The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers high school students college-level courses and exams, which result in students having the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credits.
Students who take AP courses and achieve a qualifying score open the door to several benefits on their postsecondary success journey. Students who pass the AP test with a score of 3 or above can earn college credit.
Depending on the university, students may earn more credit with a score of 5 (the highest possible score) than a three. Some selective colleges only award credit for a score of 5.
In addition, many colleges award elective rather than core credit, i.e., a student may earn a 5 in AP Physics, but the university may choose to award elective rather than science credit. Note that some highly selective colleges do not award credit for AP classes.
By earning college credit while in high school, students save significantly on college tuition, avoid required introductory courses and advance to upper-level courses, which places them on a faster track toward degree completion.
Learn more about Advanced Placement classes in DPS and scroll down to see the AP classes we offer at ALHS.
AP Calculus AB
AP United States History
AP Human Geography
AP Studio Art
AP Spanish Language
AP Italian Language