The Advanced Placement Program®

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The Advanced Placement Program®

Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses give you a head start on college.

  • Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses give you a head start on college.
  • Taking the end-of-course AP Exam sends a powerful message to colleges and universities that a student is ready for them, and can enable students to gain admission, college credit, and placement into advanced courses.

Did you know . . .

  • If you earn a high school diploma, you’re likely to earn $7,000 more annually than students who don’t complete high school.
  • But if you earn a bachelor’s degree in college, you’re likely to earn $22,000 more annually.
  • Source: U.S. Department of Education, 2000

Prepare Now to Succeed in College

  • A 1999 U.S. Department of Education study found that the strongest predictor of college graduation is something students do before they ever go to college:
  • Participate in rigorous, college-level courses in high school—and AP courses in particular.
  • Clifford Adelman, Answers in the Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and Bachelor’s Degree Attainment (1999), U.S. Department of Education.

AP and College Success™

  • Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less.
  • Source: Camara, Wayne (2003). College Persistence, Graduation, and Remediation. College Board Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY: College Board.

What’s the difference between AP and honors?

  • AP courses are designed and updated annually to reflect what’s being taught in cutting-edge college courses.
  • Students receive an external evaluation— the AP Exam—which is scored by college faculty from around the world who verify that the student has mastered college-level studies.

Why take the AP Exam?

  • Most of the nation’s colleges and universities, plus colleges and universities in 24 other countries, grant students admission, credit, and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam grades.
  • For example, at Princeton, students can use qualifying AP Exam grades to:
    • Graduate in three or three-and-a-half years
    • Enter upper-level courses
    • Fulfill a foreign language requirement

What’s the difference between credit and placement?

  • Some colleges award “credit” for qualifying AP Exam grades. This means you actually earn points toward your college degree.
  • Others award “advanced placement.” This means you can skip introductory courses, enter higher-level classes, and/or fulfill general education requirements.

Why should a student take the AP Exam?

  • Colleges and universities give credit for qualifying AP Exam grades, not AP course grades.
  • “The confirmation that college-level learning took place is in the published results. The AP Exam grade is a national standard that I can understand and rely upon.”
  • —Joellen L. Silberman, Dean of Enrollment Kalamazoo College

Increase your options

  • College credit can allow you to move into upper-level college courses sooner, pursue a double major, and gain time to study and travel abroad:
  • “As a freshman, I was able to skip general ed requirements and head straight into the higher-level classes I wanted to take. Taking AP Exams literally saved me semesters of time.”
          • —Brent Wiese, University of Iowa

Save money

  • If you earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, you can receive credit for the equivalent course at thousands of colleges and universities:
  • “I took AP throughout high school because it was the most interesting and well-taught program offered. When I reached college, I realized that I had accumulated a year’s worth of credits. I graduated from Michigan’s undergraduate business school a full year early, saving $30,000 and a year’s time.”
  • —Nikki Baker, University of Michigan

Why should I take the AP Exam even if I’m not looking to earn credit or placement?

Stand out in the admissions process

  • “One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations.”
  • —William R. Fitzsimmons Dean of Admissions, Harvard University
  • “AP Exams affirm the rigor of a student’s course work. Though admissions policies vary, if I were a student, I wouldn’t assume that the college of my dreams didn’t care about AP Exams in the admissions process.”
  • —Bruce Walker, Director of Admissions University of Texas at Austin

Factors Influencing Admission Decisions–2001

  • NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2001

Earn academic scholarships or awards

  • Some of the most competitive scholarship awards value AP Exam grades:
  • “Having the AP Exam grade can make the difference when it comes down to awarding precious scholarship dollars.”
  • —Edwina Harris Hamby, Dean of Admission Fisk University

Experience a college-level test

  • The intensity of college exams catches far too many freshmen by surprise:
  • “Students who have prepared for and taken the AP Exams adapt more easily to taking college essay exams, and are especially skilled in including a thesis and a well-developed argument. They are also less intimidated by sophisticated, college-level multiple-choice questions that seek to test understanding over memorization.”
  • —Robert Blackey, Professor of History CSU, San Bernardino

