AP Courses

AP® (Advanced Placement) Course Offerings

Santiam Christian currently offers the following AP courses:

  • AP American Government & Politics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History

About AP® (Excerpt below taken from CollegeBoard website –
AP can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.

Why Participate?  Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

Gain the Edge in College Preparation

  • Get a head start on college-level work.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

Stand Out in the College Admissions Process

  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
  • Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons

  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
  • Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.

How Do I Enroll?
Once you've decided to take the AP challenge it's easy to enroll.

  • Talk to an AP teacher or the AP Coordinator (Mrs. Beam) at your school about the course you want to take. Discuss the course's workload and any preparation you might need.

Basics of the AP program –

  • Students register for and take the class at SC.
  • Students sign up to take the AP Exam for the specific course. (Current cost is $95/exam).
  • AP exams are administered at SC in May.
  • If students achieve a sufficiently high score on the exam, the college they go to may offer credit for the equivalent college course(s), as well as placement in higher level courses.  (Individual college policies vary with regard to AP scores & credit issued).

Potential college credits:

  • AP US History – 6-8 credits
  • AP US Government – 3-4 credits
  • AP Calculus AB – 4-8 credits
  • AP Calculus BC - 8-12 credits
  • AP English Language & Composition – 3 credits
  •  AP Statistics - 3-4 credits

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