Questionable Steps to join AP art portfolio


At Friends Academy, in order to take AP art portfolio, there is a requirement to take a lineup of art classes. For example, one pathway is taking studio art 1, 2, and 3. While most kids take these classes for the sole purpose of an art credit, they do not have to worry about which specific ones they take. In my case, I was not informed as an incoming freshman about what I would need to do to meet this prerequisite. Thus, I began taking classes for credits, until I recently had to alter my schedule in order to try and get into AP art for senior year. In addition, since I take aces, I have less time to take any electives. It should be people judging your work and seeing if you are prepared to take the class or not have any prerequisites at all. Although I do get it because they need something to make sure they have people who are actually very interested in art and not just taking the class for the AP.

I decided to interview Mrs. Fisk to get a different point of view! She states that “the prerequisites are there to make sure people that take the electives should be in AP. People should not take the class thinking it’s an easy AP because it is an AP that needs a lot of time and effort. It is something you have to commit to.” Mrs. Fisk needs something to go off of and she uses your work in those electives as an example of what your work will look like in the AP and if you should be in the class or not. I still think there could be a better way to do this, but I do understand why they do it.