The Advanced Placement
Program, administered by The College Board, allows students to participate in
college level courses and possibly earn college credit while still in high
school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students
the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam
in May of each school year.
What are the advantages of taking AP courses?
The main advantage of taking an AP course is advanced preparation for college.
Additionally, students who score well on AP exams may receive college credit
while still in high school. The AP exams are given every year in May. Scores
are reported to the colleges designated by the student and range from 1 (no
recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college determines the scores
to be accepted for credit. Colleges may award three, and sometimes six, hours
of credit per test. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the
colleges in which they are interested in to see if they accept AP exams for
What is the difference between an Honors and AP class?
AP classes are college level courses that are more challenging and rigorous. AP
classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students.
Why should I take an AP class? What will it do to my GPA?
Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of
rigorous academic preparation. AP classes are weighted on a 6.0 scale. If you
do well, your GPA will not be adversely affected. However, it is not advised to
take numerous AP courses without serious consideration and teacher
recommendations. Doing poorly in an AP course will affect your GPA.
What AP courses/exams does Middle Creek High School offer?
AP Capstone, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language and Composition,
English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Government and
Politics, Human Geography, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, U.S. History,
and Visual Arts. Click here
to read detailed AP Course descriptions.
How much does it cost to take an AP course?
There are no charges for taking an AP course. However, if you elect to take the
examination in the spring, there is a cost per exam. Students may
qualify for financial assistance from The College Board if necessary. Please
see your school counselor to see if you qualify.
If I take an AP course, do I have to take the exam?
No. We recommend you discuss this with your AP teacher. Furthermore, if you do
poorly on the exam, your score will not adversely affect your chances of
college admittance (but doing poorly in the course will.)