??????????? AP classes otherwise known as Advanced Placement classes are offered at most high schools and provide a college curriculum at the high school level. At the end of the course, usually in May, students will take the AP exam for whichever subject they took the course in and based on their score they will receive credits equivalent to one college level course. AP exam scores range from a 1 to a 5 and most colleges consider 3 and above a passing score, although some universities require a 4 or 5 to earn the college credit. Statistics show that 1/3 or high school students receive a passing grade on their AP exams.
In addition to challenging high school students, AP classes can save high school graduates money and time in college. Currently, there are 34 different AP classes/exams offered by the college-board, but you will need to check with your school to see how many they have available. AP classes are making American students more competitive, but you want to make sure that your child can handle the academic rigor as they do require a large amount of reading and writing. It is important to consider extracurricular activities and other time constraints, especially if you are considering taking multiple AP classes.