Advanced Placement

  • The Advanced Placement Program, administered by The College Board, allows students to participate in college level courses and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year.  At Orange High School, we offer the following Advanced Placement courses.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the advantages of taking AP courses? 

    • The main advantage of taking an AP course is advanced preparation for college. Additionally, students who score well on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school. The AP exams are given every year in May. Scores are reported to the colleges designated by the student and range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college determines the scores to be accepted for credit. Colleges may award three, and sometimes six, hours of credit per test. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the colleges in which they are interested in to see if they accept AP exams for credits.

    What is the difference between an Honors and AP class? 

    • AP classes are college-level courses that are more challenging and rigorous.  Parents and students need to understand that AP curriculum is college-level and requires the commitment of time, positive attitude, self-discipline, and aptitude to succeed.

    Why should I take an AP class? What will it do to my GPA?

    • Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of rigorous academic preparation. AP classes are weighted on a higher scale. If you do well, your GPA will not be adversely affected. However, it is not advised to take numerous AP courses without serious consideration and teacher recommendations. Doing poorly in an AP course will affect your GPA.

    How much does it cost to take an AP course? 

    • There are no charges for taking an AP course or to take the exam.   

    If I take an AP course, do I have to take the exam?

    • No. We recommend you discuss this with your AP teacher. Furthermore, if you do poorly on the exam, your score will not adversely affect your chances of college admittance.