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Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement® (AP)

The Advanced Placement® (AP) Program provides academic college preparatory coursework in the major subject fields. AP classes emulate introductory college courses, preparing students for selective universities and colleges.

The AP program is a challenging academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with college-level academic courses. The AP program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities and is considered a standard for academic excellence in the U.S. AP provides a challenging educational program that prepares students for selective universities and colleges. AP is a rigorous program dedicated to educational excellence with a long-standing history in the United States.

Mission

The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. The AP program supports the principle that each individual school must develop its’ own curriculum based on a set of expectations that colleges and secondary school faculty nationwide have established for college-level courses.” “For over 100 years, the College Board has partnered with leading educators, schools, and colleges to create innovative programs that help students, families, and educators to evaluate each student's academic strengths; challenge students to explore their interests and reach their potential; inspire students to do their best work; and pursue educational opportunities beyond high school.”

Courses

Individual teachers develop their own curriculum based on established course requirements and AP standards that must be approved by the College Board as part of the AP Course Audit process. University professors review the course syllabi for rigor and content to match college standards. All AP courses are one-year. Magnolia ISD offers 28 AP courses!

Recognition

Students may enroll in as many individual AP courses as they wish based on academic strengths and interests. The College Board recognizes students with exceptional performance in the Advanced Placement program as follows:

  • AP Scholar - 3 or higher on 3 exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor – Average 3.25 with a 3 on at least 4 exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction – Average 3.5 with a 3 on at least 5 exams
  • National AP Scholar – Average of 4 on all exams with a 4 on at least 8
  • Community service is a requirement of AP Government

Examinations

It is a Magnolia ISD expectation students sit for an examination at the end of the AP course. The district AP tests are scored on a scale of 1—5. All examinations are graded by a group of AP readers and scores are reported in July.