AP - Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Exams

Purpose of Advanced Placement

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.)

The AP Experience

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.

Receiving college credits for AP through AP exams

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.

More information about AP

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.

AP Capstone

What is Capstone?

■  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