AP and Pre-AP Courses
All IWHS courses are college-preparatory and are designed to challenge students, but some courses are designated as honors level to meet the needs of those students demonstrating advanced ability. Pre-AP courses are structured to prepare students to excel in AP courses. Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students the knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete the College Board AP exams. Many colleges award credit to students who receive high scores on the AP exams. Policies applicable to pre-AP and AP courses are as follows:
1. Eligibility: Course descriptions provide the requirements for entry into AP and pre-AP courses, and requirements to remain in the courses after the first semester. Incoming ninth grade students may be eligible for enrollment in pre-AP courses if they successfully complete placement tests in the desired subjects. Current IWHS students establish eligibility for pre-AP or AP courses by earning a 93 or better in the previous regular course or 85 or better in the previous pre-AP course. Specific requirements for each course may be found in this catalog.
2. Grades: Students completing an AP or Pre-AP course will receive a 10 point increment to their GPA in the AP or Pre-AP course(s).
3. Expectations and Fees: All students enrolled in AP courses must take the national exam. There is a fee of approximately $98 for each national exam. The Student Handbook will list the exact fee.