What is the Advanced Placement (AP) program?
AP courses are college-level courses that are offered during high school. These courses were created by university professors to reflect what is being taught in first-year college classes. This is a great opportunity to possibly earn college credit by passing the AP test.
Click here to see the AP Credit Policies at Oregon State University, Portland State University, Portland Community College and University of Oregon.
Who can take AP classes?
AP classes are for students in grades 9 - 12. They are NOT only for students with the best grades. ANYONE who is confident, motivated and ready can enroll in AP classes.
What are the AP exams?
The Advanced Placement examinations allow high school students to demonstrate mastery of college-level course material and to even potentially earn college credit with qualifying exam scores. AP tests measure students' mastery of knowledge and skills from AP courses such as:
Social Studies: US History, US Government, World History, Human Geography and Psychology
The Arts: Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: Drawing and Music Theory
Math: Calculus AB, Calculus BC and Statistics
English: Language and Literature
Science: Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Languages: Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Chinese and Japanese
Each high school offers different AP classes, and AP course availability is often flexible. If you would like to see an additional class offered at a specific school, please get in touch with the counselor or AP coordinator.
What are the benefits of AP classes?
AP lets students pursue college-level studies in high school. They get the opportunity to earn college credit and/or placement into more challenging classes.
Taking AP courses shows the college admission officers that a student wants to take the most challenging courses available. Having AP classes on a transcript can help tremendously with both college admissions and in receiving scholarships.
AP classes help students develop analytical abilties as well as communication, research and time-management skills.
Students who score a 3 or higher are more likely to graduate college on time and can save time and money in college.
Even students who score below a 3 are still more likely to graduate college on time.
How many college credits can I earn?
The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a 3 or higher considered mastery. Students who receive test scores of 3 or higher can earn college credit and/or placement into more advanced classes depending on a college's policies. Depending on the number of tests passed, a student can save thousands of dollars in college tuition fees.
To find the credit policy of a specific university, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy.
For more information about Oregon state schools and AP credits, read the AP & IB Oregon State Credit Table.
What if I want to know more about this program?
AP School Coordinators
Benson Polytechnic High School
Christy Thomas, AP Coordinator
Robyn Griffths, Vice-Principal
Alice Headley, Counselor
Grant High School
Steven Benson, Vice-Principal
McDaniel High School
Trinh Ngo, Business Manager
Lincoln High School
Kim Bliss, Vice-Principal
Roosevelt High School
Stephen Shephard, Vice-Principal