Advanced Placement

TAISM offers Advanced Placement (AP) Program® courses to allow willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both — while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May.  Students who earn a qualifying score (3 or above) on an AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. (www.collegeboard.com)  Because of the rigor of an AP course, students who earn a C- or above will receive an additional .5 points which will be calculated in their GPA.

The students who are most successful in AP courses are generally students who have previously demonstrated the academic readiness and necessary commitment for the rigorous academic expectations of the Advanced Placement Program.  That said, we will support a student enrolling in AP courses whose prior record indicates that this rigorous academic program will be a stretch for them, provided the student accepts responsibility for the high level of commitment required and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) are aware of the circumstances associated with enrolling in an AP course and will be supportive.  In these cases there will be a probationary period, up to the time of the first major summative assessment and then Parent-Teacher Conferences during first semester, during which the student is expected to demonstrate satisfactory engagement and progress in their learning in order to remain enrolled in the AP course.  In order to best support students, we will ask each student and their parents to read and sign a “Statement of AP Expectations” prior to enrolling the student in an AP course.

In all cases, students enrolling in Advanced Placement courses at TAISM are expected:

  • To complete the Advanced Placement exam for that course in May of the school year they complete the AP course.  Students who earn a qualifying score (3 or above) on an AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. (www.collegeboard.com).
  • To demonstrate consistent commitment to our Behaviors that Support Learning - to be an independent learner who is consistently prepared, organized, engaged, persevering, and collaborative in learning.  This includes attending information meetings, completing all summer assignments and committing the time necessary to be successful in an AP course (the College Board suggests 1- 1 ½ hours of time outside of class per AP course each night).
  • To communicate effectively with their teachers - to ask questions, to communicate concerns about learning challenges, and to seek and utilize intervention opportunities offered and/or required by the school and/or teacher, especially when facing challenges.

Advanced Placement Courses at TAISM

For the 2020-2021 school year TAISM will be offering fifteen AP courses.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Drawing
  • AP 2-D Art and Design
  • AP 3-D Art and Design