AP - Advanced Placement

Central AP Info



    The Advanced Placement Program (AP) began at Central in 1994. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for AP courses. AP coursework allows your student to dig deeper into specific subjects that interest them while developing their creativity and problem-solving skills. AP classes cover a wide range of topics representative of college study in a particular subject. We are proud of our successful AP program; Central students have received 2,859 credit-qualifying exam scores over the past 5 years.

    AP classes are offered individually and provide a commitment to advanced curriculum. Teachers have the flexibility to design the course while meeting Collegeboard instructional standards, ensuring the class can be tailor-fit for the school in which it is offered.

    There is no entrance requirement, although a prerequisite course may be necessary in preparation for the AP class. The student should be academically ready and highly motivated to engage in the rigors of the scope and depth of the AP course. Administered by the College Board, AP courses are standardized nationally. Exams are administered in May and graded externally. If students test well, college credits are awarded at nearly all colleges in the United States and Canada.

    Many students ask "What is the difference between AP and IB?" A comparison of AP and IB is found by clicking the link on the right side bar. Also, find links to a few Minnesota colleges and universities' course award policies for AP and IB.

    For answers to more specific Advanced Placement questions, follow the links below: 

    AP Global Credit Policy Search

    Benefits of taking an AP course

    AP Exams Offered at Central

    AP Exam Format 

    AP Recognition at Graduation

    Central's AP Program Video

    College Board AP information

    or contact AP Coordinator, Joleen Armstrong



    *Students not currently enrolled at Central High School will be allowed to test only for those AP courses we offer during the 2021-22 School Year.  

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