Advanced Placement Program

The AP program was developed in 1955 in the United States to provide challenging, university-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. Each AP course is one school year long.

The AP program is well recognized in the United States and other countries. 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 offered at AES in 2019-20:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History

We have a few students undertaking AP exam preparation through Virtual High School (VHS). Students who wish to take an AP exam without taking the course must meet with Teresa Hjellming, the AP Coordinator for review and approval. They must have a strong record in academics and Learning Habits and are expected to undertake self-study and exam review essentially on their own. They must have a valid reason for requesting an exam and will be referred to their counselor to discuss their university goals. The time and commitment needed for such additional preparation are high, and students should not sacrifice their other academic commitments or their own wellbeing in pursuit of this goal. It is not common for AES students to take AP exams when they have not taken the course.

Some IB courses may cover similar material, though the assessments for the two programs differ considerably. 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