The AP courses are college level courses taught in high school. These courses reflect what is taught in the top introductory college courses.

  • Students take AP Exams at the end of the course, measuring their mastery of college-level work;

  • A score of 4 or higher on an AP Exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

The Advanced Placement Program offers more than 30 courses and exams, yet not all are taught in each and every school that implements the AP Program. Please note that, at NOVA, we are currently offering only the courses given below:

•  Arts: Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio

•  English: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition

•  History and Social Sciences: Comparative Government and Politics, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology

•  Mathematics and Computer Science: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Statistics

•  Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1: Algebra-based, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics

•  World languages: French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture

Students can also choose to take an exam as a self-study, even if the course is not offered in the current year.

Please visit http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html for a detailed description of the AP courses.

The Advanced Placement Program Handbook