2017 Mar 22: Advanced Placement vs Dual Credit Courses

The Spring semester is always extremely busy for all campuses in the Rockdale ISD. It also brings about the opportunity for planning and making important decisions that can greatly affect the lives of our students before and after they graduate. This week Ms. Tiffany Commerford has some significant information on how decisions should be made regarding Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses at RHS. 

            It is the time of year where we are working on student schedules for next year.  Parents and students often ask if their child should take an Advanced Placement (AP) course or a Dual Credit Course.  Below is more information about Advanced Placement courses and the benefits:

Stand Out in College Admissions

          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.

Earn College Credits

          By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.

Skip Introductory Classes

          If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.

          Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.

Build College Skills

          Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.

          Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes are just two of many ways Rockdale High School is preparing students for College and Career Readiness.