Advanced Placement (AP) is a nationwide program that is designed to prepare secondary students for higher education. AP classes provide rigorous, college-level curriculum in various subjects and the opportunity to earn college credits or advanced college standing. The AP program is made possible by the close cooperation of secondary schools, colleges, and the College Board. AP classes are open to all high school students in Lake Washington School District (LWSD.)
Taking AP classes in high school helps students prepare for the college-level work load. Students learn to:
Develop effective study habits
Improve writing skills
Sharpen critical thinking skills
AP also teaches discipline and helps students grow and mature academically. students report that they enjoy the challenge of the AP program. High school faculty reports that AP courses greatly enhance student confidence and academic interest. College faculty find that AP students are far better prepared for serious academic work.
Students who meet all performance standards on AP exams may be eligible to receive college credit. Colleges determine if credit or advanced standing is granted based on their institutional policies. Most colleges and universities work-wide recognize AP achievements and grant credit.
Students should contact the school to learn more about AP courses offered at that school and how to enroll. AP courses and descriptions are also listed in the school's course catalogue, which is often posted on the school website. For general information about AP courses and exams, visit College Board.