The Advanced Placement Program at Whitefish Bay High School continues to grow and improve. WFBHS offers Advanced Placement courses in:
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP U.S. History
AP U.S. Government & Politics
AP Studio Art
AP courses, sponsored by The College Board, combine challenging college-level curricula and potential college dollar savings. They are becoming more popular throughout the state and the nation, as more and more high school students receive college credit or advanced standing upon successful completion of national Advanced Placement exams in May. A student may sign up for an AP exam without taking a AP course, although it is clear that students who have prepared for the exam in an Advanced Placement class achieve at a much higher level. More information about the Advanced Placement program is available via the link below:
Why do so many of our juniors and seniors take Advanced Placement courses? Success in Advanced Placement coursework represents an important savings in time and money for students entering college. Most universities grant not only college credit but also advanced standing to students entering with Advanced Placement credit. Nearly 3000 institutions grant up to a year of credit for a sufficient number of qualifying AP grades. This credit may reduce the cost of tuition for many students and families, or may allow the student to pursue a second and third major. Students may also receive sophomore standing during their freshmen year, allowing them to sign up for classes earlier that their age-range peers, facilitating an on-target graduation date. These are just two of the many reasons why student choose to pursue this rigorous college level coursework in a high school setting.
There are many other advantages to students taking Advanced Placement coursework. These courses allow students to challenge themselves at a college level within the high school setting, thus permitting them to sharpen their academic skills and build confidence before going to college. Advanced Placement courses on a transcript demonstrate a student's willingness to tackle more difficult courses. For highly selective universities, AP coursework on transcripts is the norm for entering freshmen. Students taking AP courses are eligible for honors and other special programs available to students who have received Advanced Placement recognition. Students entering a college with AP courses are usually exempted from taking introductory courses and permitted to take higher-level courses. These reasons are why many WhitefishBay students elect to take college level coursework during high school.