Waukee High School

Why AP?

  • On a national level, rigorous coursework such as AP is the single most important consideration for college admission. (Iowa Governor’s Conference on AP)
  • AP allows high school students to take courses that are challenging, rigorous, and in-depth – exactly the kinds of courses they will face once they are in college.
  • By earning credit from their AP courses, students are then free to pursue a double major, to travel abroad, or to graduate early.
  • AP classes provide the groundwork for the disciplines they will need to succeed at the college level.
  • More than 90% of colleges and universities grant exemptions from introductory courses to students who have successfully completed an AP program.  (Iowa Governor’s Conference on AP)
  • Students can be granted up to a full year’s credit by a college or university upon completion of a number of AP programs allowing students to start college with sophomore standing.
  • According to the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa:
    • 33% of students with no AP classes will successfully complete a BA or BS.
    • 76% of students with 2 or more AP classes will successfully complete a BA or BS.
    • 33% of students with more than 4 AP classes will successfully complete a BA or BS early and/or with multiple majors and minors.
  • AP classes are taught by highly-qualified teachers who completed the AP course audit process which guides content, goals, and assessment from the local level to the national and international levels.
  • 70% of Iowa students attempting AP exams will earn a 3, 4, or 5, which is the 6th highest success rate in the nation. (Iowa Governor’s Conference on AP)
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701