Advanced Placement Program. Earn College Credits
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Our constantly expanding and refining course catalog offers students the opportunity to participate in its Advanced Placement (AP) program.
The AP Program is a unique and challenging learning experience that helps students excel, as they further their education at the collegiate level – while still at Pius XI.
Challenging Courses Respected Nationwide
Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest possible level in high school become Advanced Placement (AP) students. The AP Program is supported by the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association, whose mission is to connect high school students to college success and opportunity.
AP courses, taught at college level, offer a rigorous and rewarding challenge for high school students.
Through AP’s college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement – and stand out in the college admissions process. According to the College Board, completion of an AP class during high school correlates directly to success and persistence in college.
AP Offerings and Eligibility at Pius XI
To be eligible for AP courses, students must meet certain specific high ranking academic criteria.
At Pius XI, a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in:
- Art (AP Studio Art Portfolio Preparation, AP Studio Art -11, AP Studio Art-12)
- English (AP English Literature and Composition)
- Mathematics (AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics)
- Performing Arts (AP Music Theory)
- Science (AP Biology, AP Physics I, AP Environmental Science)
- Social Science (AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP European History)
- World Languages (AP Spanish Language)
Semester grades that students receive in their AP courses are weighted. This means an “A” is figured into a student’s grade point average as five points rather than four, etc. Any AP grade lower than a “C” is not weighted.
Pius XI recognizes and will accept AP credit from other accredited sources. As a point of policy, AP courses taken outside Pius XI will not be averaged into a student’s GPA as a weighted grade.
In order to have a successful, complete experience in an AP course, students must take the AP exam for that course in May. If a student does not take the AP test in May, the student does not receive a weighted grade.
Getting a Jumpstart on College
Advanced Placement courses are one way for a student to earn dual credit in high school. “Dual credit” courses allow a student to earn credit for high school, as well as credit for college.
The Engineering Program (Project Lead the Way) and World Languages Department offer additional ways to earn dual credit.