The Allegheny Valley School District’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams in high school. Through these courses, students may earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. Six subject areas are offered at Springdale Jr-Sr High School. However, depending on a student’s ability and interest, other courses can be arranged through local colleges or distance learning.
These courses require much more in-depth study than regular classes at the high school. They also require additional time for homework and to prepare for a day’s lesson. Some courses offered require prerequisite classes that must be taken before a student signs up for the course. Guidance counselors, administrators, or teachers should be consulted to determine if a student should consider enrolling in one or more of the AP courses.
All of the Advanced Placement courses necessitate prerequisite classes. Students must have passed these courses before enrolling in the AP class. In addition, significant amounts of reading are required in all disciplines. Students will also need to devote additional hours of study time to be successful in the courses. Some of the offered AP courses also require summer work – projects and/or reading assignments. Students can receive a copy from their counselor or the course instructor.Course Descriptions
The AP Exams
The College Entrance Examination Board sponsors the Advanced Placement Exams. Each exam is based on the subject matter outlined in its corresponding AP Course Description. Exams are given at the high school facility based on a previously developed schedule.
Questions on the exams include two sections: multiple-choice and free-response. Multiple-choice questions require students to select the correct answer from several choices and allow students to demonstrate their knowledge across a broad array of topics. Free-response questions require students to organize their knowledge and to produce clear, coherent answers that demonstrate an understanding of the course and specific concepts.
If a grade of three or better is earned, students could receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities that give credit for AP.
What makes the AP classes so valuable? Students can challenge themselves and begin to prepare for college-level work. Exams also enable students to earn college credit without paying for the course at a college or university. Students get a head start, increase their options, and improve their self-esteem by succeeding in a rigorous academic program.
The AP experience is rich and rewarding. The hard work pays off by helping students to develop skills and study habits they will use in post-high school education. In addition, most colleges view any AP experience as a plus when students apply.
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