Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is “a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting” (collegeboard.com). An AP test for each course is given once per year in May, costing approximately $100.00 per test; tests average 3 hours, and scores range from 1-5. Students who score a 3, 4, or 5 may earn college credit for an entry level college course, but this decision is dependent upon the college’s willingness to accept the score and award credit.
Lanier Christian Academy will obtain guidance through the College Board’s prescriptive program, AP Potential to identify AP students. Based upon several factors, the “College Board research published in 1998 and 2006 shows strong correlations between students' PSAT/NMSQT scores and AP Exam results. These studies show that PSAT/NMSQT scores are strong predictors of students' AP Exam scores, and when used in conjunction with the more traditional signposts such as high school grades, grades in previous same-discipline course work, and the number of same-discipline courses a student has taken, can serve to provide reliable guidance in identifying additional students who may be ready for the rigor of AP.”
AP Potential results (based upon PSAT scores), grades, teacher recommendations, and requests will be taken into consideration for students’ placement into an AP course.
- Students take year-long courses on LCA campus guided by teachers trained by the College Board.
- Students experience college level work for which they may gain college credit. (Individual colleges and universities grant course credit according to their standards.)
- Credit hours earned do not count toward the limit of post secondary hours paid through the HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship programs.
- More selective institutions prefer the more standardized rigor of AP courses.
2017-18 AP Course Offerings:
AP Calculus - 12th Grade
AP English Language and Composition – 11th Grade
AP World History – 10th Grade
* Other AP courses may be available via LCA Online for an additional charge.
* LCA expects to add other AP courses in the 2018-19 school year.