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WASHINGTON (AP) — Public school students are heading back to class in the District of Columbia, and the city's high schools are offering more Advanced Placement classes than ever.
For the first time this year, city high schools are required to offer at least six AP courses. While some school districts require students to take a qualifying test to enroll in AP classes, the courses in the District are open to all.
Students who fare well enough on AP exams can earn college credit.
Over the past five years, participation in AP classes by District students is up 52 percent. More than 2,700 students took at least one AP exam last year, up from 1,700 in 2010.
The first day of classes is Monday.