The ap® Program at Fargo South High School ap basics



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The AP® Program

AP Basics

  • Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses
  • At the end of course, students take AP Exams—standardized exams that measure how well students have mastered college-level course work.
  • Students who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

AP Courses Offered by Our School:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 1
  • Calculus AB
  • English Lang and Comp
  • English Lit and Comp
  • Psychology
  • Human Geography
  • European History
  • US Govt and Politics
  • US History
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Art: 2D Design
  • Art: 3D Design
  • Art: Drawing
  • Computer Science A

Dual Credit Basics

  • Dual credit courses are college level courses offered in high school. Dual credit courses also reflect what is taught in top introductory courses.
  • Students are enrolled as students of NDSCS.
  • The grade that a person earns in this class is put on both the high school and the college transcript.

Dual Credit Courses Offered by Our School

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Psychology
  • US History
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • IT Essentials 1
  • IT Essentials 2
  • CISCO (Networking) 1
  • CISCO (Networking) 2
  • CNA
  • Medical Terminology
  • Government

What Are AP/Dual Credit Courses Like?

  • AP and Dual Credit courses typically demand more of students than regular or honors courses.
  • Classes tend to be fast-paced and cover more material than typical high school classes.
  • More time, inside and outside of the classroom, is required to complete lessons, assignments and homework.
  • AP and Dual Credit teachers expect their students to think critically, analyze and synthesize facts and data, weigh competing perspectives, and write clearly and persuasively.

Differences Between AP and Dual Credit

  • Similarities
  • Both have the possibility of earning college credit
  • Both are accepted by most colleges
  • Both are rigorous in nature
  • Differences
  • AP credit is based on an end of year test score and gives a “pass” – no letter grade associated
  • Dual credit is based on the grade earned over the semester of the class – a letter grade is earned and starts the college GPA

AP Exams

  • AP Exams are administered by schools worldwide on set dates each May.
  • Exams usually last around three hours.
  • Each AP Exam contains:
    • Multiple-choice questions
    • Free-response questions (essay, problem-solving, oral response)

AP Exam and Dual Credit Fees

  • AP Exam fee for 2018 is $94 per exam.
  • For students with financial need, the College Board provides a small fee reduction.
  • Dual Credit is offered at more than half off the regular rate of tuition at NDSCS ($71.84/credit or $287.36 for a 4 credit course).
  • For students with financial need, there is a scholarship/fee waiver available through the Bank of ND.

Other Incentives

  • National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI)
    • Focused Study Sessions
    • Exam Fee Subsidies
    • Awards
  • ND Department of Public Instruction
    • Exam Fee Subsidies

Why Take AP Exams or Dual Credit Courses?

  • Most two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States offer credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP Exam scores or transfer credits from NDSCS for dual credit classes.
  • Credit: Students earn credit toward their college degrees.
  • Advanced placement: Students can skip introductory courses and move directly into higher-level classes, and/or fulfill general education requirements.

AP and College Success

  • A recent study* showed that students who earned a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam had higher first-year college grade point averages and were more likely to return for the second year of college than non-AP students of similar ability.
  • *Krista Mattern, Emily Shaw, and Xinhui Xiong, “The Relationship Between AP Exam Performance and College Outcomes” (2009), The College Board.
  • “One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations.”
  • —William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Harvard University

Learn More

  • See Vanessa Boehm, coordinator or any of our AP teachers for more information about the AP program at South High School
  • For more information about AP courses and exams visit: https://www.collegeboard.org/
  • To find out what is accepted by colleges, visit that school’s website.


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