Advanced Placement Program (AP)
The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between highschools and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take university-level courses in a high school setting. Participants not only gain university-level skills, but in many cases they also earn earn university credit while still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. The College Board is a non-profit association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to university and opportunity.
- The transition from high school to post secondary setting is facilitated.
- Students are motivated to undertake more challenging work.
- Students are given the opportunity to study their special interests areas in more depth with peers of similar interests and motivation.
- By meeting the challenge of national and international standards, students are rewarded with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and international credibility of their academic abilities.
- Students experience the demands of university work. “59% of AP students earn a GPA of at least a B during their freshman year compared to 37% of non AP students.” - The College Board
- The experience provides direction in the selection of university programs.
- Students demonstrating outstanding achievement in AP courses may compete for national and international awards.
- Students receive college/university credits for courses taken in high school which is a financial saving and allows more time for additional courses at university.