One key to further unlocking the "golden handcuffs" by which many schools find themselves bound to the AP lies in disabusing families of the inaccurate notion that the AP is a necessary credential for admission to the most highly selective colleges. Our school's experience is consistent with the comments from Dean Ellen Kim in your article. Johns Hopkins (and, by logical extension, other highly selective universities), "wants applicants to have taken the most challenging course work available to them. … When an applicant's school doesn't offer AP, the student isn't penalized," she said. Like Scarsdale High School Principal Kenneth Bonamo, we have found that, in the absence of the restrictions imposed by AP classes, "(t)eachers have the ability to go more in-depth into topics in the curriculum." And, as with Scarsdale, "(w)e have seen no impact on college placement," as a result of our long-standing decision not to offer these courses.