AP - Advanced Placement
Learn about Advanced Placement and the courses LWHS offers for 2020-2021 school year.
- Purpose of Advanced Placement
- The AP Experience
- Receiving college credits for AP through AP exams
- More information about AP
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 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.
- Advanced Placement's new diploma program
- Signifies you completed a certain set of requirements in high school to earn an advanced diploma (in addition to your basic high school diploma)
- Similar to IB (International Baccalaureate)
- Requires you take a certain number of AP classes and meet certain requirements to earn the AP Capstone advanced diploma
- Specifically there are two foundation courses : AP Seminar and AP Research to enhance four subject-specific AP courses (in any subject) for a total of six AP courses
To find out more about what an AP Capstone Diploma is take a look at the PowerPoint Presentation. click here
- Late registration February 18th – February 27th
- A late fee of $50 will be applied to each exam
- Exam fees are payable at the Cashiers Window (cash/check) only.
- After February 27, we will not be able to accept any registrations.
- If students are unsure whether they should test, they should check with their individual subject teachers.
AP Exams are scheduled for May 4 through May 15