Advanced Placement (AP) Program

  • Advanced Placement courses are an excellent opportunity for any student to take college level courses in high school. We encourage all students to consider taking an Advanced Placement course during their time at West Linn High School. West Linn High School offers 25 AP courses, each of which culminates in an exam in May. Most U.S. colleges and many international ones have an AP Credit Policy that allows students who have taken AP exams to earn college credit, placement, or both. Regardless of your AP Exam score, taking AP courses can have a positive impact on your college applications. Admissions officers know college faculty play a big role in developing AP courses, so they know students who took AP pushed themselves to take challenging, college-level courses.

    It is the philosophy of West Linn High School that no student be denied the opportunity to participate in any AP Course or Exam because of financial hardship. West Linn High School will provide the necessary materials to any student who indicates a financial need.

AP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What are the benefits of taking an AP course?

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    AP courses are a full-year class that cover the material of an introductory college course.   They provide an opportunity for understanding concepts in greater depth and detail. The courses also prepare students for college academics and may lead to college credit, advanced placement or both. Explore specific colleges’ guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit and placement by searching AP Credit Policy Database.

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  • How many AP classes can I forecast for?

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    We recommend no more than two to three AP courses per year for most students. When deciding how many AP classes a student can comfortably handle, keep in mind commitments to co-curricular activities, athletics, and/or work, along with the time commitment associated with each AP Course.

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  • Are AP courses weighted?

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    Yes, AP course grades are “weighted” on a 5-point scale rather than the standard 4-point scale. The additional point will be added to the cumulative GPA points.

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  • What is the AP course workload?

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    AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work. AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success. Students need to carefully consider their entire schedule, co-curricular activities, athletics, and outside of school commitments when considering enrolling in AP courses.

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  • If I take an AP class, do I have to take the exam?

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    Yes, participation in the AP exam administration in May is required as part of the AP designation at West Linn High School. The cost for the exam is set each year and the exams occur during the first two weeks of May.  Scores earned on an AP exam are not included as part of the final grade, however, the exam is required for the AP weighted grade and designation on your transcript.

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