Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada that offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.

The College Board developed the Advanced Placement (AP) Program to allow highly motivated students to take university-level courses while still in high school. When taking an AP course, a student could earn university credits based on an AP exam score. This could also lead to avoiding foundation courses at university. Taking an AP course also shows universities that a student is dedicated and able to navigate the academic expectations that will be encountered at university.

The content in each AP course is set by the College Board and cannot be altered, as the information learned will prepare students for the AP exam. The students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP exam, and these are scored on a scale of 1-5. The exam schedule is also set by the College Board, and we cannot make local changes to it. Please understand that an AP exam could be scheduled on a Friday, as the schedule is based on the school week in the United States. These exams are comprehensive evaluations of the university-level work that has been covered throughout the school year. 

We encourage all students to challenge themselves through their academic journey. However, because of the increased expectations in an AP course, students must carefully consider their level of commitment before requesting to take any of the offered AP courses. 

For the next school year, NIS is offering the AP courses as follows: English Language and Composition, Statistics, Calculus AB, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1 AB, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, and Psychology.