Advanced Placement Overview
During the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, various accelerated, in-depth academic courses designated Advanced Placement (AP) are available to qualified students. The difficulty of AP courses is recognized by college admissions and placement personnel, and AP courses are noted on students’ high school transcripts. At the conclusion of an AP course, students are required to take the AP exam covering the subject or subjects studied. The exams are written and graded by the AP Program of the College Board. The scores received are used by colleges and universities for admission and placement purposes. High scores aid students’ chances of admission to colleges and to their special programs and grant them college credit (possibly exempting them from freshman courses).