The Best Preparation for Your Future

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses® are nationally recognized courses designed for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.

Bulletin for AP Students and Parents

At RPA, there are three ways to benefit from AP courses:

1) Take an AP Course to be challenged. AP Courses are graded on a 5-point grading scale (A=5 points), rather than a 4-point scale (A=4 points) because we recognize that students should have the freedom to challenge themselves without being afraid for their grade point average.
2) Take an AP Course and its accompanying exam to earn college credit. Almost all colleges award credit for 4’s and 5’s on the AP Exam; some even award credit for 3’s. Credit varies from institution to institution.
3) Earn the AP Capstone Diploma™. This prestigious new diploma is typically earned by taking AP Seminar in grade 10 or 11, followed by AP Research. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on any four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This program is unique to RPA and is offered at only one other school in Oregon.

Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.

The following AP Courses are offered at RPA:

AP Art History (offered every other year)
AP Biology
AP Calculus
AP Computer Science
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Environmental Science
AP Human Geography
AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
AP Macroeconomics (2018-2019)
AP Psychology
AP Physics
AP Research
AP Seminar
AP Statistics
AP Studio Art
AP US Government and Politics
AP US History

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