Advanced Placement (AP)

Why Advanced Placement?

  • Taking AP classes can help students:

    • Build skills and confidence
      • AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
      • They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

    • Get into college
      • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.[1]
      • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.[2]

    • Succeed in college
      • Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.[3]

    • Save time and money in college
      • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time[4]—which means they avoid paying for, for example, the fifth year of tuition.
      • Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
      • Fulfilling graduation requirements early
      • Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses
      • Lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course. 
      • AP Testing will be online and done at home, more information will be available after April 3, 2020. Please be patient as College Board and WCPSS work collectively to resolve AP testing.

AP Courses Offered At Our School

  • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School offers the following AP courses:

    • AP English IV - Literature
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Computer Science 
    • AP Computer Science Principles
    • AP English Language and Composition (English III)
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP Government and Politics - US
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP Spanish Literature and Culture
    • AP Statistics
    • AP United States History
    • AP Studio Art: 2D Design
    • AP World History: Modern


    NOTE: Students who score a Level 3 or higher on the AP exam may submit their score to their selected college for credit.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What are the advantages of taking AP courses?

    A: 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 credits.

    Q: What is the difference between an Honors and AP class?

    A: AP classes are college-level courses that are more challenging and rigorous. AP classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students.

    Q: Why should I take an AP class? What will it do to my GPA?

    A: 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.


    Q: How much does it cost to take an AP course?

    A: There are no charges for taking an AP course at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. However, if you elect to take the examination in the spring, the fee is approximately $75 per exam. Students may qualify for financial assistance from The College Board if necessary. Please see your school counselor to see if you qualify.

    Q: If I take an AP course, do I have to take the exam?

    A: Yes, we recommend students take the AP exam. However, 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.)You do not have to report your score to colleges but taking the AP exam scores gives the schools and the county planning a baseline of performance scores for planning and instructional best practices.