Advanced Placement (AP)

What Is AP?

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies - with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both - while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. A score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

Reminders for Parents/Guardians of AP Students

If your child is taking an AP course, they have more free support than ever to help them learn throughout the year and prepare for their AP Exams, where students have the opportunity to earn college credit!

To help your child stay on track:

  • Make sure your child uses the join code your AP teacher gives them to join their class section. This will give them access to AP Classroom where they can practice their skills, receive feedback on their progress, and see real AP Exam questions.
  • AP Daily videos, on-demand lessons led by experienced AP teachers are available in AP Classroom. Along with other free resources, they provide daily support for students. Students can watch them at their own pace on a mobile device or a computer with internet access, and teachers can also include them as part of their curriculum.
    • Encourage your child to register for their AP Exams, so they have the chance to stand out to college admissions officers and save money on tuition with a qualifying score of three or more.


  • The AP program offers high school students the equivalent of first year university study in a variety of areas at selected universities. Individual courses go into great depth and prepare students to take the external AP examination administered by the College Board based in the United States. The exams are taken to earn either advanced standing or university credit in the USA, Canada, and many other countries. Students applying to competitive schools in the US, Canada, United Kingdom or Taiwan should consider AP as a necessary component in preparing for admission. While AP coursework is demanding, it is beneficial to students, even those who do not perform well on the external exam, because of the demand for critical thinking.

AP Course Catalog, AY 2021-2022

AP Course Teacher Contact information
AP Calculus AB Mr. Mix
AP Computer Science Principles Ms. Akki
AP English Language and Composition Ms. Rizadel
AP Microeconomics Mr. Em
AP Physics Mr. Mix
AP Coordinator Ms. Naedilyn

AP Microeconomics (2-Year Course)

Course Overview

AP Microeconomics is a college-level course that introduces students to the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

The AP Microeconomics Course and Exam Description defines concepts, skills, and understandings required by representative colleges and universities for granting college credit and placement. The course prepares students to think like economists by using principles and models to describe economic situations and predict and explain outcomes. Like economists, students do so by using graphs, charts, and data.

College Course Equivalent

AP Microeconomics is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in economics. 

AP Calculus

Course Overview

AP Calculus AB focuses on students’ understanding of calculus concepts and provides experience with methods and applications. Through the use of big ideas of calculus (e.g., modeling change, approximation and limits, and analysis of functions), The courses require students to use definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions. The courses feature a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Exploring connections among these representations builds understanding of how calculus applies limits to develop important ideas, definitions, formulas, and theorems. A sustained emphasis on clear communication of methods, reasoning, justifications, and conclusions is essential.

AP Physics

Course Overview

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion.

AP English Language and Composition

Course Overview

The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text—from a range of disciplines and historical periods.

AP Computer Science Principles (2-Year Course)

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing course that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students also explain how computing innovations and computing systems—including the internet—work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical.