Advanced Placement (AP)
The Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Board provides qualified students with the opportunity to take college level courses on the high school campus. These courses, taught by high school teachers, include stringent college level curriculum experiences and culminate in a standardized examination. The examination fees are paid by the School District of Palm Beach County, provided the student is enrolled in the course. Students who demonstrate the required level of proficiency on the examination may be eligible for college credit in that particular subject area.
Students who fail to sit for an exam, for any reason, will have their HPA credit dropped to Honors for the course.
Eligible students are identified based on PSAT/SAT/ACT scores, grade point average, teacher recommendation, and readiness to engage in post-secondary academic work. Students must have proficient reading and math scores and be willing to dedicate extensive personal time to completion of reading and coursework.
- Open access to coursework
- Current subject teacher recommendation signature (English teacher if elective not covered by a CORE
- Summer assignment expectations (varies according to course)
- AP exams in May
- Retakes are determined by administration
- Students must pass the end-of-year AP exam for each course in order to have potential for earning college credit.
- HPA Weighting on transcripts:
- A= 6 points vs. 4.5 (honors)
- B= 4.5 points vs. 3.375 (honors)
*Students who fail to sit for an exam, for any reason, will have their HPA credit dropped to Honors for the course.*
Why take AP courses?
Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP, regardless of their exam score. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years.
Earn College Credit and Placement:
Your AP score could earn you college credits before you even set foot on campus. In fact, most AP students who enroll in four-year colleges start school with some credit.
(Ex: FAU Credit by Examination Table)
Stand Out to Colleges:
“AP” on your high school transcript shows colleges you're motivated to succeed, and taking the exam demonstrates your commitment to tackle and complete college-level work.
Save Money and Time:
Earning credit or placement can open up time on your schedule or even let you graduate early.
Keep Your Options Open:
Earning college credit with AP can give you the flexibility to change majors, pursue a second degree, study abroad, or seek internships.