Advanced Placement Program
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement courses are university level courses that TAS has received permission from College Board to teach. Traditionally, these courses are open to students in Grades 11 and 12, with some exceptions for strong grade 10 students as space permits. Our instructors and the curricula for all AP courses have been evaluated and approved by College Board. AP courses are very demanding and academically rigorous. Students must meet prerequisites and have a teacher recommendation before being scheduled into an AP course. AP Course offerings vary from year to year; all courses and their course descriptions are outlined in the Curriculum Guide, while students register for specific AP courses online. AP courses conclude with students having the opportunity to take the corresponding AP Exam. AP exams are two to three hours long, given in May and made up of multiple-choice and free-response (essay) questions.
**AP Courses are fee-based to cover the cost of the AP exam as well as additional course-specific classroom and student resources and materials.
The Academic Team will conduct a final review of all AP class rosters to finalize student placement.
What benefits do students receive from AP courses?
A real benefit of the AP Program is that students can take as many AP courses as they can reasonably handle, in areas of interest to them, and still have room in their course schedule to take advantage of other courses and after school activities. The AP program at TAS offers a wide range of options to meet nearly any student’s academic interests and abilities, while at the same time affording the flexibility for a student to pursue a passion in a particular subject area, and the ability to take advantage of our many sports, fine arts, performing arts, and community service activities.
Numerous research studies show that taking AP courses has a positive effect on a student’s achievement in college, and increases the likelihood of finishing university in four years. Other studies have shown that participation in extracurricular activities correlates strongly with academic performance in college, as well as success in life. At TAS, we have found that a strong AP program, together with a vibrant co-curricular program, allows students to take full advantage of everything we have to offer, while opening doors not only in North America, but in hundreds of universities in Europe, Japan, Australia and many other countries.
AP Courses at TAS
- Calculus AB
- Computer Science Principles
- Studio Art: 2-D Design
- Studio Art: Drawing
- World History