Why Take an AP Course?

  • The Advanced Placement Program (AP) gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while they are still in high school. If students get a "qualifying" grade on an AP Exam, there are more than 3000 colleges and universities that will give credit or advanced placement for their efforts. An AP course gives students an opportunity to learn a subject in greater depth and helps them develop skills that will be critically important to successful study in college.

    Bismarck Public Schools offers 16 AP courses:

    • AP English 11 (Language)
    • AP English 12 (Literature)
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Probability & Statistics
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Biology
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP Computer Science Principles
    • AP US History
    • AP Government
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Music Theory

    Are AP courses difficult?

    Compared with regular high school courses, AP courses are usually more demanding. Depending on the subject, students may read and write more, analyze material, synthesize ideas, solve problems, evaluate, and participate in seminar discussions. Most AP classes are comparable to sophisticated college courses, so they aren't easy, but they're not impossibly difficult either. The intellectual skills and interests that students can develop in AP courses - critical reading, analyzing data sets, synthesizing evidence to develop new insights, etc. - will equip students for life-long learning. These courses move rapidly and cover a lot of ground. Successful students are those who keep up or, better, stay a little ahead of the required reading. Students must also be able to do the work, and a student's record in earlier courses is the most obvious indicator of that ability.

    If you want to enroll in an AP course-

    To enroll in an AP course, students need to discuss their interest with the teacher of their interested AP course or with their school counselor to find out if he/she feels they can handle the extra work. Students may also want to discuss the course with their parents. The AP teacher or AP Coordinator will tell students when in May the AP exam will be offered at Legacy, Bismarck, and Century High Schools and how to register for it. The cost for each 2018 AP exam is $94.00.