Advanced Placement (AP) Classes

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) gives students in USD 305 an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while they are still in high school. Through this, students will earn weighted high school credit and may have the option to apply for college credit (dual credit). Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP exam in May.

High quality student work is expected, therefore, more study and research time is required for students to meet the rigorous demands of the course material. Students in the district's two high schools may enroll in one or more of the Advanced Placement courses listed below:

  • AP Language & Comp
  • AP Literature & Comp
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Calculus 
  • AP Statistics
  • AP World History
  • AP American History
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art (2D & 3D)

The location of the class (either one or both high schools) will be determined following the spring pre-enrollment process. If the AP course is not available at the student's home high school, the parent/student is responsible for providing transportation to and from the other high school.

Weighted grade points are assigned only to the classes listed above.

Why Take AP classes?

AP offers something for everyone. The only pre-requirements for an AP class are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan and a willingness to work hard. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

Gain the Edge in College Preparation

  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.
  • Get a head start on exactly the sort of work you will confront in college.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Earn college credit by passing the AP exam.

Stand Out in the College Admissions Process

  • Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
  • Enter college with several college credits, after passing the AP exam.

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons

  • Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.
  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
  • Examine subject with your intellectual peers.

Some of this information was obtained at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html