Advanced Placement (AP)

What are Advanced Placement courses?

Advanced Placement (AP) courses were created to provide students with a pathway to earn college credits while in high school. The rigorous college level courses help students develop critical thinking skills, scholarly writing, and time management. Students enrolled in AP courses have the ability to earn college credits if they score a 3 or higher on the AP exam.

The School District of Philadelphia currently offers  28 out of 38 College Board approved AP courses that span across all subjects and schools.

What are the benefits of AP Courses?

  • Get a head start on college-level coursework
  • Earn college credit while in high school
  • Discover your career path by taking courses of interest
  • Students challenge themselves and prepare for postsecondary success

AP Courses Offered Across the District