Advanced Placement (AP)
What is AP?
AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. Taking AP classes benefits students in a number of ways.
Why take AP?
Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they're serious about their education and that they're willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework. Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time. Just taking the AP exam, regardless of the score, increases a student's chance of success in college. AP courses offer students the opportunity to dive into topics of specific interests such as American history, literature, Spanish language and culture, and music theory. They learn to tap their creativity & problem-solving skills and learn study skills needed for college & career success.
Who should take AP?
Little Elm ISD has an open enrollment policy. This means there are no GPA prerequisites to enroll in advances courses, however, historical success in courses with similar expectations, PSAT, STAAR, and MAP scores can be indicators of AP potential. Some AP courses require you take classes in a specific sequence. *Students who enjoy a challenge, love to read and write, and would like the opportunity to earn college credit for AP Exam scores of a 3 or higher (TX state universities; please verify with IHE) should consider taking an AP course.
Advanced Placement & High School Honors
Advanced Placement options are college readiness courses:
- Honors courses provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in Advanced Placement an/or college courses.
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses prepare students for the AP Exam and the academic rigor of college level instruction. AP examinations are given in May on specified dates and times. Results are sent to the high school. Results are also sent to the college(s) of the student's choice, which may grant college credit. Placement and credit are granted by the institution in accordance with their own policies. A fee is required for each exam. Little Elm High School offers financial aid opportunities for students that can cover partial or full cost of AP exams.
- Courses that require a summer assignment are designated in the course description. For more information, please contact the course instructor.
- Any student may enroll in AP or Pre-AP courses, if they have met the Prerequisites for the course, or are dually enrolled in AVID. Students are encouraged to choose classes with their Endorsement and Program of Study in mind.
- Students taking AP classes are expected to take the associated AP Exam(s).
Middle School Honors
Honors courses are taught on grade level with the same objectives as on-level courses. Honors courses are intended to challenge motivated students with critical thinking and reading comprehension skills, as well as to prepare them for placement and success in high school Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Advanced Placement Courses
English III Language
English IV Literature
Physics C Mechanic
Physics C Electricity & Magnetism
Spanish IV Language & Culture
Spanish V Literature & Culture
6th - Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science7th - Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science8th - Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, ScienceCompacted Math6th - Advanced Science7th - Advanced Science*Compacted MathSpanish Heritage II and III**check specific campus for offerings
College Board offers examinations in additional topics not offered by Little Elm ISD which students may choose to take. Students are not required to take an AP course to take an AP exam, however research indicates that students who take AP courses score higher on AP exams than those students who do not take the courses.AP Credit Policy Search - Search the AP credit policy at any university