AP Courses

What is Advanced Placement?

The Advanced Placement Program® is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities.  It is the world’s largest enrichment program with more than 17,000 schools participating and students writing over two million AP exams annually each May. The AP program is approximately ten times larger than the IB (International Baccalaureate) program and is more flexible, with students choosing to take one AP course or several.

AP, which was developed by the U.S. College Board in 1955, offers students the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school.  Students earning 4 or 5 on the AP exam can earn either university credit or advanced placement at over 4,000 universities and colleges worldwide.

Students taking AP courses are more likely to graduate from university with a double major and are twice as likely to pursue graduate studies (Masters degrees, PhD, medicine, law). As well, students are more likely to complete their Bachelor’s degree in four years. Students who take AP courses comment on how they feel more prepared for the challenges and academic rigor of post-secondary studies, finding the transition from high school to university far smoother and easier to manage.  In short, AP courses help students to develop both intellectual responsibility and analytical skills, both of which are vital to success in post-secondary studies and beyond.

There is no cost to take an AP course at ATSS. However, there is a $25.00 examination fee. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on their AP exam will have this fee refunded. Students who register to write and exam and do not will be charged an unused exam fee of $13.00. ATSS will also run AP exams for courses we do not offer. In this case, the student must pay the AP exam fee of $89.00.

What are the Advantages of Advanced Placement?

You choose! Students can take one AP class or several – it’s your choice!
Challenge! By taking AP courses in high school, you will experience the challenge, rigor and depth of college level courses while still in secondary school.  AP courses are an impressive addition to university and scholarship applications.
Preparation! You will learn what college level courses are like and develop the skills necessary to be successful in college or university.
“College entrance exams reveal that young people who take challenging classes, such as Advanced Placement courses, perform better than their peers regardless of their family or financial background.” Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education

University and College Recognition! Students with a “qualifying grade” (3-5) can earn either credit or advanced placement at over 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide. Students who are successful in three or more courses are granted an AP Scholar Award, which appears on their AP transcript.