Advanced Placement Program Information
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 SupportOnce 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.