Advanced Placement

What is advanced placement?

The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools, colleges and universities. Since 1955, the program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit while they are still in high school. Advanced Placement courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board.

The program’s success is rooted in the collaborative efforts of motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed schools. North Boone High School has made the commitment to organize and support classes that are equivalent to first year college courses.

Why ap?

Confidence – Develop better study habits, improve your writing skills, and sharpen your problem-solving abilities. This will give you the confidence to tackle the academic challenges that you can expect in college.
Credit – Entering college with AP credits gives you time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study/travel abroad.
College Success – Research consistently shows that students who are successful in AP typically experience greater academic success in college than similar students who do not participate in AP.

Earning college credit or advanced placement

With qualifying AP Exam scores, you can earn credit, advanced placement, or both at the majority of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement. You should obtain a college’s AP policy in writing. You can usually find this information through the institution directly or by using the AP Credit Policy Info search at
Most two-and four-year colleges and universities worldwide recognize AP in the admission process and accept successful exam scores for credit, advanced placement, or both.
Colleges that receive your AP score report will typically notify you during the summer of any advanced placement credit, or exemption you have earned. You can also contact your college to find out how your AP Exam scores are being applied.

AP Scholar awards

Each September, the College Board recognizes high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement with AP Scholar Awards. While there is no monetary award from the College Board, AP Scholar Awards further strengthen your college admission portfolio. For information about award criteria, go to: