The Importance of Advanced Placement / by David Franz

Advanced Placement is a College Board program that allows students to show college-level ability and qualify for college credit.  Read more about it here.

For students, Advanced Placement provides the opportunity to:

  1. Dive deeply into a field of knowledge. In most fields of study, the really interesting stuff is saved for college.  With AP, you don't have to wait.
  2. Take responsibility for learning. Minimum requirements are the training wheels of education, getting beyond them to discover what you really like and want to learn more about is freedom.  
  3. Impress college admissions counselors. If you want to attend a selective college or university, your academic record is what matters most. Taking and passing AP exams shows that you are truly ready to succeed at the next level.  
  4. Save money. You can earn college credits in high school.  The sooner you get started, the more you can earn. You can save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.

For our schools and our community, AP is a tool for raising expectations and building a culture that encourages academic excellence.  AP tests are hard. That is why passing them is meaningful. We want to help students get ready to pass exams early and often in high school.

Parents and students: the time to start preparing is now.  This summer, you can sharpen math and writing skills with our Writing Labs and Math classes.  Click on "Learn" at the top of the page and choose the appropriate grade level. Prices are currently half of the normal $10 charge.  We are also working on some AP prep classes, so check back.