Advanced Placement Program
AP courses are college-level courses taught at the high school. Students are taught a rigorous depth and breadth of material following the College Board required elements for each course. The purpose of the AP program is to enable students to be competitive with other students throughout the nation on challenging AP exams. Successfully completing these exams allows students to earn college credit for courses taken in high school and is a bonus for students and their families when facing the rising costs of college education. Students who have taken an AP course but who opt out of the AP exam have had a more rigorous course than other students on campus and are better prepared for their future. For the purpose of computing grade point averages within the Grossmont Union High School District, Advance Placement courses carry a “weighted” 5-point “A”.
We encourage all AP students to pay for and take the AP exam in the subjects they are enrolled in. Some colleges will not acknowledge the AP course in a student’s transcript if they have not attempted the exam(s) for courses in which they are enrolled. We strongly encourage you and your student review college admissions policies for the college(s) and university(ies) of your choice to make an informed decision on taking the exam or not. Even within the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) systems, policies vary from college to college, university to university.