Advanced Placement®

Description

Advanced Placement® (AP) courses provide a unique learning experience that promotes college readiness. AP courses are college-level courses and exams provided in high schools for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process. AP course descriptions and exams are developed by the College Board, and are available in over 30 subjects including art, computer science, history and social sciences, mathematics, sciences, English language and literature, and world languages.

Click Here for AP course descriptions

Click Here to see the AP Exam Schedule

For schools to offer an authorized AP course the teacher of the course must submit a syllabus for approval through AP Course Audit and the school must designate an AP Coordinator who will be responsible for organizing and administering that school’s AP program, exams and materials. If a school does not have the resources to offer an AP course, students may also enroll in AP courses through Florida Virtual School or Palm Beach Virtual School.

In addition to individual AP courses, there is an AP Capstone Diploma program. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through four other AP courses of the student’s choice. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

The College Board also offers AP Digital Edge courses which partner industry certifications with specific AP subject areas. AP Digital Edge embeds the practice of related software skills into the curriculum of an AP course. Participating students will take both the course-related AP exam and a certification exam in the related digital tool. The following pairings are currently offered:

  • AP Microeconomics with Microsoft Excel 2013
  • AP English Language & Composition with Microsoft Word 2013
  • AP Computer Science with Javascript
  • AP Studio Art: 2D Design with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Benefits

Advanced Placement coursework is challenging, however any student who is motivated and interested may take an AP course. As a District policy, students who register and take an AP course must also take the AP exam to successfully complete the course. The AP exams are developed and scored by college and university faculty members as well as experienced AP teachers. Advanced Placement is accepted by most two-and four-year colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of 3 and above. For more information about credit policies for AP courses click here.

Weighting

Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0

B = 4.5

C = 3.0

D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer Advanced Placement courses

All District high schools offer at least one AP course – which courses and how many are offered vary by school, based on student interest, as well as teacher expertise and resource availability.

The following schools offer the AP Capstone Diploma program:

Boca Raton High School

Jupiter High School

Olympic Heights High School

Royal Palm Beach High School

Santaluces High School

Spanish River High School

Suncoast High School

West Boca Raton High School

William T. Dwyer High School

The following schools offer AP Digital Edge courses:

Atlantic High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel, AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Computer Science/Javascript, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Boca Raton High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel, AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Computer Science/Javascript, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

John I. Leonard High School: AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Lake Worth High School: AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Park Vista High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel

Suncoast High School: AP Microeconomics/Excel, AP English Language & Composition/Word, AP Computer Science/Javascript, AP Studio Art: 2D Design/Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

Links to information on college acceptance of AP scores:

 Click Here for information on the state articulation agreement for AP, IB and AICE credit.

Click Here to search for AP Credit Policies at various universities.
District AP Results can be found annually on the District website

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

Advanced International Cambridge Examinations (AICE)

Description

Advanced International Cambridge Examinations (AICE) courses are part of the Cambridge Advanced Programme – the culmination of a K-12 international program offered through Cambridge University. There are 55 different AICE subjects. These college-level courses and exams are provided in high schools for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process.

Click Here for a description of the Cambridge Advanced AS and A Level Programme (high school).

Click Here for a description of the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme (middle school).

Click Here to see the AICE Exam Schedule (Note: the USA is in Zone 2)

In addition to individual AICE and pre-AICE courses, there is an AICE Diploma available. To earn an AICE Diploma, students must take seven credits with a minimum of one course in each of the following groups:

  • Math/Science
  • Languages
  • AS Global Perspectives & Research (core requirement)
  • Interdisciplinary & Skills Based Subjects (maximum of 2 credits)
    • A second year of Global Perspectives (A level)
    • Thinking Skills
    • General Paper

 

Benefits

AICE coursework is challenging, however any student who is motivated and interested may take an AICE course. As a District policy, students who register and take an AICE course must also take the AICE exam to successfully complete the course. The AICE exams are developed and scored by Cambridge University. AS and A Level AICE exam scores are accepted by most public colleges and universities in Florida for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of A, B, C, D or E. Many universities worldwide also accept Cambridge course credits. For more information about credit policies for AICE courses click here.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Weighting

Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0

B = 4.5

C = 3.0

D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer AICE courses

All District high schools offer at least one AICE course – which courses and how many are offered, as well as whether or not the AICE Diploma is available, vary by school, based on student interest, teacher expertise and resource availability.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Programmes:

Woodlands Middle School

The Conservatory School

Cambridge Primary Programmes:

The Conservatory School

Links to information on college acceptance of AICE scores:

 Click Here for information on the state articulation agreement for AP, IB and AICE credit.

Click Here to search for AICE Credit Policies at various universities.
AICE exam results are sent directly to schools each year.

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Description

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are part of the International Baccalaureate Programmes which include elementary, middle and high school levels.  These programs are part of Choice Programs.

Click Here for a description of the IB Diploma Programme

Click Here for a description of the IB Career-related Programme

Click Here for a description of the IB Middle Years Programme

Click Here for a description of the IB Primary Years Programme

In the high school Diploma Programme (DP), college-level courses culminate with exams for which students can earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process. The IB Diploma is recognized internationally and leads to advanced standing in universities throughout the world. The IB Diploma Programme framework includes required courses within six subject groups: 1) Studies in Language and Literature, 2) Language Acquisition, 3) Individuals and Societies, 4) Experimental Sciences, 5) Mathematics and Computer Science, and 6) Arts. There are additional requirements for Community Action and Service, Theory of Knowledge and the completion of an Extended Essay. The IBDP culminates with both internal and external assessments.

Click Here to see the IB Exam Schedule

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) includes a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, a core of four components and a career-related study. The CP also includes internal and external assessments.

Because the IB Program is a Choice program, students must apply to attend. The IB Diploma program has specific requirements, including a 3.0 Academic GPA. Algebra I or Algebra I Honors are recommended. It is also recommended to have Spanish, French, or Chinese for high school credit.

Benefits

As a District policy, students who register and take an IB course must also take the IB exam to successfully complete the curriculum. The IB exams are developed and scored by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. IB exam scores are accepted by most public colleges and universities in Florida for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of 4 and above. Many universities worldwide also accept IB course credits. For more information about credit policies for IB courses click here.

Students who have completed the IB Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who have completed the International Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4 year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Weighting

Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

A = 6.0

B = 4.5

C = 3.0

D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer IB programs

The following District schools offer an International Baccaluareate Programme:

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme:

Atlantic Community High School

Forest Hill Community High School

Pahokee Middle/Senior High School

Royal Palm Beach Community High School

Suncoast High School

William T. Dwyer High School

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme:

Atlantic Community High School

Forest Hill Community High School

Suncoast High School

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programmes:

Atlantic Community High School

Carver Middle School

Conniston Middle School

John F. Kennedy Middle School

Forest Hill Community High School

Pahokee Middle/Senior High School

Royal Palm Beach Community High School (currently undergoing authorization)

Suncoast High School

William T. Dwyer High School

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programmes:

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School

Forest Park Elementary School

Morikami Park Elementary School

Pahokee Elementary School

Westward Elementary School

A federal grant was awarded that will also include the development of IB programs at the following schools between 2016 and 2019:

Grove Park Elementary

Howell L. Watkins Middle School

Palmetto Elementary School

Links to information on college acceptance of IB scores:

Click Here for information on the state articulation agreement for AP, IB and AICE credit.

Click Here to search for IB Credit Policies at various universities.
IB exam results are sent directly to schools each year.

Contact Information

Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness

  • Phone: 561-432-6344
  • PX: 86344
  • Fax: 561-434-8073

Email: becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org