The College Board's Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that students can take while still in high school. They offer challenging course work and a taste of what college classes are like.
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses give students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful at a college or university. They may also earn a student college credit enabling them to take more courses while in college or even graduate from college in a shorter amount of time.
- In AP courses, students learn by doing, sharing and speaking out. The dialog and debate contributes to the knowledge that's shared by everyone. Rather than just memorizing facts and figures, students tackle concepts and participate in activities that strongly reinforce learning.
- By doing college-level work in high school, AP students can test themselves and take risks in a familiar setting, gaining confidence and a rewarding experience in addition to college credit and placement.
The College Board has released its 2015 AP Scholar reports. Congratulations to RPS 205 students on their successes! In 2015, 1049 students took 2181 AP exams. AP recognized:
- 99 AP Scholars - Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams
- 27 AP Scholars with Honor - Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
- 53 AP Scholars with Distinction - Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams
- 23 National AP Scholars - Granted to students in the US who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Summer AP Preparation Course
Over 60 Rockford Public Schools students participated in the 2015 Summer AP Prep Course, funded through ASAP@RPS and the AP Classes: College and Career Success for All Students grant. This two-week summer enrichment program was designed for high school students who plan to take their first AP class in the fall. Students were provided an overview of successful study habits, a head start on AP concepts, and information about where to go for assistance. Students also visited Rockford University and Northern Illinois University to learn a little more about college life.
Is AP Right for you?
Visit the College Board website to learn about AP, the benefits, and the different courses.