Adama Bah is a junior at La Follette High School who is taking several advanced placement classes.

Junior Adama Bah is taking her first round of advanced placement courses at La Follette High School as the Madison Metropolitan School District aims to grow participation in higher-level classes among black and Latinx students.

“I made my own decision to take AP classes. I wasn’t really recommended by anybody,” Adama said. “My parents, they didn’t go to school, so they want me to go to college and be successful, which is why I feel motivated to take honors and AP classes.”

During the first semester, Adama took AP U.S. history, AP language and composition (called AP Lang) and honors algebra 2-trigonometry. She is one of a small number of black students in Madison’s high schools enrolled in honors and AP courses.

Adama spoke with Cap Times reporter Amber C. Walker about her coursework. Ben Brewer produced the video:

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