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"AP classes were the best classes I took in high school. By doing well on my AP Exams, I was able to be placed into college courses that were a better fit for me.”
Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level become AP students. Through AP’s college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the college admissions process and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated and inspiring teachers in the world.

...learn differently.

From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you’ll notice the difference — in the teacher’s approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. That’s because AP is more than just a class, it’s a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious and committed to academic excellence. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead, you’ll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

...find your passion.

“AP classes allow me to learn at a higher level and to dive in depth into each
subject. My teachers treat the class like a college course rather than a high school class.”

Are you interested in art, history, languages, math or science? With 19 AP courses to choose from at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, including AP Calculus, Environmental Science and Psychology, we have one of the largest AP programs in the state of Minnesota. You’ll be able to explore your interests with other students who share your desire and drive to learn. AP courses are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout the country. In AP classes, you’ll study fascinating topics and ideas that just might become the foundation of your future college major or career.


...imagine and succeed.

It’s no secret, AP courses are hard work. But, it’s work that pays off. AP courses help you improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities and develop better study habits — skills that are vital to your success later in college. What’s more, research shows that AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years, which only 27 percent of students at U.S. public colleges achieve. The average price of college at these institutions comes to $18,000 for each additional year a student takes to finish, showing why graduating on time is more important than ever before.

...challenge yourself.

“I take AP to be better preparedfor college and to receive credit for theadvanced work that I’ve been doing.”

Challenging yourself by taking an AP course is a great beginning, but don’t stop there. Each AP course concludes with a standardized exam written and scored by college professors and AP teachers, giving you the chance to show how well you’ve mastered college-level course work. Taking AP Exams is your opportunity to see how you stack up against other college-bound AP students around the world.

...get the credit you deserve.


A successful score on an AP Exam is a widely recognized sign of college-level achievement. In fact, more than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam grades. By entering college with AP credits, you’ll have the time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major or study abroad. Go to www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy to find out more about the AP policies of colleges that interest you.

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Text and quotes taken from the College Board brochure "Choose AP", available in PDF format at this link.