Advanced Placement (AP)

What is Advanced Placement?

Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level become AP students. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admissions process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world. AP courses are college-level courses taught with very rigorous demands and expectations, but these courses are excellent preparation for the university experience.

Why Participate?

Earn College Credit and Advanced Placement

  • Receive recognition by more than 90 percent of colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries, which grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam grades.
  • Have time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study abroad.
  • Design a college experience that suits you and gives you the flexibility to get the most out of your college years.
  • Stand Out in the College Admissions Process

  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
  • Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
  • Gain Skills that Will Help You Succeed in College

  • Get a head start on college-level work.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.
  • Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons

  • Be part of a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious, and committed to academic excellence
  • Engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively
  • Take courses that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout the country
  • How Do I Enroll?

    Talk to an AP teacher or the AP Coordinator at your school about the course you want to take. Discuss the course's workload and any preparation you might need.Edgewood ISD, like the College Board, believes in open enrollment for AP courses--however, students must understand the required rigor, time, and effort that will be required to achieve success in AP courses

    AP and the Cost of College

    Research shows that your AP experience can benefit you in several important ways when you reach college:

  • 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 $19,0001 for each additional year.
  • AP helps students qualify for scholarships - 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.2
  • 1- Costs include tuition, fees, and books only, and do not include room, board, and other living expenses. Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2008-09 (Enrollment-Weighted). The College Board, "Trends in College Pricing," 2008.

    2- Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research, Inc. March 2007.

    For information, contact Campus Test Coordinator