The Advanced Placement Program, monitored by the College Board, offers ambitious and capable high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses. If the student scores within an acceptable range on the advanced placement exam, course credit or entry at a higher course level may be awarded upon college entrance which translates to saving money and time.
Well before taking AP exams, students should contact the directors of admissions at the colleges of their choice to ask about specific advanced placement and credit policies. Colleges and universities should be prepared to tell the student in writing what credit and/or advanced placement will be granted for a given score on an AP exam, including any courses from which the student will be exempted or any higher-level courses the student will be allowed to enter.
The College Board provides course descriptions and examinations. Course descriptions can be found on apcentral.collegeboard.org. High school teachers use these rigorous course descriptions in curriculum planning and in preparing students to take an Advanced Placement examination at the end of AP level courses. Students are required to pay AP registration fees as determined by the College Board. If a student cannot afford the registration fee, the student should see the Edge bookkeeper to seek scholarship availability.
Because EDGE students are dually enrolled in their neighborhood school, they can participate in their neighborhood school's Advanced Placement courses. Check out your local school's AP page for more information.
Separate from the EDGE program or other district high schools, Early College High School (ECHS) is a joint venture between Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Chemeketa Community College offering students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
What Does Early College High School Offer?
At ECHS, students receive academic instruction in core subjects, such as science, language arts, math and social studies, with an emphasis on literacy and preparation for college. All students are enrolled in the AVID elective where they learn organization, note-taking and study skills. In addition to core classes, students can also enroll in electives such as video production, art, creative writing, youth and law, drumming and more. When ready, students transition to taking college classes at Chemeketa Community College tuition-free until graduation. ECHS has a full-time school counselor and college and career coach to assist with academic advising, social-emotional support and college and career advisement.