AP gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school and earn college credit and placement.
AP is an admission and enrollment management resource for colleges.
Most colleges and universities use AP as a factor in evaluating candidates for admission. AP gives:
- Consistency: As a nationally recognized program that includes a standardized assessment of knowledge and skills, AP offers a consistent measure of academic achievement.
- Evidence of rigor: Students with AP on their high school transcripts show exposure to rigorous, college-level curricula — a key element of college readiness.
- Priority admission: AP Exam scores can be used as admission criteria for special programs or honors colleges.
Multiple research studies show that AP students who place into higher level courses based on their AP experiences are successful academically during their first year and beyond. AP students who earn credit for an introductory course perform well in subsequent courses within the same discipline tend to earn higher final GPAs and are more likely to graduate from college on time.
Holy Cross offers these AP classes:
- AP United States History
- AP Physics 1: Algebra-based
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Biology
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP European History