Advanced Placement® or AP®

  • Advanced Placement® is a College Board® program designed to offer a rigorous collegiate-like course experience for high school students.

    Students who score at the high-end on the AP® exams may be able to earn college credit at some colleges and universities.


    SPPS offers over 20 different AP® courses in seven of the high schools across the district.


    Click here for additional information on Advanced Placement® programs from the College Board®.


    Fast facts about AP® Exams from the College Board®

    •In 2014, over 4.2 million exams were taken by more than 2.3 million students at over 19,000 high schools.   

    •The Advanced Placement Program® offers 36 courses in a wide variety of subject areas.

    •The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program.

    •Except for the three Studio Art exams, which are portfolio assessments, AP® Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section.

    •More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP® Exam scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.