Advanced Placement

Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level become Advanced Placement (AP) students. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the college admissions process, and study in a unique learning environment that will help prepare students for success in college.

Ten AP courses are offered at North Thurston High School beginning with the sophomore year. Students may choose to take as many courses as they wish, while keeping in the sequence toward their high school diploma. Each course corresponds to an AP exam which is given worldwide yearly in May. Exams are graded on a 1 to 5 point scale, with many colleges and universities granting college credit for scores in the 3 to 5 range. (It is important to note that the universities vary in what score they will accept, and which exams they will grant credit for.) North Thurston High School does not require that students who take the courses also take the exams, however, they are highly encouraged to do so.

Following, are the courses offered for the 2009-10 school year:

  • Language & Composition (11th grade)
  • English Literature (12th grade)
  • Calculus A/B (all grades after Algebra 2)
  • Calculus B/C (following Cal. A/B)
  • Statistics (all grades after Algebra 2)
  • World History (10th grade)
  • United States History (11th grade)
  • United State Government (12th grade)
  • Physics B (any grade, after meeting math prerequisite)
  • Music Theory (any grade)

In addition, students may elect to take an AP exam for which they have not been enrolled in an AP course, such as a foreign language or art exam.

To learn more about the AP program, talk with your counselor and/or check out this link: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html.

Last Modified on August 27, 2010