Advanced Placement Courses Offered for SY 2020-2021
Calculus AB & BC (Mr. Cho)
Chemisty (Mrs. Apostol)
English Language and Composition (Mr. Le)
English Literature and Composition (Ms. Lucas)
Government (Mrs. Torres)
Spanish Language and Culture (Ms. Livingston)
Spanish Literature and Culture (Ms. Loza)
Statistics (Mr. Ng)
World History (Mr. Michelin)
What is Advanced Placement?
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies- with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both- while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. A score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.
Benefits of Advanced Placement
1. Stand Out in College Admissions
Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.
2. Earn College Credits
By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.
3. Skip Introductory Classes
If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.
Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.
4. Build College Skills
Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.
How to Get Started in AP?