Advanced Placement (AP) is a nationwide program that is designed to prepare secondary students for higher education. AP classes provide rigorous, college-level curriculum in various subjects and the opportunity to earn college credits or advanced college standing. The AP program is made possible by the close cooperation of secondary schools, colleges and the College Board.
Advanced Placement (AP) classes prepare high school students for higher education with college-level curriculum and exams in various subjects. Students may also earn college credits. Consult the course catalog for your high school for details on AP class offerings.
The AP experience
Taking AP classes in high school helps students prepare for the college-level work load. Students learn to:
- Develop effective study habits
- Improve writing skills
- Sharpen critical thinking skills
AP also teaches discipline and helps students grow and mature academically. Students report that they enjoy the challenge of the AP program. High school faculty report that AP courses greatly enhance student confidence and academic interest. College faculty find that AP students are far better prepared for serious academic work.
Receiving college credit for AP through AP exams
Students who meet all performance standards on AP exams may be eligible to receive college credit. Colleges determine if credit or advanced standing is granted based on their institutional policies. Thousands of colleges and universities world-wide recognize AP achievements and grant credit.
More information about AP
Contact the school to learn more about AP courses offered at that school and how to enroll. AP courses and descriptions are also listed in the school’s course catalogue, which is often posted on the school website. For general information about AP courses and exams, visit College Board.
For information on AP exams and college credit, please visit College Board Getting Credit and Placement.