Advanced Placement (AP)

What is Advanced Placement (AP)

college board logo

Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level become AP students. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admissions process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

Why Participate?

With more than 30 courses and exams across multiple subject areas, AP offers something for everyone. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

Earn College Credit and Advanced Placement

  • Receive recognition by more than 90 percent of colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries, which grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam grades.
    acorn 35 opacity

  • Have time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study abroad.

  • Design a college experience that suits you and gives you the flexibility to get the most out of your college years.

Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.

  • Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.

  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

Gain Skills that Will Help You Succeed in College
  • Get a head start on college-level work.

  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.

  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
  • Be part of a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious, and committed to academic excellence

  • Engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively

  • Take courses that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout the country

AP Scholar Awards

Each year, the College Board recognizes high school students who have demonstrated college level achievement through multiple AP courses and exams. Some of the awards and their requirements are as follows:

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive grades of 3.0 or higher on three or more AP Exams on full-year courses (or the equivalent).

  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on four or more of these exams.

  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on five or more of these exams on full-year courses (or the equivalents).

  • National AP Scholar: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4.0 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 4.0 or higher on eight or more of these exams (or the equivalent).

AP National Website Copyright © 2009, Inc 

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2024 SchoolMessenger Corporation. All rights reserved.

In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).