The Advanced Placement (AP) Program of The College Board enables students to complete college level studies at Plano Senior High School. The "academic bridge" helps smooth the transition from high school to college. The primary goals of the AP Program are to enrich the secondary school experience of students ready to apply themselves to college level courses and to provide the means by which colleges may grant credit or placement, or both, to students with satisfactory AP test scores.
The Benefits of AP
Each AP course stands alone, on its own merit. AP allows students to explore their area of interest. For example, a student who is strong in math may choose to take AP Calculus, whereas a student whose strength lies in the humanities may select one of the many history options.Students who want to experiment with a college level course may enroll in just one AP class. Students who are ready to face the challenge of a college level curriculum may enroll in as many as six AP courses.
Students who earn college credit through AP exams save on college tuition and expenses. Some students start with sophomore standing, saving the cost and time of one year of college.
Enrolling in AP
Plano offers one of the largest range of AP courses in the nation for students. Students entering high school need to plan with their counselors to insure that all prerequisite courses are scheduled early enough to allow them to take the AP course of their choice at the senior high level. Most AP courses are one hour in length, the exceptions being AP Studio Art, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry, which require two-hour blocks of time. All AP courses earn advance placement grade points.
PSHS offers the following AP courses:
Chinese: Language & Culture
Computer Science A
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
Government & PoliticsLatin: Vergil
Physics 1 / 2
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
PsychologySpanish: Language & Literature
Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art: 2D & 3D
United States History
The examinations are structured to measure three areas- depth of knowledge, completeness of thought, and synthesis of ideas. Approximately 1,200 institutions award credit based on the student's AP exam scores. Exams are graded on a five-point scale with credit usually given for scores of 3 or higher. College credit is generally awarded upon a student's enrollment, although some institutions award sophomore standing only after a student has completed satisfactory work on campus. The score requirement and number of college credit hours varies among higher education campuses.