college preparatory courses has increased steadily since the school district began a concerted effort to prepare more students for success in college and beyond. Long Beach Unified was one of the first school districts to pay for and require students to take the PSAT exam in tenth grade, helping to identify more students who have the potential to attend college. The school district in recent years also has provided AP Summer Bridge workshops for hundreds of students new to Advanced Placement courses. The overall increase in AP enrollment here has included significant increases for each of the district’s major ethnic and racial groups.