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Advanced Placement (AP)

Our Magnet Program highly encourages students to take advantage of our AP and Honors class offerings. Studies have shown that the rigor of a student's high school curriculum is the single best predictor of success in college. Student performance in college preparatory classes is the most important factor in the admission decision. With this in mind, encourage enrollment in honors and AP courses even if your students have the impression that only "top" students should take these courses or the fear that taking a challenging course might result in a lower GPA. Advanced-level courses are worth the extra effort.
  1. Advanced Placement classes are designed for students planning to attend four-year colleges and universities. These courses help prepare students for the kind of academic work that will be required at the university level
  2. These courses are designed by leading professors in their fields. Unlike other classes offered in high school, AP offerings are taught at the college level, use college-level textbooks, and maintain college-level expectations. Taking an AP course helps students build critical thinking skills, confidence, and the essential time management and study skills needed for college success
  3. In May, AP students will take examinations, designed by the College Board. If you score a “3” or above on this examination, you will be eligible to receive university credits for the subject(s) in which you have demonstrated proficiency.
  4. Cerrato High School will grant high school AP credit to students who both successfully complete the course and take the AP examination. This high school AP credit will add a point to the student's grade point average (GPA) for each such class.