Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement

WHAT IS AP?

AP stands for Advanced Placement. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and save thousands of dollars in college tuition.

AP courses can help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. Students will improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF AP?

More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, students will have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years. Students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,000 for each additional year. AP helps students qualify for scholarships... 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.

SCORING THE AP EXAM

The composite score for each AP Exam is converted to a score of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1. An AP Exam score of 5 is equivalent to an A in the corresponding college course; a score of 4 is equivalent to grades of A-, B+ and B; and a score of 3 is equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C.

If a student scores a 3 or above on an exam, the college will waive up to 5 credits, this is a potential savings of approximately $1,000 to $2,500 dollars depending on the college a student enrolls in.

Exams are taken in May and score reports are sent out in July. Students will receive scores once on paper and any extra reports must be purchased for a fee on collegeboard.org. Schools will receive scores online ONLY in July.

CURTIS HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLICY

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement course(s) at Curtis High School are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam(s). The 2019 exam fee is $94 per each exam.

Students who are enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program qualify for the College Board and OSPI fee reduction on all AP Exams that they take in a given year.

A student is eligible for free or reduced price lunches if his or her family's income is at or below 185 percent of the poverty level issued annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you meet this criteria and have not applied for "free or reduced lunches", please complete the application form immediately on the UPSD district website. 

If you have any questions, please contact the CHS AP Coordinator:

Beth Edwards, CHS Guidance Counselor, 253-566-5713 bedwards@upsd83.org

Additional information can be found at collegeboard.org