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Advanced Placement

  • Competitive Advantage in College Admissions

    Eighty-five percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.

    Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college.

    College Credit for qualifying AP Exam scores

    By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. Students may receive college credit by taking the AP exam in May and getting a qualifying score of 3, 4 or 5.

    Financial benefits

    Research shows that students who take AP are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.

    With AP, you can skip introductory classes in college, which not only saves you on tuition but puts you on a faster track toward degree completion.

    Preparation for college-level work

    AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work. AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

    Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.

    Subject areas offered in 27J Schools

    Each of our comprehensive high schools offers a variety of subject areas that appeal to students’ interests.  For more information on course availability at your school, talk to your school counselor. 


    There are fees associated with taking an AP exam and submitting an AP portfolio; however, fees may be waived for students who demonstrate financial need.