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Advanced Placement

What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program that offers college-level courses and exams for high school students. These courses are designed to be more challenging and rigorous than standard high school classes and are intended to prepare students for the academic demands of college. In addition to high school credit, students may receive credit or appropriate placement from participating colleges provided they make acceptable scores on AP exams. These exams are administered in May and paid for by the district. Exams may also be taken by students who do not enroll in AP courses in high school. Students should go to or see their counselor for additional information. In order to fulfill the requirements of an AP course, students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the corresponding AP exam to earn weighted points.

EISD Advanced Placement Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English III
  • English IV
  • European History
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish IV
  • Studio Art 2D
  • Spanish V Government
  • US History
  • World History

Benefits of Taking AP Courses

  • College Credit: One of the primary benefits of taking AP courses is the potential to earn college credit. Many colleges and universities grant credit or advanced placement to students who score well on the AP exams. This can allow students to skip introductory-level courses in college and potentially graduate earlier or have more flexibility in their class schedules.
  • Academic Rigor: AP courses are more challenging than regular high school classes. By taking these courses, students can experience a higher level of academic rigor, which can better prepare them for the challenges of college and enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • College Admissions: Admissions officers often view AP coursework favorably on college applications. Taking and excelling in AP courses demonstrates a student's commitment to academic excellence and willingness to challenge themselves, which can positively impact college admission chances.
  • GPA Boost: AP courses are weighted differently than regular high school classes, giving them a higher grade point value. This means that even if a student earns a B in an AP course, it might be calculated as an A in their GPA, giving them a GPA boost. AP Courses at Elgin High School have a weighted multiplier of 1.2. 
  • Subject Interest and Exploration: AP courses cover a wide range of subjects, allowing students to explore different fields of study and potential career paths. This exposure can help students discover their interests and passions.
  • Test-Taking Skills: Preparing for and taking AP exams can improve a student's test-taking skills, which are valuable for both standardized tests like the SAT and ACT and for college exams.

It's important to note that while there are numerous benefits to taking AP courses, they can also be quite challenging and demanding. Students considering AP should assess their academic readiness, workload capacity, and personal interests before enrolling in these courses. It's essential to strike a balance between academic rigor and maintaining overall well-being. For additional information about Advanced Placement courses at Elgin High School, please review the 2023-2024 Course Guide, or contact your students counselor for assistance.