Advanced Placement is a college/high school program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college level classes while still in high school. Students passing the College Board tests, given each May, will receive University of California credit, while also receiving high school credit. (Most schools give full credit for a 3, 4 or 5 on the tests. Private colleges such as Yale, Harvard and Princeton do not give AP college credit. If college credit is questionable call the college for information.).
Redlands High awards students an extra point in GPA for AP classes. For example a “B” grade is usually a 3.0 but for AP is recorded as a 4.0. Courses taught at Redlands High require an application for admittance. This process allows for next year planning and the screening of applicants to ensure student success. Most teachers are looking for students that can read college level texts, have a “B” average or better, demonstrated academic success, participation in class and have good attendance. AP English classes have a required essay so teachers can evaluate a student’s writing ability. AP Statistics and AP Calculus look for mathematics success in previous classes. AP Spanish takes students that have completed Spanish III or have some Spanish language skills. Students who do not meet the criteria for an AP course, may sign a waiver but will only be admitted if space remains in that course after all accepted students have been enrolled.
AP classes use a curriculum that meets and exceeds the California Curriculum Standards. Classes use college texts, sometimes additional supplementary texts, and nearly all require objective tests and essay writing. Curriculum standards follow college course objectives. A major goal of the RHS program is to take and pass the College Board test in May.
The classes are rigorous and demanding in terms of the amount of nightly reading, homework, writing assignments, research projects, lab requirements, objective tests, essay tests and higher level thinking skills. Many teachers have additional reviews after school and on weekends. Most of the courses have a summer assignment to introduce the student into the subject and better prepare them for the class in mid-August.
AP offers a chance for high school students to demonstrate college level skills while in high school. College admission officers can better evaluate college applicants based on AP scores that are universal throughout the United States. The number of unsuccessful college freshman has dropped with AP courses in high school.
Parents can save a great deal of money on college courses with AP credits. A number of students transfer from Redlands High to college as sophomores and not as freshman. This saving can be substantial with the cost of college tuition today rising.
Advancement Placement encourages high school students to take an AP course while in high school. The rigorous academic experience leads to more successful college students later. “Better to challenge oneself and obtain a “B-“grade than perhaps an “A-“ that was not that difficult.”
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