跳级 (AP) is a program of college-level courses taught in the high school setting by high school teachers. All AP courses have been approved by College 董事会, and provide students with the opportunity to seek advanced coursework leading to advanced placement and/or college credits through successful completion of a College 董事会 AP examinations. All students taking and passing AP courses are expected to take the AP examination unless they follow the opt-out process. The purposes for taking an AP course are to learn a subject in greater depth, to develop analytical reasoning skills, and to develop disciplined study habits appropriate for continued success at the college level. Compared with regular high school courses, AP courses are more demanding, requiring more time and work outside of the school day, including the summer prior to the start of a course. Research shows, students that complete AP classes are better prepared for the demands of college.
学校 determine which 跳级 courses will be offered based on the needs of their students. 跳级 courses and examinations are available in the following areas:
- 微积分(公元前AB /)
- Environmental 科学
- Physics C Electricity and Magnetism
- Physics C Mechanics
- AP 2-D 艺术 and Design
- AP 3-D 艺术 and Design
- Language and Composition
- Literature and Composition
- Economics (Macro/Micro)
- US Government and Politics
- Comparative Government and Politics
All AP exams (except 美联社画, AP 2-D 艺术 and Design, and AP 3-D 艺术 and Design) contain both multiple choice and free response questions that require essay writing, 解决问题, 和其他技能. 在美联社画, AP 2-D 艺术 and Design, and AP 3-D 艺术 and Design, students submit portfolios of their work.