By Jaime Aguilar ’21
The AP Spanish course is a course exclusive to only sophomores. The program is ran by Mark Williams, a college counselor. The program started sending out acceptance letters on Jan. 25. The course itself will end on May 7. The students attending this course will have to take part in the AP Spanish exams that day to determine if they pass or fail.
“First, we had to take an entrance exam in advisory followed by another test to cut down the number of people in the actual class. Finally, we took a simulation of the AP exam,” explained a sophomore, Gregorio Chavez. Chavez is a student that got in the course because he passed that entrance exam.
The workload that is provided in the course is homework. The homework that is given must be completed within a two week period. Helen Delgado, a sophomore, mentioned that the course is a bit stressful in regards to balancing the workload. The two week period helps her release that stress.
Chavez mentioned that he feels “confident in [his] ability to perform well in this course.”
He continued by explaining how he “was raised by parents who only speak Spanish, so [he has] plenty of experience speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.” Chavez already has that background of Spanish just like Delgado. Delgado’s first language was Spanish; it was the first language she was exposed to growing up.
Pritzker has a majority of Spanish speaking students. Chavez mentioned that this amount of people made him have a sense of pressure in speaking the language fluently.
“The difficulty level is not super hard that we won’t be able to do it but also not very easy, it is up to our level”, this is how Delgado feels about the rigor of the course. This amount of rigor is expected in an AP course.
Chavez said, “Given that we are speaking formal Spanish I would say the course is difficult, having to look for our own resources further complicates [it] given its non-traditional style.” With his given background, Chavez still has to think more than before.
The outcome of passing this course with a high score allows students to get college credit. “I chose to be in this course because of the college credit I would be getting, it can potentially be one less college course I need to take,” this is Delgado’s reason as to why she chose this course. Chavez explained, “I wanted to be in the course because it’s an AP class and one that can help me financially in college.” Colleges see students as numbers on a sheet of paper, the more impressive it is, the higher the chance of that student to get accepted in that college. The AP Spanish course helps with that. On top of that all, students get more experience under their belts when it comes to Spanish.