Advanced Placement Courses

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    The Advanced Placement Program, administered by The College Board, allows students to participate in college-level courses while in high school and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Students who complete Advanced Placement courses are expected to take the AP exam in May. Based on the results of the AP exam, colleges and universities may grant college credit to students with satisfactory Advanced Placement test scores. Students and parents must check with the particular college or university to insure that the college accepts advanced placement exams for credits.  The AP Courses that are offered each year may vary based on student requests and enrollment.

    AP classes are more challenging and stimulating, therefore they take more time and require more work. AP classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students. Pre-AP classes and AP classes receive higher grade points.

    Pre-AP and AP Courses

    Pre-AP courses are excellent preparation for enrollment in AP courses. There is a wider range and greater depth of subject matter than that of the regular course and an emphasis placed on higher level and critical thinking skills, on creative, productive thinking, and on independent guided research.  Pre-AP and AP classes must be started at the beginning of a full-year course and may not be entered the second semester of a full year course.

    Exams

    The advanced placement examinations are structured to measure three areas - depth of knowledge, completeness of thought, and synthesis of ideas. Approximately 1200 institutions award credit based on the student’s AP examination scores. Exams are graded on a five-point scale with credit usually given for scores of three (3) or higher.  According to Texas House Bill 1992, Texas public colleges and universities are required to give credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher, “unless the institution's chief academic officer determines, based on evidence, that a higher score on the examination is necessary to indicate a student is sufficiently prepared.”   The score requirement and number of college credit hours awarded or placement credit awarded varies among universities and colleges across the country.  Students are encouraged to reach out to college admissions counselors at specific colleges & universities they are considering for guidance about how college credit would be awarded for AP test scores.  Additional information can also be found on the College Board website. 

    Drop Policy

    Through the first three weeks of school students may drop or add a Pre-AP or AP class with teacher and parent acknowledgement. Students are not able to add or drop a Pre-AP or AP class after the first three weeks except with approval from the AP Steering Committee. For more information about requesting an appointment with the AP Steering Committee, please contact the counselor. Pre-AP and AP courses may be not dropped after the first nine weeks.