The Advanced Placement (AP) Program, sponsored by the College Board, offers highly motivated and capable high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses at the local high school. Courses are offered in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign languages, art, and music. AP courses are open enrollment and participation is based on course prerequisites as indicated in the course guide. In addition to all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, a wider range and greater depth of content is taught, with an emphasis on higher-level critical thinking skills as well as provisions for creative and productive thinking. The students are required to complete independent as well as guided research. Upon successful completion of the course, the student receives high school credit.
AP courses offer admissions officers a consistent measure of course rigor across high schools, districts, states, and countries. All AP teachers, no matter where they are teaching, must provide a curriculum that meets college standards. When admissions officers see “AP” on a transcript, they have a good understanding of what you experienced in a particular class and how well it prepared you for the increased challenges of college.
Burleson ISD students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the AP exam that accompanies the AP course in which the student is enrolled. Costs of these exams are the responsibility of the student; however, financial assistance may be available.
If the student takes the associated AP exam, advanced placement and/or college credit may be awarded upon college entrance. Colleges and universities have policies regarding how much credit and/or advanced placement will be received for a given score on an AP exam, including any courses from which the student will be exempted or any higher-level courses the student will be allowed to enter. Currently, more than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition, fees, and textbook costs. Before taking AP exams, students should check college websites about specific advanced placement and credit policies. Additional information about credit policies can be found at the COLLEGE BOARD'S AP CREDIT POLICY SEARCH page.
AP exams may be administered to home-schooled students eligible to attend school in Burleson ISD. Contact the campus AP Coordinator before October15 to register. See the calendar for AP exams in the link above.