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The Advanced Placement Courses

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a collaborative effort between motivated students, dedicated teachers and committed high schools, colleges, and universities.  Since its inception in 1955, this program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.  Each year, an increasing number of parents, students, teachers, high schools, and colleges and universities turn to the AP Program as a model of educational excellence.

Most colleges and universities in the United States in more than 60 countries, have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, advanced standing or both on the basis of their AP Exam results.  Students may earn up to a full year of college credit (sophomore standing) at some U.S. universities.

Thirty-five AP courses in a wide variety of subject areas are now available.  A committee of college faculty and master AP teachers designs each AP course to cover the information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

The AP Program plays a creative role as well as a facilitative one.  As an intermediary among participating institutions, the Program does the following:

  • Chooses college faculty and AP secondary school teachers who develop college-level courses, descriptions and examinations, and facilitates this developmental process.
  • Administers and scores examinations based on the learning goals described in the course descriptions.
  • Provides AP scores online to students, their schools, and their designated colleges.
  • Prepares publications, online materials, and other resources to supplement and support the program’s activities.
  • Provides conferences, consultants, and curricular materials to help interested schools establish college-level courses.
  • Assists schools and teachers in their efforts to prepare students through professional development initiatives such as AP Vertical Teams.
  • Conducts research and strives to develop new services and products that enhance quality education.

The College Board offers 34 AP courses in 20 subject areas, and nearly 60 percent of U.S. high schools offer some AP courses. In May 2012, more than 2 million high school students at over 18,000 schools worldwide took AP Exams. More than 60,000 teachers worldwide attended AP workshops and institutes for professional development last year. Over 90 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have an AP policy granting incoming student, credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam grades.    

More information about the AP Program is available at AP Central, the AP College Board’s online home for AP professionals (  Students can find more information at the AP student site (www. The links provided below will describe a few of the facets involved in the AP Program. 

AP Courses and Exams

AP International Diploma

AP International Recognition

Policy Information

AP Exam Fees

AP Exams

Each AP course has a corresponding exam that participating schools worldwide administer in May (except for Studio Art, which is a portfolio assessment).  AP exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section (either essay or problem solving).  AP Exams are a culminating assessment in all AP courses and are thus an integral part of the Program.  As a result, many schools foster the expectation that students who enrol in an AP course will take the corresponding AP Exam.

Because the College Board is committed to providing access to AP Exams for home schooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP courses, it does not require students to take an AP course prior to taking an AP Exam.



Listed below are the AP courses to be offered at AISC. For further details about each AP course, please refer to the High School Curriculum Guide. 

English Language and Composition 

French Language and Culture 

Spanish Language and Culture 

Economics (Micro and Macro) 

Human Geography (alternating years) 

Psychology (alternating years) 

Biology (alternating years) 

Chemistry (alternating years) 

Environmental Science 

Physics C (Mechanics) and Physics 1

Calculus AB 

Calculus BC 


Computer Science A 


AP courses are designed to be demanding, college-level courses.  Students who are interested in taking advantage of the AP Program being offered at AISC should review the following guidelines to assist them in the decision-making process.

  • A recommendation from a high school teacher in a previous course in the subject will be necessary for  each AP course a student would like to take.
  • For many courses the student should have at least a “B-” average in the subject at the time of registering for an AP course. Some courses do not require a prerequisite grade.
  • It is important for a student to have well-developed writing and critical thinking skills in order to be               
  • Possessing self-motivation and a mature approach to learning are key components to being successful  in the AP Program.  Students should show a willingness to seek assistance from teachers outside  normal class hours when necessary.
  • It is mandatory for students taking an AP course to sit the AP exam.
  • Fees for the AP examinations are charged in addition to tuition and other school fees.  Parents will be notified of these fees in March prior to the examinations.  These fees must be paid to the school before the student will be allowed to take the exams.