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AP Summer Bridge Provides a Taste of Advanced Placement Classes

This summer, students who will be in grades nine through 12 during the 2019-20 school year are invited to learn more about AP (Advanced Placement) classes offered by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools by spending a day at the AP Summer Bridge.

The AP Summer Bridge will be held on July 15 at the Career Center. The cost is $50. Scholarships are available.

For more information, go to AP Summer Bridge.

Bridge 44 By Kim Underwood

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

APRIL 22, 2019 – Yes, North Forsyth students Christian Mumford and Ivan Munoz have found that taking an Advanced Placement class is challenging and requires more work than some other classes.

It’s also true, though, that they have picked up knowledge and learned skills that are serving them well.

For both, it was a good choice.

“I am glad I did,” Mumford said.

“It has helped me a lot,” Munoz said.

This year, Mumford, who is a junior, is taking two AP courses at North – AP U.S. History and AP English Language & Composition.

In addition to enjoying what she is learning, she appreciates the fringe benefits. For one, it is helping her with the next step – going to college.

“I want to get college credit while I am in high school, and I get it for free,” Mumford said.

For another, through the support of Michelle Macklin, who teaches AP Language & Composition, she has learned skills that serve her in other classes.

“She is a wonderful teacher,” Mumford said. “She is one of those teachers who care.”

Munoz, who is a senior, is also taking AP English Language & Composition. He is taking it from another teacher – Callie Cullen. She, too, is an excellent teacher, he said.

“She has really helped me a lot,” he said. “She is more dedicated to us learning than about the curriculum.”

“She even set up after-school sessions.”

For Munoz, the decision to take an AP class came after mulling it over.

“I had to think about it,” he said. “It was my own decision.”

He has sometimes struggled, he said, with analyzing what he reads. For him, poetry could be particularly perplexing.

Taking the course might help him become better at analyzing, he thought. “I thought it might me with my issues.”

Bridge 22 It has indeed.

“It has helped me a lot,” he said.

One way that has shown up is growing more comfortable with writing essays. That’s true not only of the essays he writes for school but others as well.

“It helped me to write the essay to apply to college,” Munoz said.

For Mumford, there was never any question in her mind about whether she could meet the challenge of taking AP classes. It was more a question of whether she wanted to put in the effort.

“My laziness gets in the way of my brilliance,” she said and smiled.

Some of her friends urged her to steer clear of AP classes.

“Lots of work,” they told her.

Her guidance counselor urged her to think about the possibility.

“I am glad she did,” Mumford said. “I needed to someone to encourage me.” 

Munoz plans to start out at Forsyth Technical Community College. After completing the program there, he envisions going to a university in North Carolina – Wake Forest, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Western Carolina, East Carolina.

Munoz expects to pursue a career in the health sciences.

Mumford enjoys sports – she plays on the North Forsyth softball team – and she plans to go into sports medicine. She has not yet decided which university is at the top of her list. She does know she wants to attend a historically black college or university such as Winston Salem State, N.C. A&T, N.C. Central.

Both Mumford and Munoz highly recommend taking AP classes to other students – as long as you’re willing to commit to giving it your all.

“If you’re going to do it, do it right,” Mumford said. 

At the AP Summer Bridge, rising ninth to 12th grade students interested in – or already in enrolled in – Advanced Placement courses may participate in three different courses.

According to promotional release:

“Students will prepare for rigorous AP curriculum with the assistance of experienced College Board certified AP teachers from various WS/FC high schools.”

“Students will learn how the rigor associated with AP courses requires them to manage their time, prioritize options, and organize responsibilities.”

“Sessions may include an in-depth study of literary analysis, critical problem solving, and advanced writing skills.”

“Sessions will include an orientation to the AP course curriculum with opportunities to practice higher-level strategies for complex assignments.”

The cost is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available.

The AP Summer Bridge will be held Monday, July 15 from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Career Center at 910 Highland Court. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 24. If not enough people sign up for a particular class, it may not be offered. For more information, go to AP Summer Bridge.

AP Courses Being Offered:

  1. Biology
  2. Environmental Science
  3. Human Geography
  4. Psychology
  5. Statistics
  6. English Language & Composition
  7. S. History
  8. Calculus
  9. World History
  10. Computer Science
  11. Literature and Composition
  12. Chemistry



Kim Underwood