Four Advanced Placement course have been added to the Carrboro High School curriculum after parents complained the new school was being shortchanged.
AP biology, AP chemistry, AP French and AP Latin all will be offered next year, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools Superintendent Neil Pedersen said Thursday.
The classes will have lower enrollments than their counterparts at Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill high schools. AP Latin, for example, only has six Carrboro High students signed up, Pedersen said.
“These are stretch in terms of numbers, but we do recognize the school has to go through sort of a transition period,” Pedersen said of the school now entering its second year.
Jenny Kopczynski, the parent of a rising Carrboro High sophomore, was pleased. Her son now will get to take AP chemistry.
“I think the school board and Dr. Pedersen have a difficult challenge,” she said.
“The definition of educational equity does not mean the course selection is identical. But it needs to be roughly similar across the board.”
William Ilgen, the grandparent of a rising Carrboro High junior, still is unsatisfied. His grandson wants to take AP physics, so the additional courses won’t help him.
Ilgen said parents were told that Carrboro High students would be given the same opportunities as students at the other two high schools.
School administrators didn’t say “that the consequences of having a smaller school are going to be that is that students at upper levels are not going to be able to count on courses that they absolutely need for college," Ilgen said.