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Advanced Placement (AP)

Why AP?

Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

A Different Kind of Class

From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the difference—in the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead you'll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

Find Your Passion

With 34 AP classes (25 at West High School )to choose from, including Chinese Language and Culture, Environmental Science, and Psychology, you'll be able to explore your interests and discover new passions. In AP classes, you'll study fascinating topics and ideas that just might become the foundation of your future college major or career.

Prepare to Succeed in College

AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. You'll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.

Earn College Credit and Placement

More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

— From the Collegeboard AP Website

Contacts

Shannon Wilson

Shannon Wilson

Titles: School Counselor
Departments: Backman Elementary School
Email:

IB/AP Exam Proctor Training

Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors, we need your help! This year West will be testing nearly 700 students. The only way this happens is with the wonderful help of our volunteers. Please come to one of our mandatory Proctor Training sessions in the Guidance Center during the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 10th, 12:00 PM

Wednesday, April 17th, 11:25 AM & 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 18th, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24th, 12:00 PM

Tuesday, April 30th, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM