ACS Athens' Advanced Placement Program
Since 1955, the Advanced Placement (AP) program is run by The College Board, a non-profit organization. It offers a wide variety of rigorous, analytical and challenging college preparatory courses. Depending on performance, candidates can earn worldwide university credit (AP credit policy). The design, delivery and assessment in these courses offers a unique learning experience as it enables students to gain deep understanding of the subject, to develop advanced skills in writing and problem solving and to become actively involved in the teaching process.
AP courses can help students acquire skills and habits necessary for success in college. The rigor and advanced level of these courses make the AP program widely accepted to universities and colleges around the world.
The program consists of 38 courses from which a student can choose, provided the courses are offered at the school.
You may view a very informative documentary film presentation, in which students from around the world share their positive academic experiences from AP courses.
Advanced Placement (AP) @ ACS Athens
Teaching strategies of AP courses at ACS Athens follow the educational philosophy of the school. Student guidance for the selection of AP courses follows our holistic, meaningful and harmonious philosophy in education.
ACS Athens will offer the following AP courses in the academic year 2013 - 2014:
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Spanish
Courses run for one year, at the end of which students take external standardized tests provided by the College Board and administered by the licensed school.
There is an additional fee for the external test which is paid by the student upon registration for the exams. Mid February of each academic year the school informs the parents and students about the opening of the registration process and the respective deadlines. The registration process is open to all Academy students as students can take AP examinations without having taken the course.
The short duration of the AP courses compared to those of the IB, allow the students to design their own unique program which best fits their student profile and academic plans. In many instances, such programs have been proven to be more effective and timely for a great number of students. In addition, students who feel confident about their content knowledge of certain subjects or have taken similar IB or ACS Athens courses can approach the AP and IB office to discuss the option of taking the respective AP examinations. Having taken an AP examination in grades 10 and 11 enhances the student profile and therefore presents an additional qualification for college applications.
Students receive a certificate for each AP course they complete. For each AP exam the student takes, the College Board awards various certificates and awards, one of which is the AP International Diploma.
Please be reminded that students of all grade levels may take any AP examination without having taken an AP class. College Board gives this option to students as an affirmation that learning can take place independently and outside of the classroom. They may choose to study the material on their own or through an online course provider of their choice and register to sit the examination in May. Upon a passing grade on the examination, students will be awarded the appropriate certificate from College Board.
For example, this year, students will also register for the following exams
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Physics B
- AP Art History
Benefits of the AP program
AP courses can help students acquire skills and habits necessary for success in college. The rigor and advanced level of these courses make the AP program widely accepted to universities and colleges around the world. AP courses may provide students with the following:
- College credit depending on score
- Intense discussions
- Solving problems collaboratively
- Learning how to write clearly and persuasively
- Improving writing skills
- Sharpening problem-solving abilities
- Developing time – management skills
- College level study habits
- Flexibility for the “best fit” student profile
- Worldwide recognition
How do I sign up?
In order to register for May AP examinations, students must register with College Board and all the details can be found in our Registration section.