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:
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 (apcentral.collegeboard.com). Students can find more information at the AP student site (www. collegeboard.com/apstudents. 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
AP Exam Fees
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.
AP COURSES AT AISC
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)
Physics C (Mechanics) and Physics 1
Computer Science A
AP STUDENT GUIDELINES
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.