Advanced Placement (AP) Overview
What is Advanced Placement (AP)?
- AP courses are rigorous college-level courses taken in high school with an opportunity to earn college credit/placement based on students' score on the national AP exam.
- The tests are scored by trained readers who determine a score of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. Students earning a 3 or higher may earn college credit for that subject.
Why should students take AP?
- Let colleges know that you’re serious about your education — with AP on your transcript, you’ll show that you’ve challenged yourself with rigorous course work.
- Earn college credit and potentially skip introductory courses if you do well on the AP Exam. This can save tuition costs.
- For example: If a student scores a 5 on the Calculus AP exam, he earns 11 math credits at UNO. A student scoring a 4 or higher on the Biology AP exam earns 8 college credits at LSU.
- Experience college while you are still in high school. Learn what is expected of you and develop skills you need now to get the most out of college later.
- Studies have shown that students who complete AP coursework are more likely to continue their education beyond their freshmen year in college. They are also more likely to graduate within four to five years.
- Chalmette High students earn an extra quality point towards their GPA when they take AP classes. So, a B in an AP course averages the same as an A in a non-AP course.
What AP courses does Chalmette High offer to students?
- Human Geography
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- U.S. History
- Biology II