Even before the first day of class in August, Maura Fritzley had second thoughts about taking Advanced Placement physics.
Although she got good grades in a mainstream physics class, Ms. Fritzley, an 18-year-old senior at Brashear High School here, had no intention of becoming a physicist, and A.P. classes, after all, are hard.
She decided she wanted to drop it, then changed her mind and stayed. And she struggled, a lot.
A.P. physics proved far more difficult than the earlier class.