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KU Blueprint classes add a new way to get college credit

Classes help student avoid stressful AP exams while still preparing for college
Maya Smith
Senior Destiny Savannah engages in Blueprint classes to propel her into college with a head start.

Jayhawk Blueprint classes are a relatively new addition to the curriculum for juniors and seniors at LHS.

But the classes are proving popular as enrollment has skyrocketed in the past few years.

These classes are similar to Advanced Placement classes also offered at LHS. Both AP and Blueprint classes give high school students opportunities to learn college material and earn college credit.

“They’re essentially the same course,” AP US History and Blueprint History 128 and 129 teacher Valerie Schrag said. “The only difference is how you get your credit.”

Although they are similar, the main difference is that with AP classes, students need to score at least a three during a end-of-the-year exam to receive college credit. This college credit is accepted by most universities around the country. On the other hand, Blueprint classes only give KU credit, which students can transfer to other universities that accept KU credits.

Another difference between the two is the cost. Blueprint classes are more expensive to enroll in than AP exams. Either way, both are drastically cheaper than taking the same class in college.

Although it’s the main component of the class, the exam is optional. Some students take AP classes just for the advanced material and GPA benefits.

For students who are looking for college credit without the effort of an AP class, Blueprint classes have similar material, and there’s no single credit-determining exam.

“If it’s a test anxiety thing, maybe 128 or 129 is better,” Schrag said. “Not because there aren’t tests, but because there isn’t that big national exam.”

You can take your first AP class as a freshman in AP Human Geography. Most of the time however, students take their first AP class their junior year. As for Blueprint classes, they are only offered for juniors and seniors.

Students are offered a much wider variety of classes to choose from when they become upperclassmen. Junior Olivia Monroe feels like she made the right choice by taking a Blueprint class rather than an AP.

“I feel like I’m learning a lot, but it’s not too much work,” Monroe said.

LHS continues to offer students more opportunities, especially to prepare students for college. Blueprint classes, AP classes and classes through the College and Career Center are some of many ways that students can cater their schedules to benefit their interests after high school.

“I chose to take the KU Blueprint class because I think it’s beneficial going into college,” senior Shea Rowley said. “You’re getting the credit and curriculum at the same time.”

With the differences in mind, it is hard to say which one is better. Both classes add a .5 to a student’s weighted GPA.

If you’re thinking of taking either a Jayhawk Blueprint class or an AP class, the most important thing is that you’re willing to put in the work. Both require a lot more attention than an on-level course in the same subject.

“There is rarely a night with no homework,” Schrag said. “But at the same time, my students have repeatedly said that it is one of the most rewarding experiences they’ve had. Because with hard work comes great success and great understanding.”

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Mimi Rosado, Reporter
I am a first-year writer on the journalism staff. When I'm not writing, you can find me at the gym or hanging out with my friends. I am very excited to be on staff this year, and excited to work alongside my peers.
Maya Smith, Red and Black Co-Editor in Chief

I am a second year editor-in-chief of the Red and Black Yearbook and have been on staff for three years. I am considered a jack of all trades - I take photos, write, design, and do lots and lots of live reporting. When I’m not working on journalism, I’m a part of IPS, Student Council, Unified Sports, Link Crew, and Hang12.

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