The Advanced Placement (AP) Program sponsored by the College Board and administered by Educational Testing Services offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level course work while still in high school. AP courses and their corresponding examinations are developed by committees of college professors and secondary teachers in each subject area and must be followed by Norwin faculty.
AP exams are administered each May. Each exam consists of a multiple choice and a free-response section, with the exception of Studio Art, which consists entirely of student-submitted portfolios. Most exams are three hours long and cover two semesters of college-level work. While all students are encouraged to take the exam, there is no requirement that they do so. However, many colleges offer credit to students who take and who score well on the exams; therefore it may be financially beneficial for students to take the exams. The school counselors can advise parents and students about the colleges that provide credit to students.Students who select an AP course should expect to spend considerable time in out-of-class preparation (summer assignments are common). Although Norwin does not restrict the number of AP classes a student may select in a school year, more than two AP classes would require a very strong commitment from any student. Should you have questions concerning any AP course, please contact your Guidance Counselor.More information about AP courses and exams can be found at:Listed are Norwin’s 14 Advanced Placement courses:
Studio Art U.S. Government & Politics
Biology Music Theory
Calculus AB Physics B
English Language Statistics
English Literature U.S. History
Environmental Science World History