Union has consolidated secondary honors and gifted courses into the Advanced Placement (AP) program that follows academic guidelines established by the College Board, a nation-wide organization that focuses on preparing students for college.
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The goal of the Union Advanced Placement program is to strengthen curriculum and increase academic challenge for all students. Students are offered pre-AP courses in all core academic areas and are introduced to the essential academic skills necessary to prepare them for success in Advanced Placement and other challenging courses.
- There are 38 AP courses in seven subject categories. Union offers 24 of the AP courses.
- Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject. Learn how AP courses are developed.
- Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.
- AP Exams are given in May each year at testing locations all over the world.
- Schools must be authorized by the AP Course Audit to offer approved AP courses and use the AP designation.
Taking AP courses and exams can help students:
- Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
- Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Search credit policies by college.
Union's Advanced Placement program is recognized by colleges and universities across the nation. Learn more and visit the College Board.