Advanced Placement

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.

Honors Courses

Honors courses generally refer to exclusive, higher-level classes that proceed at a faster pace and cover more material than regular classes. Honors classes are usually reserved for talented high school students who excel in certain subjects. Passing an honors class is an excellent way for high school students to demonstrate their academic competency and discipline to college admissions boards.

The difference between Honors and Advanced Placement

An honors course may be promoted by some as very demanding, but specialized Advanced Placement (AP) are more difficult. The main difference is that AP courses count as college credits. To obtain college credit for an accomplished AP course, the high-school student has to pass the AP exam with a score of three or higher. The majority of colleges require a score of at least four with a maximum score of five. The level of strictness for Honors and AP courses varies by state and by the school. Among the factors that contribute to the academic variation and class outcomes are the faculty, students, and geographic area. The most significant factor is which organization determines the curricula. The educational authority College Board determines the AP curricula, but Honors curricula may be determined by state officials, school district administrators and even the honors teach themselves.

At JDJ IOS, we currently follow a school district based in the state of Florida.