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Advanced Placement Program

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Each AP course is modeled upon a comparable college course, and college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards. Through the currently offered courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out the most rigorous course work available to them.

AP courses are weighted. In order to receive the weight factor, students must finish the course and take the College Board AP examination. Each AP exam costs $98. AP Research and AP Seminar exam fees are $146. There are no additional fees for obtaining the AP Seminar and Research Certificate or the AP Capstone Diploma.

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Mount St. Mary Academy is proud to have been named to the AP School Honor Roll, earning Gold distinction. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.

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