Advanced Placement (AP)
AP classes are taught by a high school teacher with special certification to teach AP courses.
High school credit is earned when you successfully complete the course with a grade of 70% or higher.
College credit for an AP course can be earned if you score high enough (usually a 3, 4 or 5) on the AP test. Actual credit varies per college.
There is no cost to take an AP course. There is a charge to take the AP test. Books are provided by the school.
AP courses are limited to academic courses, such as English, History, Economics, or a foreign language.
Each AP class is started and completed in one semester. You may take as many AP courses as you are qualified to take.
Dual Credit (DC)
Dual credit courses are college courses. They are not modified for high school students and are taught by college instructors.
You will earn high school credit when a DC course is successfully completed with a grade of 70% or higher.
You will earn college credit for a DC course is successfully completed with a grade of 70% or higher.
Students pay the local district’s dual credit fee. Books and tools are usually provided by the high school.
Dual credit courses include both academic and workforce classes.
Workforce dual credit is part of a sequence of courses in a career area. You will take several courses over one or two years to earn college credit toward a certificate of completion or college degree.