Advanced Placement Courses

    Advanced Placement Courses provide the ultimate academic challenge for our high school students, and they offer unique opportunities to qualified students in grades 9-12. Students who enroll in these classes accept rigorous academic challenge, receive extra weight in their GPA, enjoy the possibility of earning college credit, engage in more in depth exploration of topics and develop valuable skills and habits that help lead to success in college and the workplace.
    Taking AP courses can help students stand out in the college admission process, gives students a chance to experience a college level class while in high school, and scoring successfully on an AP exam often allows students to skip introductory courses in college and save money on college tuition.
    College Board approves all Advanced Placement courses and designs the exam that accompanies each course.  Students who enroll in AP classes are expected to take course exams when they are given in May.  Again in 2016, North Carolina will pay the exam fee for students enrolled in AP courses.
    DPS offers its students a strong Advanced Placement Program, and DPS Department of Advanced Academics supports your decision to accept the AP Challenge!
    • 25 Advanced Placement courses are offered in DPS classrooms; select others are available online via NC Virtual Public Schools.
    • 100 DPS teachers, trained by College Board, teach AP courses in our high schools.
    • DPS offers district review sessions conducted by experienced AP teachers. These sessions are held on two Saturdays in April and are free to DPS students enrolled in AP courses.
    • School level review sessions are available at your school periodically before AP exams.
    • DPS sponsors AP Scholars Camp. This AP “boot-camp” is designed for DPS students who are taking an AP course for the first time. Students get previews of various AP courses and learn skills that promote success in Advanced Placement courses.
    Kudos to our students who took the AP challenge in 2015!
    • DPS students took 1,921 AP exams.
    • DPS had 391 students who College Board recognized as AP Scholars.
      • 159 AP Scholars -  Students earned a score of 3 or better on 3 or more AP exams
      • 61 AP Scholars with Honor - Students earned an average score of 3.5 on all exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams.
      • 155 AP Scholars with Distinction- Students with an average score of 3.5 on exams taken, and score of 3 or higher on 5 or more of exams taken
      • 16 National AP Scholars - Students who receive an average score of at least all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams taken.
    DPS high schools offer a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Choosing which AP courses to take involves a few easy steps:
    • Find out which AP courses are available at your school.
    • Select AP courses from an academic area in which you are interested and academically qualified.
    • Talk with your teachers and school counselor. Counselors can show you how your PLAN and ACT scores can be helpful in choosing appropriate AP courses.
    • Visit the College Board website to learn more about AP.
    We challenge you to challenge yourself; take an Advanced Placement course!