ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)Advanced Placement is a cooperative endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. This program, sponsored by the College Board, is designed to enable students to have the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school. At the end of the AP class, the student sits for the AP Exam – potentially earning college credit. Tests are administered at Westside and registration typically takes place in late January or early February.
Additional AP information and testing schedule can be found on the College Board website.
(Right) Math comes to life for students in Mr. French’s AP Calculus BC course--they work cooperatively and even sing Calculus carols for other classes during the holiday season!
AP/PRE-AP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is AP?Advanced Placement (AP) is a program sponsored by the College Board. Participating in the program gives students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. The best source for information on AP is the College Board website – www.collegeboard.com.
AP courses teach students skills that can lead to success in college. Students will develop the writing skills, problem-solving techniques, and study habits that will prepare him/her for college academics. Plus, taking rigorous AP courses demonstrates a student’s maturity, willingness to push him/herself intellectually, and commitment to academic excellence, which can help him/her stand out in the college admissions process.
What are AP Exams?AP Exams are given once a year in May. These exams provide students with a standardized measure of what they’ve accomplished in the AP classroom. Colleges and universities will use these AP Exam grades to possibly award the student credit, placement or both.This sounds like a lot of work. Are there any other rewards?In addition to the intellectual rewards listed above, AP and PAP students are also rewarded with an extra point on their GPA.
Student A – Preparatory English 1 Semester Grade: A GPA points: 4
Student B – Pre-AP English 1 Semester Grade: A GPA points: 5
The following chart summarizes the GPA points for Pre-AP/AP vs. Prep classes.
80 – 89
75 – 79
70 – 74
0 – 69
What grade do I have to make on the AP Exam to earn credit from my university?Each college/university has a unique credit policy. In June of 2015, HB 1992 was passed; this legislation requires all Texas public colleges and universities to award credit to students who submit scores of 3 and higher on AP Exams.What are Pre-AP courses?Pre-AP courses are designed to prepare students for the rigors of the AP course. Enrollment in Pre-AP is not required to enroll in AP course – but, it is very beneficial.No. Westside has adopted the College Board’s philosophy of open enrollment. If a student is interested in taking a PAP/AP course, then he/she will simply register for those courses when he/she completes course selection.For more information or to ask any questions, please contact