AP students are stressed (we saw this MULTIPLE times in our empathy exercise). Providing an academic support class would help alleviate some of that stress while providing an academic elective. For example AP Environmental science students could take Ecology in conjunction with the APES course. The ecology class would give them an academic credit while providing them with some content support. Even though the classes are not the same and do not have the same AKS- there would still be support. I can see this in AP physics as well.