Advanced Placement

Franklin Pierce High School offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses where students have the option to earn college credit.  These courses provide students an exciting academic challenge in addition to possible savings on college tuition costs.  They are rigorous and require a high degree of dedication from students, including the commitment to spend an average of three to ten hours per week in study outside of the classroom.  AP courses on a student’s transcript are evaluated by universities as highly significant.  They indicate the student has been willing to take high-level, challenging courses and is capable of functioning successfully with college level materials and expectations.  AP teachers go through specific educational training to enhance the program.

Students earn regular high school credit upon successful completion of the course and then have the opportunity to earn college credit through examinations each May.  The examinations are administered through Franklin Pierce High School and are developed nationally by the Educational Testing Service.  AP examinations are graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 5 (maximum).  University credit is generally granted for test scores of 3 and above.  Each university has their own standard.  However, even a score of 1 or 2 enhances the opportunity for scholarships and university admission.  For more information on the AP program CLICK HERE.

If a student enrolls in an AP course, they will be required to take the AP examination.  The student pays for the cost of each examination (typically $91 per exam or $20 per exam if your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch).  Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must contact Nutrition Services at the Franklin Pierce School District office to send proof of eligibility.  Contact your counselor for more information.  Students who enroll in year-long AP courses are expected to remain in those courses for the entire year.  Failure to do summer work does not constitute being withdrawn from the class.

These courses are taught in accordance with the Advanced Placement standards of the College Board.

For more information on FPHS AP Program Benefits CLICK HERE.