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Advanced Placement

What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement classes are designed to help college-bound students experience the academic rigors of college-level classes within the supportive environment of the high school.  AP teachers work hard to help students develop the skills and content knowledge they will need later in college.

 

Why should college-bound students take AP classes?

Students who take an AP class are encouraged to take the AP Exam.  Doing well on this exam can help students earn college credit and/or advanced placement in many colleges and universities.

In addition to the possibility of credit or advanced placement in college, AP classes help students develop better study habits, improve their writing skills, and sharpen their problem solving skills.  Research has shown that students who are successful in AP typically experience greater academic success in college than similar students who do not participate in AP (from “Bulletin for AP Students and Parents; 2013-14”)

 

Who should take Advanced Placement courses?

AP classes are open to high school students who believe they have the ability and desire to enroll in a class that is academically challenging.  Students are encouraged to take AP classes in their area of strength.

 

Are there any requirements for taking an AP class?

The Council Bluffs Community School district believes that all students should have equitable access to our AP program.  Although any student can enroll in an AP class, counselors and teachers often will make recommendations for those students who they feel are prepared for an AP class.

District requirements for taking an AP class are:

  • Students and their parents must sign a contract before enrolling in a class,  (click here to download)
  • Students are required to complete a summer assignment in the class they are taking.
  • While not a requirement, students are encouraged to take the AP exam which is given in May.

 

For complete information about AP courses and exams, as well as sample free-response questions and scoring guidelines, study skills and test-taking tips,visit www.collegeboard.org/apstudents  For information regarding the courses offered at the high schools in the Council Bluffs Community School District, contact tmcclure@cbcsd.org

 

Students who took an Advanced Placement test in May, 2015:

You will be able to access your scores online in July.  To do so, sign up for a College Board account at apscore.org .

If you previously created a College Board account, you will be able to access your scores by using your username and password.  Once you have established an account, you can access your scores either using your AP student number (this was on the student pack you were given during exams), or your district student ID number.

You can visit apscore.org periodically for more information as it becomes available.