Advanced Placement courses are taught by trained high school teachers who use the AP Course Descriptions to guide them. The course description, published by College Board, for each discipline outlines the course content, describes the curricular goals of the subject, and provides sample examination questions. While the course descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP Exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented. This flexibility allows the teacher to present content in a manner designed to meet the needs of our district’s diverse student body.
Students in AP courses receive many benefits. In addition to being awarded extra grade weighting for successfully completing Advanced Placement classes, students also have the opportunity to earn course credit and/or advanced standing at thousands of universities worldwide by successfully completing the associated AP test for their course. The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline.