Look, I get that most of you don't have the time or inclination to fact-check as Charlie and I do (and we still get it wrong sometimes). But please, please do NOT say something as fact unless you can give actual valid numbers.
There was a great discussion going at the thread about Garfield being overcrowded and whether this means the high school APP cohort should be split and where they might go if they had a two-high school cohort or even just shoot them off to their area high school. I think there were some great ideas/analysis (and I hope the district/Board reads it and considers it).
However, there were a couple of places where I read things stated as fact (without real numbers backing it up) and assumptions (without explanation of why that assumption could be true).
To whit, there was this:
"Splitting up APP at the high school level would make many more AP classes available in different high schools."
Of course it would be a plus if more high schools had more AP but how do we know that if we dispersed the APP cohort the district would beef if AP everywhere? If you make a statement like that, could you please explain why you believe it to be true (or false as the case may be)?
My take is this: there is no true APP program at the high school level so the district's attempt to serve those students is to keep them together at Garfield and have a high number of AP classes available. However, Ballard, Roosevelt and others have almost as many. ALL the high schools with a course catalog available online appear to have AP classes. Most of them have at least 4 basic AP classes in LA, math, science and foreign language. (Center appears to only have 2 AP and I can't access Nova's course catalog but I doubt it.)
Then there was this:
And BTW Ingraham offers many AP classes in addition to IB classes. In fact they offer more AP classes than Hale does, and almost as many as Roosevelt. And that's in addition to the full IB class offerings and diploma program.
This struck me as odd because Ingraham is committed to its IB program. To have trained teachers for both IB and AP and offer both types of classes seemed unlikely. I checked and neither Ingraham nor Chief Sealth's course catalogs have AP classes listed. Whoever wrote the above, please check information before you post it (or everyone, take everything with a grain of salt unless the person says how they know this information.)
IB is a very specific program. At Ingraham, anyone can take an IB class (just like anyone can take an AP class save for ones that need specific backgrounds like math or foreign language); you don't have to be in the IB program. So if you want a higher level class at Ingraham, you'd take the IB one. But it would be very difficult for any school to offer both AP and IB.
We are here to help each other. It's fine to state your experience or your opinion but please, if you state something factual explain where you read it/saw it/heard it.