The Advanced Placement program is a national academic program sponsored by the College Board. The classes are the equivalent of introductory college courses and provide opportunities for students to complete certain college requirements while still in high school.
An Advanced Placement class is taught at the high school and follows a college-level curriculum which has been approved by the College Board. Each of the AP courses is year-long and culminates in a required national exam in May. These classes move at an accelerated pace and cover an extensive amount of material.
Additionally, AP classes receive weighted value in calculating grade point average. In order to obtain weighted credit for AP courses, the student must take the AP exam at the end of the course. In addition, a student must have a “C” or better at semester in order to continue in the class the following semester, or to carry on to the next level the following year.
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