ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM

WHAT IS ADVANCED PLACEMENT?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

WHY DOES ES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OFFER AP COURSES RATHER THAN OTHER ADVANCED PROGRAMS?

The College Board’s AP Program has grown to be the most well-respected and prominent advanced curricula program in the United States, with sixty (60) percent of all American high schools offering AP courses. Because the vast majority of our students wish to attend American universities in order to pursue their academic and/or athletic dreams, the AP Program is the best way for them to demonstrate their academic capabilities on a level plane with other American students who are competing for the same scholarships.
 
The AP program also offers more flexibility than other advanced programs, as students can regulate the intensity of the program according to their individual needs. Flexibility is particularly important for our student-athletes, who need an adaptable, but academically rigorous, program if it is to be compatible with athletic training and tournament schedules. Similarly, students with strong academic ambitions can take more AP classes than others in order to gain further advantages in the university admissions process.

ARE AP COURSES VERY DIFFICULT?

Many students think AP classes are tough, and they are right: they are tough. Nonetheless, students who are motivated, and willing to work hard can achieve great success in these challenging exams. Our students are goal driven and determined to meet difficult challenges, always finding ways to improve and succeed. Qualities that student-athletes use on the tennis court to win, like perseverance, discipline, and focus, also help them in the classroom with these challenging courses.

HOW CAN AP HELP ME IN THE UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT PROCESS?

AP classes allow you to show your drive and determination when you work to achieve goals that matter to you. Universities look for students with passion; they are looking for the next great scientist, the next great economist, or the next great poet laureate. AP gives students the opportunity to show how they work hard, to never quit, and to continue on battling towards “getting it right.” That is the kind of commitment that is sought out and rewarded in AP classes.

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS OF AP COURSES?

Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. Taking AP classes shows universities you have taken the most challenging courses possible.
 
By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.
 
If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.
 
*Information provided by The College Board at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/the-rewards

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