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7th Annual AP District Honor Roll Recipient

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board. It offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 may be used by colleges to grant course credit or placement. Exams are offered in 36 subjects.

According to the College Board, of the AISD students who took an Advanced Placement exam in in May 2017, 60.5 percent received a qualifying score of 3 or better, a 1.5 percent increase year-over-year. This success rate exceeds the performance of students in Texas at 46.4 percent, students in the U.S. at 57.5 percent and students internationally at 58 percent. This year, the number of AISD students taking AP exams also increased by 5 percent, the number of AP exams taken increased by 4 percent and the number of AP exams earning a three or higher increased by 8 percent. Performance includes students across all high schools in Austin ISD and AP Spanish Language students from Webb MS, Fulmore MS, and Murchison MS. 

The Austin ISD AP Program has been recognized by the College Board as an AP District Honor Roll Recipient. We are one of twenty-two districts in Texas and one of 433 districts across the United States and Canada ro received this recognition from the College Board.

Bar Graph of Austin ISD, State, and Global AP Scores from 2013-2017

Pre-AP and AP courses are available to all students in all Austin ISD middle and high schools. Course offerings vary from campus to campus based on course demand.

The College Board’s Equity and Access Policy Statement

“The College Board strongly encourages educators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP programs by giving all willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate in AP. We encourage educators to:

  • Eliminate barriers that restrict access to AP for students from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underserved.
  • Make every effort to ensure their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population.
  • Provide all students with access to academically challenging coursework before they enroll in AP classes.

Only through a commitment to equitable preparation and access can true equity and excellence be achieved.”

What is Advanced Placement?

The Advanced Placement program is a sequence of college-level courses taught in high schools by high school teachers with specialized training.

  • Offered at all Austin ISD high schools
  • 33 courses offered
  • Typically grades 11-12, offered district-wide
  • Academically rigorous
  • Weighted GPA
  • College Board monitored and authorized curriculum
  • Potential college credit based on student's performance on exam

Benefits of Advanced Placement

Students who take AP courses will challenge themselves, sharpen their academic skills, and learn to think independently. Studies have shown that AP students are:

  • Better prepared academically for college admission on all measures of ability and achievement.
  • Able to perform significantly better over four years in college.
  • More likely to be leaders and have significant accomplishments.
  • Students with AP credit tend to get higher 1st year GPA than other students.
  • Students entering college with AP credit had an increased likelihood of returning the following fall in contrast to students who entered college with no college credit.


Acceptance of AP Scores for Admission, College Credit, and Course Placement

The AP Credit and Placement College and University Search at allows colleges and universities to be looked up for review of their AP policies. Each college and university determines their own policy. These policies fluctuate based on the specific major and specific AP courses as well as whether an acceptable exam score is to be used for credit and/or placement in a sequence of courses. However, in Texas, public colleges and universities must provide credit for a score of 3 or higher on any exam.The value of AP courses and AP exam scores beyond receiving credit for coursework includes the admissions process, particularly in a competitive school.

What does Pre-AP Mean?

The Pre-AP program in Austin ISD is a level of challenging courses designed to teach students strong study skill and learning strategies. These courses build on the strengths of students and prepare them to experience success in Advanced Placement and other advanced academic courses.

  • Typically grades 6-10, offered district-wide
  • Teachers receive specialized training
  • Academically challenging
  • Emplhasis is on critical thinking, reading, research, writing, and as appropriate, advanced performance expectations

Students are encouraged to take Pre-AP courses prior to enrolling in AP courses. The strategies and skills students learn in Pre-AP courses help them acquire content knowledge, provide a foundation for college readiness, and prepare them for success in Advanced Placement courses.

See your hard work pay off. Choose AP.

College Board Resources for Parents and Families

The AP Program: Insights for Parents and Families  (English / Spanish)


Why AP? (English / Spanish)