Advanced Placement (AP) courses enable students to maximize their high school experience by engaging in challenging coursework and earning credits to give them a head start on college. AP courses offer the same rigor and content as college courses, allowing students to earn college credit and prepare for college while still in high school. Memphis-Shelby County Schools currently offers 35 AP courses (out of 38 AP courses available nationwide). Students may earn college credit by making a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam at the end of the course. Earning college credit in high school reduces the cost of college.
AP students, including those with average scores of 1 or 2, are more likely to enroll in a four-year college compared to academically similar students who did not take AP in high school.
Many students who first earn an AP Exam score of 1 or 2 will then earn a higher score on the subsequent AP Exams they take.