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Advanced Placement

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 an AP class 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 interest, 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.

Why should I commit to take an AP Exam?

AP Policy Search 

*Use this tool to find colleges that offer credit or placement for AP Exam Scores

Who should take AP?
Little Elm ISD has an open enrollment policy. This means there are no GPA prerequisites to enroll in advanced 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 to 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 3 or higher (TX state universities; please verify with IHE) should consider taking an AP course.

Pre-AP & Advanced Placement

  • Advanced Placement options are college readiness courses.
  • Pre-AP courses cover the same TEKS as on-level courses. However, the instruction and lessons are designed in such a way to challenge motivated students with critical thinking skills, promote reading comprehension, provide ample opportunities for higher order questioning and problem solving, and prepare them for success in Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level coursework.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses prepare students for the AP Exam and the academic rigor and autonomy of college-level instruction.
  • Pre-AP and AP courses are open to all students, regardless of GPA, as long as they have met any Prerequisites for the course. Students are encouraged to choose courses with their interests, extra-curricular responsibilities, and academic strengths in mind.
  • Students taking AP classes are expected to take the associated AP Exam. 
  • AP examinations are given near the end of the academic year 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 for qualifying students that can cover up to 80% of the AP Exam fee.

Students are not required to be enrolled in a course to take the associated AP Exam and College Board offers examinations for courses not offered by Little Elm ISD.

Get in touch

Michelle Gentry, Associate Principal for Little Elm High School
Address | 1900 Walker Ln, Little Elm, TX 75068
Phone | 972.947.9443

Megan Heller, Campus Testing Coordinator for Little Elm High School
Address | 1900 Walker Ln, Little Elm, TX 75068
Phone | 972.947.9443 Ext: 21200