Moving Beyond the AP
At GFA, our curriculum has grown and changed over the years, but our commitment to partnership with students, excellence in academics, and the centrality of purpose has never wavered. As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation, we have intensively examined the role of APs to consider whether they engender the highest level of excellence our students are capable of. Based on this research, GFA has decided to phase out AP courses over the next two years to make room for a curriculum that challenges students at the top end of their abilities in accordance with our mission and core values. This is an extraordinary opportunity to put our students’ exceptional talents and ambitions in the driver’s seat; it will allow our world-class faculty to mentor them as they chart their own paths of inquiry, produce original work, and prepare for lives of purpose in college and beyond. To learn more, please explore some of the resources below.
- What made GFA reconsider Advanced Placement Courses?
- What schools have moved beyond the AP designation or have never used the AP curricula? See below for a sampling.
- What does the GFA faculty think?
- What kinds of courses will replace AP offerings at GFA?
- What kinds of courses will GFA offer that go beyond APs?
- Will the absence of AP courses on the transcript negatively affect GFA students’ college-admission prospects?
- Will students lose the opportunity to receive college credit by not taking AP courses?
- Will GFA continue to offer AP Exams? Will the school prepare students for AP Exams?
GFA engages students as partners in an innovative, inclusive, and globally minded community to prepare them for a life of purpose.
Partners: Our students collaborate with teachers to develop their voices to effect change, to become lifelong learners who take ownership of their educations, and to have an instinct for self-reflection that builds character and drives improvement.
Innovative: Building on a demanding curriculum, our faculty seeks innovative and effective methods to help students cultivate the skills and habits of mind necessary to excel.
Inclusive: GFA strives to create a diverse community that values the identities, perspectives, and experiences of all its members.
Globally Minded: We empower our students to discover their place in the world and help them to become globally competent citizens engaged in building a sustainable future.