Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP)

Sarah Kessel
Supervisor, ALP
770-426-3324
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Alison Coker
Consultant K-12
770-426-3583
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Dr. Andrew Kutscher
Consultant K-12
770-420-4903
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Ruth Leddin
Secretary
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Advanced Placement® (AP®) Programs Advanced Placement (AP®) courses provide high school students a college-level academic experience. The College Board partners with colleges and universities to develop an appropriately challenging curriculum, to create college-level assessments, and to train teachers to deliver instruction that meets college-level standards.

The College Board offers 34 AP courses in English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, technology and fine arts. The scope and variety of courses meet every student's interests and academic needs.

Cobb county students participate in a variety of Advanced Placement Courses. The following is a sample of AP courses offered in Cobb county schools. Course offerings may vary from school to school.


European History U.S. History Computer Science A
Gov't & Politics: U.S. World History Biology
Gov't & Politics: Comp English Lang Chemistry
Human Geography English Literature Environmental Science
Macroeconomics Spanish Language Physics
Microeconomics French Language Statistics
Psychology   Calculus AB & BC

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Many of the nation's colleges and universities award credit or advanced standing to students scoring 3 or higher on exams. Student should contact specific institutions for details. All Cobb AP students are expected to take the AP exam.

Facts:

  • 95% of freshman students entering UGA in 2012 took at least one College Board Advanced Placement Course.
    (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/a-closer-look.html)
  • Average number of AP/ IB courses taken by students entering UGA: Approximately 6
    (http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2012/04/2012-admitted-freshman-statistics.html)
  • Most two- and four- year institutions offer credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process for qualifying AP Exam scores. In 2011, more than 4,000 U.S. and international colleges and universities received AP Exam scores.
  • AP examinees, particularly those taking two or three AP Exams, were more likely to attend a four-year institution than non-AP examinees. Chajewski, Mattern, & Shaw (2011).
  • AP examinees, particularly those taking two or three AP Exams, were more likely to attend a four-year institution than non-AP examinees. Chajewski, Mattern, & Shaw (2011)
  • AP examinees, particularly those earning course credit or scoring a 3 or higher, attended more selective institutions and had higher college-level GPAs and higher freshman-year retention rates than non-AP examinees. Hargrove, Godin, & Dodd (2008) Murphy & Dodd (2009) Mattern, Shaw, & Xiong (2009)
  • AP examinees, especially those scoring a 3 or higher, were more likely to graduate from college than non-AP examinees; the finding held across race/ethnicity and income groups. Dougherty, Mellor, & Jian (2006) Hargrove, Godin, & Dodd (2008)

Advanced Placement Links for Parents & Students:

College Board Links

State of Georgia Links


Cobb County AP Data


Learn more information about Advanced Placement® Programs from The College Board.


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