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Advanced Placement

The Benefits of Advanced Placement (AP)

High school students across the country and around the world take AP courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. AP can give you:

A Head Start in High School

Get a taste of college-level work while developing the academic skills you’ll need for college success. You might even discover your career path.

An Edge in College

Your AP Exam scores can earn you college credit before you set foot on campus—and let you skip introductory college courses.

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AP classes are available at all GPS high schools

AP courses prepare students to take the national Advanced Placement examination given in the late spring of each school year.

Students may be granted advanced placement status and/or college credit on the basis of how well they perform on these tests. Information regarding advanced placement courses and examinations is available from the counseling office of each high school.

Students are not required to take an advanced placement course to be eligible to take the advanced placement examination; however, students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the AP exam.

AP/Honors classes are not available to homebound students.

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