Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced PlacementCollege courses for prepared high school students.

Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.

With so manyacross so many subject areas (more than a dozen subject areas at West High School), AP offers something for everyone. The only requirements are strong grades in previous courses, a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study, and the willingness to work hard. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

  • Get a head-start on college-level work.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.
  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
  • Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
  • Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.

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