College Board
Advanced Placement
What is Advanced Placement?
 The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a sequence of college-level courses taught in high schools by high school teachers with specialized training.
  • Offered at all NCISD high schools
  • Typically include students in grades 11 and 12 
  • Academically rigorous
  •  Weighted GPA (see attached chart for specifics on weighted GPA)
  • College Board monitored and authorized curriculum
  • Potential college credit based on student's performance on exam
What is Pre-AP?
The Pre-AP (Pre-Advanced Placement) program is a level of challenging courses designed to teach students strong study skills and learning strategies.  These courses build on the strengths of students and prepare them to experience success in Advanced Placement and other advanced academic courses.
  • Typically grades 6-10 are enrolled
  • Academically challenging
  • Emphasis on critical thinking, reading, research, and writing 
Students are encouraged to take Pre-AP courses prior to enrolling in AP courses.  The strategies and skills students learn from Pre-AP courses help them acquire content knowledge, provide a foundation for college readiness and prepare them for success in Advanced Placement courses.
What are the benefits of Advanced Placement?
Students who take AP courses will challenge themselves, sharpen their acdemic skills and learn to think independently.  Studies have shown that students who take AP courses are:
  • Better prepared academically for college admission assessments
  • Able to perform significantly better over four years in college
  • Are motivated and prepared for challenges
  • Generate and pursue thoughtful questions
What is the AP exam?
Students taking an AP course are encouraged to take the AP exam administered in May.  All AP exams contain multiple-choice questions and free-response essay questions.
Each exam is scored on the following five-point scale:
5-Extremely well qualified
4-Well qualified
2-Possibly qualified
1-No recommendation 
Many colleges and universities accept scores of 3 or higher on AP exams for college credit.  Results of the exams are sent to the colleges and universities that the student designates. 
*See the page "College Ready Assessments" for results of the AP testing.