Providing students the opportunity to seek academic excellence is part of the goal of external exam based programs such as the Advanced Placement program and programs such as IGCSE, A-Levels, and the International Baccalureate. My letter to the editor of the Hartford Courant on February 12, 2007 is focused on the importance of academic excellence and the opportunity for academic achievement inherent within the A.P. program. A full version of this editorial is available here. The Courant edited my original version to fit their space requirements.