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Advanced Placement (AP)


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Why should you take AP classes next year?  Check out these student produced videos.

What is Advanced Placement?

Atrisco Heritage Academy High School is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience that prepares all students for college and career readiness. 


The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is the most academically challenging curriculum that our District offers. AP courses are based on guidelines from the College Board and have been approved by the College Board. These courses expose students to college level curriculum, emphasize critical thinking skills, and provide preparation for the Advanced Placement examination.   Students earn a qualifying AP score on the Advanced Placement exam and may earn college credit (credit varies among colleges.) Advanced Placement examinations are administered in May of each year. 


*Most AP courses require an average of 1-2 hours of homework every night. Students should carefully consider their overall academic load when making course selections. Students and Parents will be required to sign an AP course contract before registering for this course. Taking the Advanced Placement examination is expected. 

Why take an AP Course?

Research across the United States demonstrates the importance of high level, rigorous coursework in high school to prepare students for success in post-secondary life. Our Advanced Placement course offerings are a significant way in which we will meet the goal of preparing our students for academic success.

Several studies point to success in higher education enjoyed by students who experience AP courses while in high school. A few examples include:

 ·       Earn credit or placement for qualifying AP Exam Scores. Most colleges and universities in the United States grant incoming students credit, placement or both on the basis of your AP scores.

·       Experience a college-level exam.

·       Be prepared for academic success by participating in rigorous academic coursework.

·       Save time. Most students take five or six years, and sometimes even longer, to earn their bachelor’s degrees at public colleges and      universities. Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to graduate in four years. Students who took the AP English Literature course and exam in high school had a 4-year graduation rate 62% higher than students who did NOT take an AP English course and exam in high school. (“College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and non-AP high school Experiences.” Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, The College Board, 2008)

·       Save money.  Students who take longer to graduate from a public college or university typically pay between $8,000 and $19,000 for each additional year.  (“Trends in College Pricing,” Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2008-09.)

·       Standout in the Admissions process and increase eligibility for scholarships.

·       Earn additional weight in grade point average calculations to enhance GPA.  

AP Exam Information


AP Credit Policy Information for Colleges/Universities- Visit the site below to look up the colleges/universities you are interested in attending and find out if they accept AP credit for certain exams.


Course Offerings:

AP Studio Art Drawing (12, 11)

AP English Language & Composition 11 (11)

AP English Literature & Composition 12 (12)                  

AP Calculus AB (12, 11)

AP Spanish Language and Culture (12, 11, 10)

AP Spanish Literature and Culture (12, 11

AP Biology (12, 11) 

AP Physics B (12, 11)

AP US Government/Politics (12)

AP US History/Geography(11)

AP World History/Geography (10)

AP Exam Schedule 2015

CLICK HERE to see the AP Exam Schedule in May 2015

Want to study for the AP English Literature/Language Exam?

Mrs. Salazar in D226 is offering AP Study Sessions! CLICK HERE for a schedule!