Advanced Placement (AP) Coursework Overview
The College Board’s AP courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school. They offer you challenging coursework and a taste of what college classes are like. Clifton High School offers a variety of AP course selections (current list below):
- AP 2-D Art & Design
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- AP Psychology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Statistics
- AP European History
- AP US Gov. & Politics
- AP United States History
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP English Language & Composition
- AP English Literature Composition
- AP French Language & Culture
- AP Italian Language & Culture
- AP Spanish Language & Culture
When you take an AP course, you have the opportunity to take the AP exam in that subject. You must pay a fee to take an AP exam. AP exams are given in May. They’re 2-3 hour tests made up of multiple-choice and free-response questions. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.
The extra effort you put into an AP course is definitely worth it. Consider these benefits:
- AP courses offer the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level. This better prepares you for college work.
- If you receive a high enough score on an AP exam, you may be eligible for credit, advanced placement or both at most colleges in the United States.
- The AP Program offers a number of AP Scholar Awards to students for outstanding performance on AP Exams. If you qualify, colleges will recognize this achievement.