Advanced Placement (AP) & Pre-AP

Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases also earn college credit while they are still in high school which in turn saves on tuition costs. AP teachers follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. To enroll in an AP course, students and parents are required to sign an agreement accepting the work load of the rigorous curriculum and acknowledge that schedules will not be changed. AP grades are weighted (A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0). AP grades are the only weighted grades on a student’s transcript. Parents will be required to attend an AP meeting in the spring.

Pre-AP prepares a growing number of students, especially those traditionally under-represented in AP courses, for the challenges offered by the Advanced Placement Program. The goal of Pre-AP programs is to prepare students for high academic standards, greater inclusion, increased communication, coordination, enthusiasm, and empowerment. It also creates closer ties between AP courses and the courses preceding them, and the wider dissemination of successful teaching strategies.

Listed below are just a few benefits of AP and Pre-AP coursework:

• Students will gain college-level analytical, communication and study skills as well as academic confidence.
• Students learn a subject in greater depth.
• Students demonstrate to colleges their willingness to undertake a challenging curriculum.
• Students can earn college credit and or advanced standing at over 90% of U.S. colleges and. universities if they successfully pass an AP examination.
• Students can gain national recognition.
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