Classes Offered: Wamego High School offers eight Advanced Placement classes: European history, psychology, American history, AP Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Statistics, English literature, U.S. government and politics.
Teachers: Advanced Placement classes are taught at the college level by WHS teachers who have had AP training.
AP Audit: WHS participated in the course audit required by College Board in the 2006-2007 school year. All of the WHS advanced placement classes were approved through the audit, which was designed to ensure the quality of AP course offerings and to preserve the use of the “AP” designation for courses that provide college-level rigor for students.
Student Eligibility: Students can begin enrolling in Advanced Placement classes as early as their sophomore year. Some of the AP classes require summer reading before the semester the class starts. Individual teachers assign material in the spring if it is required for the upcoming fall semester.
Grading: Students earn an additional grade point toward their g.p.a. for AP classes. For example, if a student earns a B in an AP class, they earn 4 points for that class rather than 3. The letter grade that is earned shows on the transcript, but the grade point average is weighted.
AP Tests: Students have the option in the spring to take the standardized advanced placement course exam which could possibly count as college credit. Cost for the exam is $89, but fee waivers are available to students who qualify. Students also have the opportunity to take practice exams as part of the class curriculum.
Benefits of Taking AP Classes: There are many advantages to taking an AP class. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.
The only requirements are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to work hard. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:
Gain the Edge in College Preparation
- Get a head start on college-level work.
- Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
- Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.
Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
- Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
- Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
- Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
- Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
- Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
- Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.