Get a Challenging, Rigorous Academic Experience
- AP classes tend to have harder, more detailed curriculums than your typical high school classes do.
- AP classes are also useful for showing off a particular academic strength. For example, if you’re strong in math, taking AP Calculus and getting a 5 on the test is a concrete way to demonstrate your skills to admissions committees.
Learn Time Management and Self-Study Skills
- Taking AP classes can really improve your studying skills. Since AP classes culminate in a cumulative test at the end of the school year, you can’t just go from unit to unit as you can in other high school classes. Rather, you need to ensure you're retaining information the whole year
- While AP teachers will include review sessions in their curriculum, since there is limited classroom time, students inevitably have to do some studying on their own.
Explore New Interests
- Although many AP classes build off a typical high school schedule (particularly the math, English, history, and science classes), others are more specialized. Taking these AP classes can allow you to explore specific fields of study as a high school student.
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Psychology
- AP Statistics
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP United States History