Information about Advanced Placement Courses

About the College Board’s Advanced Placement® (AP®) Program

The AP Program gives you a chance to experience college-level classes in high school and opens the door to earning college credit before you ever set foot on campus. You’ll get to dig deeper into subjects you love while building the skills and confidence you need to succeed in college.

Valley Christian High School offers AP courses in 23 subjects, each of which culminates in an optional exam in May. If you score a 3 or higher (on a scale of 1–5), you could earn college credit, skip intro-level courses, or both at thousands of U.S. colleges and universities. Earning credit in high school means paying for fewer credits in college. It also opens up your schedule, allowing you to take more electives, pursue a second major, or study abroad.

Regardless of your AP Exam score, taking AP courses can have a positive impact on your college applications. Admissions officers know college faculty play a big role in developing AP courses, so they know students who took AP pushed themselves to take challenging, college-level courses. This is something colleges like to see.

Take some time to look through the AP courses we offer. See if any interest you. By taking these courses, you can find out what college work is like while you have the support of teachers you trust in an environment you know.

New AP Exam Registration Process

Starting with the 2019-20 school year, you’ll be asked in the fall to register for AP Exams. The exams will still take place in May.

If your AP course doesn’t start until after the fall exam ordering deadline, you can register later in the year. For help registering, talk to your AP teacher, counselor, or the academic coordinator (jmitchell@vcs.net).

Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 8:21 AM