Advanced Programs

Weighted Grades
All courses which, in their course titles, are designated AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), or dual-credit CN (College Now) in core subject areas (Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, and Second Language) will be weighted on a 5.0 system (A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0, D=2.0, F=0). Honors courses will be weighted on a 4.0 system, as will all other courses.

College Credit Opportunities
Some high school courses offer the opportunity for the student to earn college credits while enrolled in the course at the high school. Please take note of this information as you are reviewing course descriptions.

Advanced Placement Courses (AP)

“AP classes allow me to learn at a higher level and to dive in depth into each subject. My teachers treat the class like a college course rather than a high school class.”

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The AP program develops students’ time management, study habits and discipline, all skills required for success in college. Research shows that student who complete AP courses are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years.

Completing AP courses increases a student’s eligibility for scholarships and creates a more attractive candidate when applying to colleges.

  • 31% of colleges and universities consider a student’s AP experience when making scholarship recipient selections.
  • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.

A successful score on an AP exam is a recognized sign of college-level achievement. In over 90% of four-year colleges in the United States and 60 other countries, students achieving successful scores on AP exams may be eligible for College level credit and/or advanced placement in college course.

AP is a choice you make for yourself. Choosing AP can help set you apart in a competitive academic world, give you a head start on your future and change the way you view yourself. Courses are hard work but it is work that pays off.

Fees For Exams
Students who choose to take the optional International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP)exams will be charged a fee. Reduced exam fees are available to households who qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits.

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