Advanced and AP Programs
Advanced and AP Program
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program that allows high school students to engage in rigorous college level course content and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Grand Prairie ISD offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English, social studies, computer science, mathematics, science, foreign language, music theory, and art. Students are given the opportunity to show mastery in these college-level courses by taking the Advanced Placement examination in May of each year.
AP courses are open to all students with the prerequisite coursework who wish to take on the additional challenge of advanced content and curriculum. As a result, AP students are expected to work at an accelerated pace and to engage in outside reading and independent learning with the support of a College Board authorized instructor.
Scores on the AP exam range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college or university determines the scores to be accepted for credit, but most consider a score of at least 3. College typically award three to six college credit hours for each passing AP score.
Please visit the link below to see the credits available for specific scores at your college of choice:
College Board Credit and Placement Policies
AP Scholar Awards
The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar Awards. AP Scholar Awards are added to the student's AP score report in late August, and student receive an award certificate by mail in September.
Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Honor
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
State AP Scholar
Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
National AP Scholar
Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
About AP Scholar Awards
There are two steps to calculating the awards:
- The student's average AP score is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years.
- The student's exam scores are checked to see which ones count toward the various AP Scholar Awards.
A student must meet all criteria to be eligible. For example, a student who has a 3.25 AP score average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams.
Exams taken multiple times only count once; the highest score will be used for the award calculation.
The Calculus AB subscore, Music Theory aural subscore and Music Theory nonaural subscore are not used in the AP Scholar Award calculations.
The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications, resumes and so on. Students do not receive any monetary award from the College Board.