The Advanced Placement Program, or AP, is a program that offers higher-level school classes for high school students in Canada and the United States. Good Schools Guide International says it is “much more difficult than most classes,” although it is not as difficult as the IB program. The AP Program has been created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.
The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation, and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger.