AP-Advanced Placement

Among the many courses offered at Stratford High School, AP classes should be seriously considered.  Spring Branch has an Open Enrollment policy, so all students are encouraged to try an AP class if they are interested and feel they can handle the extra course load.  

The College Board has developed tools to mitigate the impact of school closures on students in the Advanced Placement Program. All AP students and teachers have been able to access and use the free online resources provided to every AP classroom in the fall 2019. Additional resources have been made easily accessible to AP students and teachers through mobile phones and other devices. These resources have included free online AP lessons and review sessions from some of the top AP teachers in the country.

Click here for the latest information from the AP Program.

Please check the College Board homepage for information on AP exams

What's the benefit of taking AP classes?

Stand Out in College Admissions
Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.

Earn College Credit
By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most college and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores.  These credit can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major.  AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.

Skip Introductory Classes
If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses - so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.  Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.

Build College Skills
Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.