• Advanced Placement Overview

    College Board

    What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

    “Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program of college-level courses offered at many high schools.  Courses are available in many subject areas, including English, History, Humanities, Languages, Math, Psychology and Science. The focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. It's on engaging discussions, approaching and solving problems together and learning to write well. You'll get to study fascinating topics and ideas. Who knows? One (or more!) might just become the foundation of your future college major or career.

    What are the benefits of taking AP courses?

    AP courses can help you gain the skills and study habits you'll need to be successful in college. You'll improve your writing, problem-solving, time-management skills, and learn how to stay focused on your work and goals. Research shows that AP courses help students graduate from college in four years and qualify for scholarships.

    Taking AP courses might also help you get accepted into college. It's less about taking the easy classes and earning an "A" than it is about showing colleges that you're willing to take a challenging class, even if it lowers your grade point average. This makes you stand out in the admission process. It also shows that you are taking the initiative to prepare yourself for college-level work.

    Who can take AP courses?

    AP courses are general offered to upper classmen (Juniors and Seniors) but anyone can take them.  You may also want to consider taking Pre-AP courses first, to see if you feel you can handle what AP courses require; Pre-AP courses are generally offered to lower classmen (Freshmen and Sophomores). However, don’t assume that you aren’t ready for AP courses. Check with your teachers or your high school counselor to find out which courses are right for you, and/or for their advice on which courses you may want to take, based on current/past performance.

    (information obtained from College Board)