Advanced Placement Program

JRLA Advanced Placement Program

Information for 2016-2017 School Year



Advanced Placement (AP) courses are classes designed to expose scholars to the rigors associated with college level courses.  In May of every year, the College Board holds national tests for Advanced Placement scholars.  Passing these examinations can earn the scholar college credit.  


Why take an AP course?

Advanced Placement courses offer scholars the opportunity to develop the skill and will necessary to succeed in college.  The level of rigor in an AP course is much more intense than a regular high school class.  Many scholars round the nation arrive to college and are unprepared for the amount of work and lack the workplace skills required to be successful.  Advanced Placement courses introduce scholars to these skills and build their academic ability and drive.


What makes an AP course different from a high school course?

Advanced Placement courses are college courses offered to high school scholars and taught by high school teachers.  The curriculum, the examinations, the work level and amount of work all mirror introductory college courses.  Because AP courses are taught by high school teachers, they are an excellent way to bridge the gap between high school courses and college courses.  Due to the increased difficulty of AP courses, they are graded on a weighted scale:

  • 90% to 100%
    • A+ = 5.0                     A = 5.0                       A- = 4.7
  • 80% to 90%
    • B+ = 4.3                     B = 4.0                        B- =3.7
  • 70% to 80%
    • C+ = 3.3                     C = 3.0                       C- = 2.7
  • 60% to 70%
    • D+ = 2.3                     D = 2.0                       D- = 1.7
  • 59% and below
    • F= 0


Are you an Advanced Placement Scholar?

The wonderful part about Advanced Placement courses is that any scholar may take and succeed in the course if they devote the level of time and willpower necessary to succeed.  All scholars that take an Advanced Placement course should be prepared to spend at least 6-10 hours a week outside of class on assignments, reading, and studying.  Because Advanced Placement courses are at the college level of difficulty, AP scholars must learn good time-management skills, positive study habits, and be prepared to do academic work for the betterment of their learning (not solely for a grade).  Scholars going into an Advanced Placement course should be mentally prepared for an increase in the intensity and workload with the understanding that the teacher is there to help them learn and succeed.

Course Offerings at JRLA:

Starting in the fall of 2016, JRLA will offer 4 advanced placement courses:

AP Biology

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.. 

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Language and composition is a college-level high school course in the study of English rhetoric.  Scholars of AP English Language and Composition should be interested in analyzing and writing analytical or persuasive essays written about non-literary topics and seek to find the “why” behind word choice and language use.

AP World History

AP World History is a college-level high school course in the changes or global processes and human interactions over time. Scholars taking AP World History should be interested in a blend of historical factual knowledge and analysis of history from 8000 BCE to the Present.


AP US History

The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contexualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and the development of students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present. Seven themes of equal importance – American and National Identity; Migration and Settlement; Politics and Power; Work, Exchange, and Technology; America in the World; Geography and the Environment; and Culture and Society – provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course.These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.