Gov. Livingston students who took Advanced Placement (AP) exams for U.S. History, European History, Micro and Macro Economics, and Psychology last May received top scores, beating the national average. As a result of the reputations of these classes and the educators who teach them, these courses are incredibly popular among students.
AP U.S. History is a two-year class at GL. The first course, referred to by students as APUSH I, was taught by April Burke and Jaqueline Bartlett. Benjamin Bolger teaches the second year, APUSH II. In 2019, an overwhelming 93 students took the AP exam for this course and 85% passed.
As one of the most information-heavy courses, the APUSH exam is incredibly difficult. Bolger said, “The class allows you to go into greater depth in U.S. history, analyze documents, and have a better understanding of the nation. The skills practiced in this class will benefit you in college.”
Junior Kelly Donfield, a current student in Bolger’s class said, “I really love his lectures. He really engages the whole class and discusses the history on a more personal and understandable level rather than just from the book.”
AP Micro and Macro Economics is taught by Megan Wranitz. Many schools teach AP Economics as separate classes. But at GL the classes are taught as a full year, with one semester being dedicated to each course. In 2019, 100%