Advanced Placement (AP)

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Frequently Asked Questions

1.       What is Advanced Placement?

  • Advanced Placement is a set of nationally recognized courses that prepare students forcollege-level coursework.  A national exam is administered at the end of the school year that students are expected to take. Passing the AP exam can also count toward college credit.


2.        Why take an Advanced Placement class?

  • To be better prepared for the rigors of college classes.
  • For possible college credit, if the student scores well on the national exam. (credit varies depending on college/ university)
  • To improve your academic record on college applications.
  • To challenge yourself with more rigorous classes.
  • To surround yourself with highly motivated students.


 3.       How many AP courses should I take?

  • This answer will vary depending on the student’s grade, abilities, and their extracurricular activities.
  • We do not offer 9th grade AP courses.  We encourage students to begin taking AP in 10th grade, but they may also take them in their 11th and 12th grade years.
  • Each student has his or her strengths.  Students and parents need to be aware of the course load they are taking. Some students have the ability to take more than one, while for others, one is plenty.
  • Students who are highly involved with extra-curricular activities, may find it difficult to manage their time. Please be aware of other commitments before signing up for multiple AP courses.  Students can become overwhelmed  by  their time commitments, especially near the end of the semesters when tests and writing assignments begin to build up.