Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer students the college experience with the comforts and supports of high school.

One of the great advantages of the AP program is its flexibility: students may enroll in AP courses in a variety of subjects at any time throughout their high school careers without any prerequisite. Each college-level AP course culminates with a comprehensive exam that provides students the opportunity to earn college credit depending on their performance. These college credits are accepted at almost every college and university making them highly transferable and valuable. Moreover, a student who takes challenging AP courses signals to universities and themselves that they are ready for college. Excelling in these courses provides students with tremendous confidence that their eventual transition to college will be a smooth one. In fact, studies show that students who complete AP courses tend to perform better at college regardless of how well they score on the AP exam (see Figure 4 below). For all of these reasons, consider AP courses in your future at Gateway!

By participating in AP courses: 

  • You will get a head start on college-level work. 

  • You will improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques. 

  • You will develop study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work. 

Stand Out to Colleges:
Having AP courses on your high school transcript shows colleges you are motivated to succeed, and taking the exam demonstrates your commitment to tackle and compete college-level work. 

  • You will demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.

  • Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.

  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence!

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons: 
Earning college credit with AP can give you insight on what you want to do after high school.  By earning college credit in high school it will allow you the flexibility to pursue a second degree, study abroad, or seek internships. 

  • Study subjects in greater depth and detail.

  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing and understanding for yourself.

  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own!