Waukee High School
- 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)