AP Placement (AP®)
Oconomowoc High School offers Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses endorsed by the College Board. These college-level courses cover the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course. They provide students a taste of what college is like, help them stand out on college applications, and may help them earn college credit, placement out of introductory course, or both.
Students who enroll in an AP® course are required to take the corresponding examination administered every May. Exams cost approximately $94 per exam, which is automatically added to student fees, and the test consists of multiple-choice questions and a free-response section that requires essay writing.
Oconomowoc High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
- AP® English Literature and Composition
- AP® Language and Composition
- AP® Physics 1
- AP® Physics C
- AP® Environmental Science
- AP® Chemistry
- AP® World History
- AP® Psychology
- AP® US History
- AP® Human Geography
- AP® Calculus AB
- AP® Calculus BC
- AP® Statistics
- AP® American Government & Politics
- AP® Studio Art
- AP® Computer Science A
- AP® Computer Science Principals
Deciding which courses to take
Teachers can give you a good sense of which courses you might consider and how you might prepare. Counselors can advise you as to which of the AP® courses fit your educational goals, as well as any courses or additional support you might need in order to enroll in AP in future years.
Examinations and Scores
Students who enroll in an Advanced Placement course(s) are required to take the examination, which is scheduled during the month of May. The Advanced Placement examination consists of multiple-choice questions scored mechanically by the Educational Testing Service and a free-response section that requires essay writing and problem-solving.
In late July, an AP® Grade Report is sent to each student, the high school, and if the student requests it, to a college/university. The AP® examinations are scored on a scale of 1-5. Each college/university decides which AP® examination scores are acceptable. The majority of colleges accept grades of three or better and offer the student credit as if they had taken one or more basic college courses in the subject area tested. In some cases, college/university credit is not offered, but the requirement of taking basic courses is waived and the student begins the program of study on an advanced level.
In early July, students access an online AP® Grade Report, and if the student requests it, a copy of the report is sent to a college or university. Each college or university decides which examination grades are acceptable for credit and/or advanced placement.
A majority of colleges accept grades of three or better and offer the student credit as if they had taken one or more basic college courses in the subject area tested. In some cases, college or university credit is not offered, but the requirement of taking basic courses is waived, and the student begins the program of study on an advanced level.
Students who have post-secondary educational goals should consider taking AP® courses. Prep courses in the ninth and tenth-grade years would be recommended, though not required for taking AP® courses.
For more information about how AP® courses can meet your educational goals, contact Carrie Schultz, OHS AP® Coordinator, at 262-560-3100, ext. 3282 or SchultzC@oasd.org.