Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
Through the Advanced Placement program, students are able to experience the rigors of college-level studies while they still have the support of a high school environment. AP teachers help their students develop and apply the skills, abilities, and content knowledge they'll need in college.
Current BPS Advanced Placement course offerings include:
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP Chinese Language and Culture
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Economics - Macro and Micro
- AP English Language & Composition
- AP English Literature & Composition
- AP Environmental Science
- AP European History
- AP French Language and Culture
- AP Music Theory
- AP Physics - Electricity/Magnetism and Mechanics
- AP Physics - Algebra Based - 1 and 2
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- AP Spanish Literature and Culture
- AP Statistics
- AP Studio Art - 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Drawing
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP United States History
Optional AP Exams:
By participating in AP, students have the opportunity to earn college credit by successfully completing an optional AP Exam, for which there is a fee.
With qualifying AP Exam scores, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both at the majority of colleges and universities in the United States. Each college and university makes its own decisions about awarding credit and placement. Most have a written policy spelling out things like the minimum required score to earn credit for a given AP Exam, the amount of credit awarded and how credits are applied.
- Most exams are two to three hours long. Students should be prepared to tackle a challenging exam with limited breaks.
- The first part of the exam usually consists of multiple-choice questions. Students will choose one of four or five answer choices for each question and use a pencil to bubble in the choice on the AP answer sheet. The total exam score on the multiple-choice section is based only on the number of questions answered correctly. Students won’t receive or lose points for incorrect answers or unanswered questions.
- The second part of the exam usually consists of free-response questions that require students to generate their own responses. Depending on the exam, responses could be in the form of an essay, a solution to a problem, or a spoken response. In most cases, students will be writing responses in pen in the free-response exam booklet.