By Dominic Estevez
Rumors have been spreading throughout the halls of BVHS that AP and IB classes will be segregated in the near future. With these echoes muddying the issue at hand, it is hard to determine if this is just a rumor or if it is actually going to happen. However, there will be no divisions between AP/IB classes this year.
“I just heard [that AP/IB classes were going to divide] from another student,” senior Rachel Silva said, “but I do not think there are even enough IB students to fill up a classroom.”
The subject has been a particularly touchy subject and has developed some intrigue amongst staff members and students alike. However, this subject was spread mostly by students, who claimed they had heard it from staff members. This added to the confusion and chaos of the entire policy matter. Misinformation made it impossible to determine what was true and what was false. By the time anything had been formally stated about this issue, it was already a Gordian knot of ambiguity and vagueness. Simply attempting to discredit this rumor was met by vivid disagreements.
“This is a complex policy process that should not be discussed publicly until a genuine effort has been made to study the issues completely and then attempt to reach a consensus,” AP/IB english teacher Mr. John Czajkowski said.
The issue of segregation of AP and IB classes was something under consideration by faculty members at BVHS, although nothing had been confirmed. The prime subject under discussion of being segregated were 11th grade English classes because it would happen throughout the entire department. If courses like Biology or Calculus were split into AP and IB classes, the changes would not occur throughout the entire science or math department.
“Like most things, the motive for change is ‘what does the data tell us’,” IB coordinator Mr. Thomas Dunn said.
Statistically speaking, the AP English passage rate last year for BVHS was 47%. At the same time, Eastlake High School, whose English classes focused solely on AP curriculums, achieved an 80% passage rate for the same exam. Discussions between teachers at BVHS were made, but they have been relatively inconclusive. The subject matter has a number advantages, but at the same time, it has many problems.
“I heard the separation being mentioned by an english teacher,” sophomore Josephine Tang said, “I’m not sure if they are actually going to stick together.”
However, the claims that AP/IB classes are being split are merely false rumors.
“[Splitting AP/IB classes] was just an idea proposed by an english teacher,” BVHS principal Bettina Batista said.
The concept that AP/IB classes were going to be split was a notion established by this idea, which had trickled down to students by teachers. In effect, these little factlets were inflated into rumors by students who claimed AP/IB classes were actually going to be separated. Batista argues that the idea to do this has not gone through the correct process. To get proper results, teachers agree discussion about this topic needs to continue for more than a couple months in order to come to a valid agreement.
“If the split were to happen, I think it would split up the efficiency of the classroom,” junior Diego Miranda said, “I feel everyone has the same learning abilities.”
Everyone has differing opinions about the matter, but one thing remains true; nobody is sure about what would happen if this were hastily implemented.
“Making a big decision, such as this one, requires a large amount of time and effort to arrive at the appropriate conclusion,” Batista said, “so I made the decision [to keep the classes together].”
Despite there being arguments for and against the segregation of the courses, the teachers have been separated about it. The choice made by Batista is only a temporary resolution for this matter, yet it remains an area of conflict to be dealt with in the future.
Several teachers had no comment regarding this issue.