The purpose of this course is to help students “write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives” (The College Board, AP English Course Description, May 2007, May 2008, p. 6). The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP English Course Description, and therefore, students are expected to read critically, think analytically, and communicate clearly both in writing and speech.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level courses. The difference between the Honors and AP programs is that the Honors program helps a student prepare for the academic challenges of college while the AP program allows a student to pursue college level studies while still in high school. A student may receive college credit for an AP course if the student scores a three or higher on the national AP exam at the end of the year. All AP students are expected to take the AP exam.