Advanced Placement

What is it?

The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high school students with college-level curriculum and exams which help prepare them for the rigors of college coursework.

The curriculum for each of the 34 courses in which exams are administered is created by a panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject.  

In order for a high school course to have the AP designation, teachers at local school districts must submit their local course syllabi to the for approval before teaching the class within their district.

AP Exams are administered in May of each year, and students earn scores ranging from 1-5 on their exams. Many colleges throughout the United States offer college credit for students who score 3 or higher on their AP exam.

How does it work?

Many school districts in the state offer AP courses to their students on-site.  Teachers for these courses submit their course syllabus to the College Board for approval, and students participate in the corresponding AP exam in the spring.

Other school districts in the state offer online AP courses to their students through the South Dakota Virtual School. The Virtual School includes traditional AP courses, as well as a special program unique to South Dakota called “Learning Power.” The seven AP Learning Power courses are in the subject areas of science, math and English, and they are offered free of charge to eligible students.

How can I get started?

If you would like to offer an on-site AP course in your district, click here to learn more about having your course approved.