Be a step ahead

  • “I received a 3 on my AP English Exam, but since I love English and hope to take all the English courses that I can possibly get my hands on, I decided to take English 111 in college. My college class is covering the same material I studied in AP English. Thanks to my experience preparing for the free-response questions, my frequent essay exams are a breeze. By taking AP, I’m a step ahead of the others in my class. I know the material and I know the process.”
  • —Anne Elliott, University of Connecticut

What’s the cost of taking an AP course?

  • AP courses and exams are developed and scored by the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to helping students connect to college success and opportunity.
  • There is NO fee to take an AP course.

AP Exam fees

  • There is an $89 fee for each AP Exam, which the College Board uses to:
    • 1) develop, print, ship, and score the exams
    • 2) subsidize teacher training
    • 3) develop classroom resources
    • 4) support educational initiatives

AP Exam fees

  • For students with financial need, the College Board reduces the exam fee. However, D.C. Everest pays the Exam fees for students who quality for full free and reduced lunches.

AP Examination Grades

  • 5 - Extremely Well Qualified
  • 4 - Well Qualified
    • Statistically equates to low A’s and high B’s in the comparable college course
  • 3 - Qualified
    • Statistically equates to low B’s and high C’s in the comparable college course
  • 2 - Possibly Qualified
    • Statistically equates to low C’s and high D’s in the comparable college course
  • 1 - No Recommendation

AP courses offered at D.C. Everest:

  • Math - AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, BC
  • English – AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition
  • Science – AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science
  • Business - Accounting
  • Art – Studio Art
  • Social Studies – AP Human Geography, AP U.S. History, AP European History, AP World History, AP Psychology, AP American Government, AP Macro Economics, AP Comparative Politics
  • Social Studies
  • Paul Aleckson
  • Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

D.C. Everest Social Studies Department Advanced Placement in the Social Studies

  • Freshman Year – AP United States Government and Politics (1 credit)
  • Sophomore Year – Choose one of three- AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP European History (these courses meet the world studies requirement)
  • {Sophomores may choose to take additional social science AP courses}

D.C. Everest Social Studies Department Advanced Placement in the Social Studies

  • Junior Year – AP U.S. History
  • (1 credit Meets U.S. History requirement for graduation)
  •   (Senior Year – Social Science electives –
  • AP Comparative Politics (1/2 cr.) (So-Sr.)
  • AP Economics (1/2 cr.) (So-Sr.)
  • AP Psychology (1 cr.) (Jr-Sr.)


  • Mrs. Kelly Thompson
  • Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator

English Scheduling Recommendations

  • Grade 9 = English 9 or English 9 Honors
  • Grade 10 = English 10 or English 10 Honors

English Scheduling Recommendations

  • Grade 11
  • Writing Workshop + Reading-Emphasis Course
  • OR
  • AP Language & Composition

English Scheduling Recommendations

  • AP Language & Composition
  • Writing and Language emphasis
  • Nonfiction reading
  • Recommended junior year but may be taken senior year

English Scheduling Recommendations

  • Grade 12
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • OR
  • AP Language & Composition
  • OR
  • Any combination of English electives

English Scheduling Recommendations

  • AP Literature & Composition
  • Literature and Literary Analysis emphasis
  • Fiction, poetry, and drama reading
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing and AP Language & Composition (or Writing Workshop + Reading-Emphasis Course)


  • Mark Schommer
  • Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator

Typical Honors Track…

  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Pre-Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Although there is a lot of flexibility in the path each student chooses, the important part is to take a path that is necessary for them.
  • For that, please see your career cluster.

If you have questions call or email the subject area Curriculum Coordinator.

  • 715-359-6561 x 4120
  • English/World Language-
  • Math 715-359-6561 x 4250
  • Science – 715-359-6561 x 4405
  • Social Studies – 715-359-6561 x 4353

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