Students at a Fulton County school are getting the chance to get some of their college courses out of the way. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, Broadalbin-Perth will now be offering advanced placement classes, designed for the 21st century student.
BROADALBIN, N.Y. -- Mackenzie Young said, "That's really awesome that we're going to have all this technology in front of us."
A nearly half a million dollar state grant is allowing more than a hundred qualified students to take advanced placement courses and get a free laptop.
"The money, first and foremost, will be used to provide training for the teachers that will be teaching these courses, along with a significant amount of technology upgrades," said Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson.
Teacher William Eipp said, "I can design something, put it up on the web, when they come in with their laptops, they'll be able to pull up their homework or quiz right on the laptop and we can evaluate it and do it in class."
This will be the first time students here will be able to take AP classes since 2006.
"I'm really excited about it, it's disappointing we didn't have this before, but now we can have more credits transfer," said Lily Maier.
Guidance counselor Charla Simonson said, "Depending on where they go to college, some will accept college credits and some will only accept AP credits."
The school already offers college courses. By now combining six different AP courses, students are excited over the possibility of taking enough classes in high school to skip requirements during their freshman year of college.
Young said, "We could potentially enter as sophomores, which would be really nice if we could get a whole year of classes out of the way."
"The English one and I want to take the calculus and maybe the history," said Emily Spraggs.
The grant will also cover the costs of AP exams, something students normally have to pay $89 a course for.