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Release: Nov. 6, 2001

Belin-Blank Center offers information session on Advanced Placement (AP) Academy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa educators interested in learning more about the Iowa Online Advanced Placement (AP) Academy can sit in on an information session Thursday, Dec. 6. The session, which will be broadcast over the Iowa Communication Network (ICN) to 17 sites around Iowa, will run from 4 to 5 p.m. and will include a presentation about the Academy as well as a question-and-answer period.

The Iowa Online AP Academy was established to deliver AP courses to high school students across the state using Apex Learning online technology and the ICN. AP courses give high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credit while still in high school. The focus for the program is on rural and small schools in Iowa, although it is available to any accredited public and private school in Iowa.

The Iowa Online AP Academy is funded through a two-year grant of almost $1.6 million awarded to the University of Iowa's Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Secured with the help of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, it is the largest federal grant ever given to Iowa specifically for AP courses. The grant was awarded to the Belin-Blank Center by the Iowa Department of Education. Tuition costs for students and teachers registered through the Academy will be covered by the grant.

A number of opportunities exist for students and teachers through the Iowa Online AP Academy, all of which will be discussed at the information session. Those opportunities include:

  • Schools that register by Dec. 15 will be eligible to enroll students in one-semester AP courses for the second semester. Full year and one-semester courses will also be available for fall 2002 via ICN and Apex Learning formats.
  • Online review sessions for the AP exams in May will be available for all students enrolled in AP courses.
  • Tuition costs for the Summer 2002 Advanced Placement Teacher Training at the University of Iowa and professional development courses online through APEX will be covered by the grant.

The information session broadcast can be seen in Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Clear Lake, Council Bluffs, Creston, Cylinder, Dubuque, Elkader, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Johnston, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Sioux Center and Sioux City. Information about the exact location of the ICN room, or for other details about the Iowa Online AP Academy, contact Clar Baldus, project administrator, at 800/336-6463 or through email at clar-baldus@uiowa.edu. More information is also available online at http://iowaAPacademy.org.