The AP program, developed by the College Board, is the most widely accepted college-level academic program available to high school students. AP courses are rigorous, high-level courses designed to give students a head start in college.
Each AP course has a corresponding exam, given in May, that assesses the knowledge and skills students have acquired throughout the course. A passing score on the AP exam can earn students college credit at most universities, saving them time and money. Research has shown that students who take AP courses and exams are significantly more likely than their peers to graduate from college in four years, and they are more likely to receive college scholarships.
Woodcreek High School offers fourteen AP courses in six subject areas. The prerequisite requirements for each course are listed below. To enroll in any AP course, we require that students have a minimum 3.0 cumulative academic GPA in addition to a C or better in the prerequisite class. Because AP courses are especially demanding, we believe it’s important that students demonstrate overall success in their academic courses prior to taking on an AP-level work load.
AP English Language and Composition (replaces English 11)
AP English Literature and Composition (replaces English 12)
AP European History (replaces World Studies)
AP US History (replaces US History)
AP US Government and Politics (replaces Government)
AP Human Geography (elective open to 10th- 12th graders)
AP Psychology (elective open 11th and 12th graders)
AP Environmental Science (open to 11th and 12th graders who have successfully completed Biology and Chemistry)
AP Chemistry (open to 11th and 12th graders who have successfully completed Honors Chemistry and Honors Pre-Calculus)AP Physics C (Mechanics) (open to 11th and 12th graders who have successfully completed Honors Physics and have completed or are enrolled in AP Calculus)
AP Calculus AB/BC (open to students who have successfully completed Honors Pre-Calculus)
AP Statistics (open to students who have successfully completed Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus)
AP Spanish Language (pending sufficient enrollment) (open to students who have successfully completed Spanish 4)
AP Studio Art (open to students who have successfully completed Art 3 –requires completion of a portfolio)
We hold a College Readiness Night each fall where we provide information about our AP and Honors courses as well as SAT and ACT exams. In the spring, we host a Spring AP Night, where parents and students who have signed up for AP courses for the following year can come and hear directly from the teachers about the courses they plan to take. Watch for dates on our website.
This booklet provides detailed information about AP exams for parents and students enrolled in AP courses.
General Information about the AP Program
AP Credit Info Policy
Every university has its own policy as to how AP exams translate into college credits. Search here for a specific university’s policy.