The Advanced Placement program allows students to take college-level courses while they are in high school. It is one of several ways students can earn college credit while still in high school including College in the High School and Running Start
AP courses are taught by high school teachers who follow curriculum guides established by college faculty through the College Board Advancement Program. Students take a national exam in May.*
You can find a list of AP classes in the Course Catalog.
Exams and College Credit
AP grades of ’4’ and ‘5’ are comparable to a college grade of ‘A’, and AP grades of ‘3’ are comparable to a college grade of ‘B’. Students who score above ‘3’ on a five-point scale are usually given college credit at colleges and universities across the state and the country. At state institutions in Washington, students may receive as much as 15 quarter hours of credit for each score of ‘3’ or higher on an AP exam.
Each college defines what scores it accepts for credit or course placement. Klahowya offers AP courses in the following academic areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics C (Calculus Based), Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, U.S. History, World History, Government & Politics: United States, Human Geography, Psychology, Studio Art, French, Japanese, and Spanish. This compares to a national average of 10 courses for schools participating in the program.
Expectations for academic performance, behavior, maturity and time commitments are at the college level. Students should expect more reading and homework and expect to be evaluated as a college student. Because these classes use college textbooks and are college-level courses, students and parents may expect some exposure to mature subject matter.
There is a fee for each AP Exam. Students who need financial assistance for AP materials and examination fees should contact their AP teacher or the Assistant Principal.