Expanding Advanced Placement Opportunities to More Students
We believe each student must have access to an array of rigorous courses and digital tools. That’s why we are offering more opportunities for you to earn college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
AP courses provide you with an opportunity to study a subject in greater depth. The classes are similar to a college course, meaning you will gain insight into college coursework and build the skills you will need for the college classroom. At the end of the course, you will have an opportunity to take an AP exam. Depending on your score, you may be eligible to earn college credit.
But there’s more...research shows that students who participate in AP courses are more likely to graduate on time from college than peers who don’t participate in AP. That means you will be better prepared to follow the long-term education path you set for yourself.
Three options to study AP
CPS offers two types of AP courses: traditional and blended learning.
With the traditional classroom model, you attend class in a classroom with your teacher five days a week. Blended learning expands AP courses to students who currently do not have access, or have limited access, to AP courses at their school.
For the 2016–17 school year, CPS will offer five blended-learning AP courses at nine schools. Participating schools may offer the course in the following formats:
Option 1 — You take the course online during the regular school day as part of your regular schedule in a cyber-lounge, computer lab or other area designated by the school.
Option 2 — You take the course online, outside of the regular school day, either from home or another off-site location.
Option 3 — You take the course online, outside of the regular school day, from the school in a cyber-lounge, computer lab or other area designated by the school.
No matter which option is offered at your school, you will:
- Attend at least one face-to-face and/or one live online session per week
- Have access to an archive of recorded online sessions
- Engage in at least one discussion board per week
- Have access to pre-recorded online lectures
AP Classes Offered
- AP Human Geography*
- AP Psychology*
- AP English Literature*
- AP Statistics*
- AP Environmental Science*
- AP U.S. Government and Politics
- AP Micro/Macro Economics
- AP American History
- AP European History
- AP Calculus (AB)
- AP Calculus (BC)
- AP Computer Science
- AP English Language and Compositio
*Denotes AP courses that are offered as a blended learning option
Participating High Schools
The following schools are participating in the AP Blended Learning option:
- Western Hills