The developers of AP Physics 1 and 2 intended the new courses to cause a revolution in the way high school physics is taught in the US.
In Florida, Monroe and Seminole Counties are the leaders in the revolution.
According to Florida Department of Education figures, 8,673 students are taking AP Physics 1 or 2 in the state’s public schools this spring. Of those, 7,667 are taking AP Physics 1; the other 1,006 are taking AP Physics 2.
Monroe and Seminole Counties are leading the AP Physics 1 and 2 charge, with about 35 students taking AP Physics 1 or 2 per 1000 high school students. Seminole is a traditional math and science powerhouse, while Monroe County’s AP enrollment numbers have jumped significantly this year as the district has joined the National Math and Science Institute’s College Readiness Program.