More high school students in the state are taking courses designed to help them with education after high school. Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes Missouri high school students can take and sometimes even get college credit for taking. Jim Morris with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says more students in the state are taking advantage of the courses.And while Morris acknowledges the value these courses give in helping students get in and succeed in college, he says their worth is not limited to only those who are college-bound. Morris says a total of 224 high schools in the state or about one-third offer advanced placement courses.