• Advanced Placement Program Information

    AP = College

    Coronavirus Update April 13, 2020

    The College Board has shifted AP exams to be administered at home. The at home test schedule will be available April 3, 2020. These exams will be accessible by computer or smart phone. In preparation for the AP exams the College Board is hosting live daily/weekly AP lessons for all students. Please note these live sessions are free. Please use the links below to review the schedule for each course. Also, if you or someone you know has limited access to technology and/or the internet please have them complete the second link below. 

    AP FAQ and Exam Details

    If you or someone has limited access to technology or internet please complete the needs assessment survey: https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74

    Free AP Review Classes & AP Exam Update

    Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:

    • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
    • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
    • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.
    • https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes

     According to College Board:

    • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. 
    • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

    The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

    • For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
    • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
    • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
    • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
    • We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know.

    The AP Program is a nationally recognized set of courses, sponsored by the College Board.  By taking AP courses, students experience challenging, college-level work.  At the end of each year-long course, they are encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam and may receive college credit.  AP courses are available at all of our high schools.  

    AP Student Support (Cancelled for Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year)

    Once you enroll in AP courses, the guidance doesn't end. The district is committed to supporting students and offering students a multitude of resources. There are many ways that students can prepare for AP courses and AP exams, both in school and on their own. Check out the information below for an outline of the district's support systems.
    AP Check Point Sessions are FREE Saturday Study Sessions for students enrolled in the AP courses. AP Check Points will begin in January, 2020 and available course listing will be availavle in December. All AP Check Point Sessions will take place at Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy. Snacks will be available for students.


    What is Advanced Placement?

    The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a nationally recognized set of rigorous classes, where students study advanced material, more in-depth and at an accelerated pace. The classes are designed for students who want to experience challenging, college-level material and give students a head start in college.

    Benefits of AP Courses/AP Exams

    There are three major benefits to taking AP courses in high school.  They are:

    Benefit # 1: Be a more attractive candidate to colleges.

    • Students who take AP courses and do well on exams are more attractive candidates for competitive colleges and trade/technical schools because they display a commitment to academic excellence by taking the most rigorous courses available.

    Benefit # 2: Be more prepared for college.

    • According to a 2001 Admissions Trends Survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), grades in rigorous courses such as AP are the single most important factor in college admission decisions.  Research also shows that students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams are 3 times more likely to earn a college degree than those who do not score well.  They are also significantly more likely to earn a degree than those not enrolled in AP courses at all.

    Benefit # 3: Earn College Credit and Save Money

    • Over 90% of 4-year colleges in the U.S. provide college credit and/or advanced placement for students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam.  This not only gives students a head start on college, it also saves them money.

    Can I Take AP Courses? 

    It's no secret that AP courses are hard work.  Students enrolled in AP must have a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic.  Determine if AP is a good fit for you.  If you meet a majority of the following criteria, talk to a parent, guardian, counselor or teacher to learn how to get started with AP today. 
    • You scored well on the PSAT during 10th grade and show AP potential.
    •  You had A's or B's during 10th grade in the subjects you are interested in taking.
    •  You are interested in the subject and preparing for college· You are willing to try new things.
    •  Your teachers think you would succeed in AP.
    •  You have a determination to do well and are disciplined.

    How Can I Help Ensure My Student Is Ready For AP?

    Here are some ways to get involved and ensure your student is ready for the rigors of AP.
    • Talk to your student's counselors about enrolling him/her in Advanced Placement courses.
    • Stay in contact with your student's school and teachers.
    • Talk to your student every day about his/her school work, education, and life-long goals.
    • Insist that your student accepts responsibility for learning and behavior.
    • Establish your expectations for your student's grades and communicate those to your student.
    • Insist on good attendance.  Students who maintain at least 90% attendance may be eligible to receive a scholarship for college from the Pittsburgh Promise.  
    Please visit the College Board for more information about the Advanced Placement program, or email us!