Advanced Placement (AP) courses are advanced courses taught in high schools to eligible high school students for which a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examination exists. Students who successfully pass an AP exam may receive high school and college credit. College credit is granted but no college-level letter grade is awarded. AP courses are credit-by-exam courses.
The courses are taught on the high school campus by high school teachers approved by the College Board. The College Board is a membership organization. The high school teachers are not required to have a master's degree but attend the College Board's professional development workshops and summer institutes.
Course transferability is not guaranteed. The college a student attends after high school graduation determines if the AP course will transfer to their institution and how many credit hours will ge granted. The high school counselor would be able to determine which, if any, of the high school's advance courses are considered AP courses.
For more information about AP, please visit the College Board's AP Central Web site.