Advanced Placement Courses

The AP program was developed in 1955 in the United States to provide challenging, college-level courses to high school students. In this program, students take external examinations developed by the College Entrance Examination Board at the end of each course of study. Students need not attend classes in order to take the examinations.

The AP program is well recognized in the United States. A score of 4 or 5 on an examination may earn the student course credit or advanced standing upon entering college. Interested students are advised to check with universities in their home countries to determine how AP examinations are evaluated.

AP courses currently offered at AES

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB (in years when student enrollment is sufficient)
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History

The following IB courses align with AP curricula to varying degrees. Please consult the teacher of each course to find out what additional material may be required to prepare for an AP exam.

IB Computer Science HL Y1 aligns with AP Computer Science A
IB Chemistry HL (2 years) aligns with AP Chemistry
IB Mathematics HL (2 years) aligns with AP Calculus BC

Students who wish to take an AP exam are expected to undertake self-study and exam review essentially on their own. The time and commitment needed for such additional preparation will differ from subject to subject, and from student to student.

In some subjects, the teacher may assist with AP materials and exam review. Interested students should seek the advice of a subject teacher about what assistance may be available, and what additional preparation may be needed for an AP exam.

Other IB courses may cover similar material. Where this is the case, it is usually the IB Higher Level (HL) course that best aligns with the AP curriculum.

For further information, please visit the following websites:

  1. AP information:
  2. AP credit policy information from colleges and universities:
  3. Resources for parents and families:
  4. Subscribe to AP YouTube channel

For further information please contact the IB/AP Coordinator – Teresa Hjellming