Asked Questions and Answers:
What are the benefits of taking AP courses?
Demonstrate to college
admissions (especially selective schools) a
rigorous high school course of study
Preparation for college level
Extra consideration given for
What happens if a student doesn’t earn college
credit? They are still at an advantage for college admission and
preparation. Often, students can skip
college required courses and take other electives.
If I am enrolled in an AP course, do I have to take the
Lowville requires all students who are enrolled in AP classes to take the
exam. Exemptions are at the discretion
of the high school principal.
Is there a cost to take the AP exam? There is a cost to take the exam. The Lowville School district pays for half of the exam. In addition,
students who qualify are granted fee
waivers. Contact the Guidance Office for the current cost of exams.
What concessions are made for students who take AP
courses? Because AP courses typically have a heavier
workload, students are allowed to carry 5 academic credits rather than the
normal 5 ½ credits minimum per
Students receive weighted grades? No, but AP students in most
classes receive grade premiums: It is district policy to
allow individual AP teachers the flexibility to consider AP level work in their
grading of students in the class in each quarter. This is a recommendation of the College Board
student drop an AP Course? Generally speaking, a
student will follow the same procedure for dropping an AP course as outlined in
the student handbook. However, students
who are in AP level or accelerated courses are strongly recommended to continue
in this path past initial moments of frustration. By developing that work ethic now,
prospective high school students heading to college can help ensure their smooth
transition to the demands at the next level.
student take an AP course independently? Currently, all staff are
teaching full time and the availability of staff precludes taking course work
any other college level courses available at LACS? Yes, college
curriculum/credit are available in conjunction with both Jefferson Community and
Morrisville Colleges in the business and agriculture curriculum
respectively. Also, distance learning
college courses from Jefferson Community College are available in the fall and