Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to get a head start on college while in the supportive environment of a high school classroom. Students can earn college credit or placement by taking the AP exam at the end of the school year, while at the same time achieving a higher level of learning and expanding their knowledge. The Denton Independent School District offers approximately twenty-five subject disciplines in order to serve student interests and expand their horizons. A student who scores a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam can earn placement or credit at the university level. University policies vary depending on the school and the department, but most offer credit, including the major universities in Texas.
The AP program teaches students to challenge themselves, to study subjects in greater detail, and to develop reasoning and analytical skills. In addition, AP courses and exams prepare students for the rigorous demands of college. National studies of college entrance requirements indicate that course selection is the most important criteria for admitting students. Studies have also demonstrated that students who take AP courses are more likely to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
The main requirement for AP courses is a strong curiosity of the subject matter and the dedication to work hard. All students are encouraged to participate in the program.
The Denton Independent School District remains committed to excellence for all students.