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    Advanced Placement

    What is Advanced Placement?
    In response to the booming need of viable educational programs following World War II, the Advanced Placement (AP) program was created.  Through funding from the Ford Foundation and piloting by a select high schools and colleges, the AP curriculum was born.  The College Board, which took over the AP program in 1955, manages the curriculum, testing, and training for all Advanced Placement students.   Each May, the College Board and its partnering high schools administer over 1,000,000 AP Exams to students in the U.S. and all over the world.  At Allen High School, we administered over 4100 AP exams to over 2200 students in May of 2018.   
    To help students prepare for AP courses, we offer Pre-AP/IB courses at the Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School.

    AP Philosophy

    The College Board works with both high school and college officials to ensure that the AP program offers a curriculum that aligns with high school standards while maintaining a high academic level appropriate for its member colleges and universities.  With that being said, each AP exam is scored on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the maximum score.  Depending on the university’s guidelines, a student may receive college credit based upon his or her score.  University policies vary greatly, therefore students and parents must verify those requirements with the university of choice.

    At Allen High School, we believe that all students should have access to challenging curriculum and should challenge themselves in their academic endeavors.  We strongly encourage our students to take AP courses and their corresponding AP exams.

    Some of the Benefits of AP

    University Credit: Students have the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.  Students earning a qualifying score on an AP exam may earn college credit.  Please check the college or university’s policies  for clarification.
    Admissions/Scholarship Consideration:  College admissions officers and scholarship committees understand the rigor of the AP coursework.
    Quality Instruction:  All AP teachers complete training conducted by College Board or Laying the Foundations.  The level and quality of instruction in AP is said to be superior to that of a community college.

    Allen High School AP Course Offerings

    English/Language Arts
    English III- English Language and Composition
    English IV- English Literature and Composition
    GT English III- English Language and Composition
    GT English IV- English Literature and Composition
    Foreign Language 
    Spanish Language and Culture
    French Language and Culture
    Social Studies
    World History
    U.S. History
    European History 
    U.S. Government
    Physics 1
    Physics 2
    Physics C: Mechanics/ Electricity & Magnetism (one class, two AP exams)
    Environmental Science
    Calculus AB
    Calculus BC
    Probability and Statistics
    Fine Arts
    Art Drawing
    Art 2D
    Art 3D
    Art History
    Music Theory