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For the first time in 2019, Pioneer High School will be able to use federal Title IV funds to cover the cost for students to take final Advanced Placement exams, officials said.


The program is a result of a team effort amongst Pioneer's Curriculum Department, Guidance Department, and District Office. 


The AP program has been growing in cost and participation. In 2018, 106 Pioneer students took 153 AP exams at a cost of over $13,000. In 2019, 141 students are scheduled to take 223 AP exams, which would normally cost nearly $19,000. Now that expense is eliminated through use of Title funds.


Principal Mark Schultz said, "As the principal, I am thrilled to afford the opportunity to participate in AP courses without a financial barrier.  Pioneer has made it a priority to give our students access to AP content regardless of economic hardship.  


"In addition, our faculty has consistently added more AP course offerings," Mr. Schultz added. 


John Krumpek, AP testing coordinator and Pioneer school counselor, said that AP courses are college-level courses offered to students with the support of Pioneer High School teachers.  


"This helps prepare our students for the rigor of college and, if they score high enough, they may earn college credit while in high school," Mr. Schultz said.