Dearborn High School

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement – College Level Classes during High School    

Advanced placement classes allow high school students to take university level courses at their home high schools. The curriculum is nationally developed and aligned to university coursework. Students who take advanced placement classes are encouraged to sit for the national AP exams in May of each year. Students achieving passing scores (3, 4, or 5) on the various exams are awarded college credit for their scores thereby decreasing the number of credits required and costs one they students enter college.


Why Choose AP?    

Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP’s college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world. 


Who should consider taking AP? 

Hard-working students who are self-motivated, looking for an academic challenge, and have time to devote 10+ hours per week study time per class.


A Different Kind of Class     

From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you’ll notice the difference—in the teacher’s approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead you’ll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.


Prepare to Succeed in College    

AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you’ll need to be successful in college. You’ll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.


Earn College Credit and Placement     

More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you’ll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.


 How Do I Enroll?

Once you’ve decided to take the AP challenge it’s easy to enroll. Talk to your counselor about the course you want to take.  Next steps:  attend the mandatory principal and teacher meetings, talk to current AP students, and review the course syllabus.