Advanced Placement and Pre-AP classes are the best preparation for successful post-high school education.
All students should challenge themselves by trying AP, whether they plan to attend a prestigious university, pursue military training, or learn a skilled trade.
Because of rapidly changing technology, today’s graduates need a complex set of skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively, work well in teams, think and problem-solve creatively, and commit to lifelong learning.
Students new to AP should simply try a class that interests them. The keys to success in advanced classes are desire, dedication, and discipline.
AP rigor prepares students for college-level work. All Pearland ISD AP courses have been deemed college-level not only by College Board but also by professors and universities across the country. The classes are fast-paced, have more depth and complexity than traditional classes, and incorporate more sophisticated learning processes.
AP classes help predict college success. In fact, some studies have shown that AP students are three times more likely to finish college and gain a bachelor’s degree than students who did not take AP. In addition to the rigor and high expectations, students learn to manage their time and fine-tune their study habits.
AP Exams for College Credit
Students who enroll in AP classes should always take the AP exam. Most universities and colleges will award college credit for a high exam score, while others will consider it part of admission criteria. High exam scores can save thousands in college tuition. All public universities and colleges in Texas are required to award credit for all passing AP scores, however the amount of credit and the type of credit (replacement or elective) are determined by the college/university and may change from year to year.
A student entering college with an excessive number of credits (typically, over 30 college hours), may be charged higher annual tuition due to the perceived loss of a year in the student's college enrollment, however students do not need to submit all of their AP scores, submit them all all at once, or submit them by a specifc date to receive college credit.
AP Exams for College Admission
Successful completion of AP courses is desirable to most selective universities, collegiate programs, and degree tracks. In the eyes of the vast majority of admissions offices, successful completion entails a passing grade (preferably an A or B) on the transcript for the course and participation on the associated AP exam, regardless of score.
Being in the top of their class may earn a student automatic admission into a college or university, but AP courses and exams will contribute heavily in being accepted into the student's chosen major/program from the outset and may lead to additional scholarship opportunities.
Students who have special needs are encouraged to take challenging courses. Curriculum comprises three elements: content, process and product. For students with special learning needs, accommodations in advanced classes are made according to the students’ IEP (or 504 plan). While content of an advanced class cannot be altered, the process and delivery of instruction can. Occasionally, the product may be altered, depending on the student’s IEP (or 504 plan).