The main advantage of taking an AP course is better preparation for college. It has been shown that students master in-depth content at the college level more easily after completing AP courses in high school. Students also acquire sophisticated academic skills and increased self-confidence in preparation for college.
Students who take AP courses in Little Elm ISD receive weighted grade points in the AP course.
Students who succeed on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school, saving both time and money. Some parents have saved the equivalent of a full year of college and total living expenses for their student.
Finally, scoring well on an AP exam can fulfill the requirements of the Texas Distinguished Academic Program (DAP).
What is the Texas Distinguished Academic Program (DAP) For students entering ninth grade in 2013-14 and prior?
The Texas Distinguished Academic Program (DAP) is the advanced high school program for Texas students. The program is based on students completing the 26-credit recommended Little Elm ISD high school program. In addition to those credits, students must complete advanced measures at the college or professional level that are assessed by outside evaluators. In order to achieve this distinguished recognition, students must complete any combination of four advanced measures listed below:
Earn a score of 3 or above on a College Board AP exam (Each exam score counts as one measure);
A core on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition as a Commended Scholar or higher;
A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit;
Complete original project or research judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project or an appropriate audience (no more than 2 research projects can count toward the advanced measures).
AND Freshmen entering in 2011-12 school year must also score Advanced High on the STAAR EOC tests in Algebra II and English III.