Advanced Placement

What is it?

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide high school students with college-level curriculum and exams which help them develop study skills and habits that will prepare them for the rigors of college coursework. AP courses are available in 34 different areas.

Some school districts offer AP courses in person. AP courses are also offered online 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 Learning Power AP courses are in the subject areas of science, math and English, and they are offered free of charge to eligible students.

AP exams are administered each year, and students earn scores ranging from 1-5 on their exams. Many colleges throughout the United States offer college credit (and/or advanced placement) for students who score 3 or higher on their AP exam.

Now what?

Check with your school counselor or principal to see what courses are available in your school or online. You can also visit the South Dakota Virtual School.