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AP (Advanced Placement)


Click here for an article that discusses the benefits of challenging yourself in an AP class

Why should a student take an AP course?

  • AP courses are challenging, college-level courses that prepare students for the rigors of a college education better than most other high school courses can.
  • AP courses help students improve their reading, writing, and study skills, which can translate into improved performance in other classes and in college.
  • AP courses allow students to engage a subject at a higher level and to a greater depth of understanding than most regular classes permit.
  • AP test-preparation helps prepare students for other tests, such as the SAT and ACT.
  • Colleges and employers prefer students who have challenged themselves with AP courses.
  • In many cases, colleges are more interested in a student’s AP experiences (the courses taken and the AP exam scores earned) than they are with a student’s GPA.
  • Students who perform well on the AP exam can earn college credit or advanced placement in a college or university program, saving parents and students the cost of tuition and books.  And unlike post-secondary and Seniors-to-Sophomores classes, AP students can earn college credit for multiple courses, not just one at a time.
  • GHS rewards students who earn an A, B, or C in an AP course with an additional “point” when calculating GPA.  (Thus, a “5-point A” is possible instead of the standard “4-point A.”)  This is a great way for students to improve their GPA and class rank.
  • GHS students have performed very well on the AP exams in the past, and the courses are taught by experienced instructors.

More Information

For a more detailed overview of the goals and themes of these and other AP courses, sign on to the AP Central Web site at

How to access your AP scores

Click the above link to register with College Board to get your scores.  If you do not do this, you will not be able to access your scores.