Advanced Placement (AP)

  • AP courses are college-level courses that require students to work at a high, rigorous level and complete additional outside work/reading outside of class. AP classes can prepare you for the college experience.

    Students in an AP class are eligible to take an AP test in the spring. These tests are not required; however, the AP test score is how you may earn actual college credit - the high school class alone is not college credit. Colleges/universities determine the amount/type of college credit awarded once you are attending their school.

    Benefits

    • Expectations and pace of class closely match the college experience.
    • A score of 3, 4, or 5 may earn you college credit.
    • Advanced Placement is recognized by post-secondary schools across the nation.
    • A score of 4 or 5 can bump a student's grade by a grade point for either 1st semester or 2nd semester (for example: C+ to a B+).

    AP is for you if... 

    • you are thinking about college and want to know what it will be like.
    • you have a strong interest in the subject.
    • you plan to go to college and want to earn credit.
    • you will complete projects and coursework outside of class.

    Other notes

    • Some Advanced Placement classes have prerequisites.
    • The AP test is offered only in the spring, and fee payment is required.
    • One college credit costs hundreds of dollars. Each AP test is less than $100 and could earn you a few credits, depending on your score and the college. AP college credit varies by school. Be sure to review enrollment materials from colleges you are considering attending.

    Useful Links

    Questions? Mr. Strozyk, AP Coordinator, 360-412-4820, sstrozyk@nthurston.k12.wa.us