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AP® Courses

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Frequently Asked Questions


 

Why should I take AP® classes?

Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses are rigorous, college-level classes that provide high school level students the opportunity to gain the skills and experience that colleges recognize. When a student decides to undertake an AP® course, she should anticipate a “deeper dive” into the subject of interest where she will gain the opportunity to consider complex concepts, critically analyze information, and exchange ideas with fellow classmates and teachers. Furthermore, AP® courses provide students a chance to establish sound study habits and hone their time-management skills before they set off for college.

Benefits of taking AP® courses extend to college and university admission decisions as well. It is reported that 85% of tertiary institutions view AP® courses favorably in the college admissions process. Some will even provide college credit for AP® courses, which can ultimately save considerable amounts in tuition.

For more information on AP® classes and its benefits, please visit the following link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home

 

 

Have your AP® courses been audited and approved by the College Board?

Yes. All our AP® courses have been audited by the College Board. The AP® course audit process ensures acknowledgement by admissions officers and college faculty of the rigor of AP® courses. It also allows higher education institutions to find us on the AP® Course Audit database as approved providers.

Students who take our AP® courses can affix and take advantage of the “AP” designation on their transcripts. This becomes particularly significant since a majority of colleges and universities now use a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) for the admissions process. AP® courses carry a greater numerical value than regular high school courses.

To ensure our students are competitive candidates during the college admissions process, and for students who request it, we would be happy to provide an authorized letter of AP® provision to supplement your college application.

For more information on the weighted GPA, click here.

 

 

What is the recommended age for a student planning to take your AP® courses?

The College Board does not allow credit for AP® courses on transcripts for students below the 9th grade. According to the College Board Bulletin, student performance on AP® Exams illustrates that in many cases “AP courses are best positioned as part of a student’s 11th and 12th grade academic experience” since conceptual understanding and required skills are developed in foundational courses in the preceding years. For this reason, our AP® courses are directed to students who are in the 9th grade or above, and who also satisfy our subject-specific prerequisites. Students and parents are advised to review our prerequisites by clicking on their subject specific AP® course in the “Course Selection” section above.

To read the College Board Bulletin, click here.

 

 

Can I take your AP® courses if I am not a homeschooler?

Yes. We accept enrollments from students in “brick and mortar” public, private, and international schools that do not offer AP® courses. If you would like to include our AP® course in your school transcript, you will first need to obtain approval from your school. A meeting will then be organized with your AP® coordinator/counselor to discuss relevant details.

 

 

What are the prerequisites for AP® courses?

Each AP® course we offer has its own prerequisites. To view the subject-specific prerequisites, please visit the individual course page from the “Course Selection” section above.

 

 

Do I need to participate in the lab components of the science AP® courses?

All AP® science courses posses a compulsory lab component that students must complete. Without completion of this component, students cannot use the “AP” designation on their high school transcript.

 

 

Do you provide lab components with your science AP® courses?

Yes. For all AP® science subjects, the College Board mandates a lab component. For AP® Biology, a minimum of 8 guided inquiry based labs; AP® Chemistry requires the completion of a minimum of 16 hands on labs; and AP® Physics 1 requires students to participate in hands-on labs that emphasize inquiry-based investigations that provide opportunities to engage in the seven AP® science practices. For this reason, students are to purchase a lab kit from our vendor to use at home for both AP® Biology and AP® Chemistry (please click on the individual courses above for more information). For AP® Physics 1, most devices and materials needed to conduct lab activities can be found in a typical household; materials that are no available can be inexpensively purchased at a hardware store.

 

 

What are your class sizes?

We limit our class size to 10 students, for the benefit of both students and instructors.

 

 

What do I need to know about the AP® exam?

There are thirty-eight AP® courses and hence 38 AP® exams, each with their own specific requirements. For detailed subject exam expectations, please follow this link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse

Some commonalities that exist among all exams are as follows:

  • Exams are 2 - 3 hours in duration

  • The first part of the exam usually consists of multiple choice questions.

  • The second part of the exam usually consists of free-response questions, where you must write your answer.

  • Exams are taken in the first two weeks of May.

  • Results are released in July.

For more information about AP® exams, please follow this link: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam

 

 

What are the technical requirements?

Participation in forums, obtaining and completing assignments, accessing pre-recorded lectures, and communicating with classmates and teachers, will be facilitated through our learning platform. However, other technical requirements include:

  • High speed internet connection

  • Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer

  • PC or Mac: Standard laptops, desktops and tablets are supported

  • Operating System: Windows XP or later; Mac OS X

  • Microphone (AP Music Theory) and speakers

  • Scanner

  • Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint