Offering 29 courses, San Antonio’s Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Each AP course connects directly to a wide variety of college majors and careers. AP courses also help students transform the subjects they are enthusiastic about into a fulfilling future. By giving students the opportunity to explore what interests them the most, AP courses help them find and pursue their unique direction. Plus, eighty-five percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.
Each AP course concludes with an opportunity for students to earn college credit with an AP examination. The AP 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 examination scores. These examinations are graded on a five-point scale with college credit usually given for scores of 3 or higher. At San Antonio ISD, enrolled students are expected to participate in the examination process and sign an oath to do so at the beginning of each AP course.
Taking AP courses could give you an advantage in college by letting you:
- Earn College Credit
Your AP score could earn you college credits before you even set foot on campus. Use the College Board Tool to see what credits apply to the colleges you are interested in attending!
- Stand Out to Colleges
“AP” on your high school transcript shows colleges you’ve tackled college-level work.
- Save Money and Time
Earning credit or placement can open up time on your college schedule by letting you skip introductory courses and can even let you graduate early.
Additionally, AP Courses give you a head start in high school. Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years. Taking AP can help you:
- Get a Taste of College
Get familiar with college-level work—and boost your confidence by tackling it.
- Develop College Skills
Time management, critical thinking, scholarly writing—AP courses help you hone the skills you’ll need in college and career.
- Discover Your Passion
Studying a subject in depth could give you new insights and even put you on the path to a career
To learn more about Advanced Placement, please visit the College Board Student Portal.