Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program administered by the College Board in which high schools can offer college-level courses. Students enrolled in AP courses are tested on a national test day in May. Depending on their score, they may, and often do, earn college credit and/or gain early access to upper-level college classes. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with the grade of 5 receiving the rating of “extremely well qualified.” Generally, a score of 3 or above earns college credit.
In May 2012, 791 AP exams in 15 subjects were proctored to 404 candidates at Holy Names Academy. In the Class of 2012, 98% sat for at least one AP exam during their years at the Academy, reflecting the school’s commitment to providing broad access to the program. Students are not tracked, but are encouraged to challenge themselves by taking AP classes as appropriate. All students enrolled in an AP class are required to take the corresponding AP exam.
During the 2011–2012 academic year, 82.8% of the scores earned on the 791 AP Exams in May 2012 were a 3 or higher; 55.1% were a top grade of 4 or 5.
In the Class of 2012, 98% sat for at least one AP exam, 95% earned a 3 or above on one or more exams, and 66% were named AP Scholars.
Holy Names Academy offers an extensive selection of Advanced Placement courses in the areas of Art History, Biology, Calculus, Computer Science, English Language and Literature, French Language, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, and World History.
Last updated: September 2012