The Advanced Placement (AP) program was created by the College Board in 1955 to provide students with a pathway to earn college credit while in high school. AP courses are rigorous, college level courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the College Board standards and skills. Students may earn college credit by taking the AP exam in May and scoring a 3 or higher. The benefits of taking AP coursework include:
- Getting a head start on college-level work.
- Improving critical thinking and writing skills.
- Developing the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.
- Personalize learning by studying subjects of interest in greater depth and detail.
- Save money by earning college credit in high school.
The cost of an AP exam is small compared to the average cost per course in public or private universities. We encourage you to consider enrolling in one or more of the many Bullard ISD AP courses which give you an opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Enrollment in AP courses is open to all students that meet course prerequisites outlined in the high school course guide.
Focus on Progress
Even if your teen doesn't earn a score that qualifies them for college credit or placement, students who achieve AP Exam scores of 1 or 2:
- Often earn a higher score on the subsequent AP Exams they take.
- Are still more likely to attend college and graduate on time than academically similar students who don't take AP.
- Do significantly better in introductory college classes compared to academically similar students who don't take that corresponding AP Exam.
For a full list of Advanced Placement Courses, please refer to the BHS AP Course Guide.