Gifted & Talented News: High School

Winter 2017: Why Advanced Placement (AP)?

What is Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program is a nationally recognized program that introduces students to the rigor of college-level work while they are still in high school. AP courses give students a potential opportunity to earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. The focus is not on just memorizing facts, classes are based on engaging discussions, problem solving and learning to write at a college level.

What are the Benefits of taking an AP Course?

AP courses can help students gain skills and study habits needed to be successful in college. Students will improve their writing skills, problem solving skills, and time management skills. Research shows that AP courses help students graduate from college in a shorter amount of time and qualify for scholarships.

Who Can Take AP Courses?

Students taking AP courses should be prepared to be challenged and committed to working hard. There will be lots of reading and research and students should be prepared and organized. Gifted identification is not required. Students can see a school counselor for more information about the AP program courses offered at their high school.

AP Courses Currently Offered In Columbus City Schools (options vary at each school)

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB & BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Human Geography
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • U.S. History

What do Students Need to Know About the Exam?

Columbus City School students who take an AP course are expected to take the AP Exams in May. AP Exams are an opportunity for students to show what they know and what they can do. The AP Exam is the final step a student takes after a year of hard work in an AP course.

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What is an AP Score and What Does it Mean?

An AP score shows how well a student performs on an AP exam. It's also a measurement of achievement in an AP course. This score is used by colleges and universities to determine if credit will be given or if a student will be allowed to skip an equivalent course once they get to college.

An AP score is a weighted combination of scores on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section. the final score is reported on a 5-point scale as follows:

5 = extremely well qualified

4 = well qualified

3 = qualified

2 = possibly qualified

1 = no recommendation

Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5. Each college decides which scores it will accept.