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Now I have moved from freshman-level honors classes to sophomore honors and AP classes, and I’m finding it way more difficult than I expected. 

My Overloaded Sophomore Year Buffet Plate

Elijah Kriwinsky, Staff Writer October 28, 2022

After an incredible summer filled with camps and waterparks, I went back to school.  I had a successful freshman year, did well academically and got involved with a lot of activities, so for my sophomore...

Beachwood students are accelerated in math as early as 3rd grade, and once a student is on that track, it is very hard to leave.  The vast difference in the educational tracks becomes more significant as the number of options decrease as they progress through the school.

Want to Improve Student Mental Health? Reduce AP Course Loads

Ben Lawrence and Greg Perryman October 10, 2021

Tonight, many BHS students will complete an egregious amount of homework. They will read several chapters of a book assigned from their high level English class, complete an assignment from a college level...

For the most part teachers are really excited because of the resources that will be available to the students, said guidance counselor and AP coordinator Liz Osicki.

College Board Updates AP Programs

Vivian Li, Editor-in-Chief September 12, 2019

The College Board is changing the curriculum of some AP courses and making new resources available to students and teachers beginning this year. One major change is an earlier exam registration date...

With school buildings empty, the College Board has adapted exams for an at-home format.

College Credit Plus

Carrington Peavy, Staff Writer October 5, 2018

In 2015, The Ohio Department for Higher Education instituted a new program called College Credit Plus (CCP), which allows students as young as 7th grade to take courses at colleges such as Tri-C, Cleveland...

Until recently, AP classes were primarily for upperclassmen. Photo from Beachcomber archives.

BHS Offers AP US History to Freshmen

Prerna Mukherjee, Staff Writer October 24, 2016

In recent years, BHS students have had the opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes in their freshman year. Currently, AP US History is the only course offered to all freshmen. BHS guidance...

Photo by Ben Connor

Freshmen Taking Chemistry This Year

Ben Connor, Staff Writer October 17, 2016

Incoming freshmen are now required to take chemistry, a course which was previously offered primarily to sophomores and juniors. Until 2014, freshmen took physical science, a class no longer offered...

AP Government and AP Microeconomics students took part in a one-legged relay for team building. Photo by Ben Connor

Kicking Off With Team Building

Justin Dubin, Staff Writer August 29, 2016

Social studies teachers Pam Ogilvy and Greg Deegan have found a new way to welcome students back into their classrooms this year. “Mr. Deegan and I decided to do some team building for our students,”...

Cartoon from archives by Erlein Tacastacas.

Want to Raise Our School’s National Ranking? Try This

Jinle Zhu, Staff Writer April 24, 2015

In recent years, district administrators have sought to increase the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses. Over the last three years, the school increased AP enrollment 53%, and bumped...

Image Source: Sayurta via Wikimedia Commons.

Responses Mixed to Increased AP Enrollment

Alex Machtay, Staff Writer October 14, 2014

The administration has made it a goal over the past two years to increase enrollment in AP classes, a move which has been largely successful, resulting in both excitement over new opportunities and dismay...

Activists showed up at Beachwood Board of Education meetings in March after the district sent an email to families about a mandatory assembly.

Is Beachwood Taking a Private School Approach?

Beachcomber Staff September 1, 2014

District administrators have made a series of moves in recent years to make the district more competitive with other schools: increasing AP enrollment with the result of improved national rankings, the...

Until recently, AP classes were primarily for upperclassmen. Photo from Beachcomber archives.

Weighted Grades Remain Possibility for C+ in AP / Honors Classes

Emily Dann, with reporting by Jon Shapiro, Staff Writer June 3, 2014

As Beachwood administrators sought to increase enrollment in AP classes last school year, one idea that circulated was to weight grades for AP and honors students receiving a C+ or greater. Many students...

What Goes Into a Teachers Course Recommendation?

What Goes Into a Teacher’s Course Recommendation?

Emily Topilow, Features Editor December 14, 2013

Students will soon be sitting in the guidance office once again picking classes for next year. Many will be faced with the choice of whether to pick a light load or to pile on the Advanced Placement classes....

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