Advanced Placement (AP)
About the AP Program
The Advanced Placement (AP) program gives Albany High students the chance to tackle college-level work while they’re still in high school. A student who takes an AP class and performs well on the AP exam at the end of the course can earn college credit and possibly bypass required introductory college courses.
AP courses are created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. The College Board provides Albany High teachers with the AP curriculum.
AP exams and fees
Students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the AP examination in May and submit all required assessment components. You will be charged an examination fee for each AP course you are enrolled in. A fee reduction may be available based on financial need. Students must take the AP exam associated with the course in order to receive potential credit for the course. Failure to do so will result in an inability to gain credit for course work.
AP courses we offer
Albany High offers AP courses in English, world language, math, science, social studies and the arts.
- ART-00-0501 | AP Two Dimensional Design/Drawing
- ART-00-0502 | AP Three-Dimensional Design
- ELA-11-0508 | AP Language and Composition
- ELA-12-0509 | AP Literature and Composition
- MAT-12-0501 | AP Calculus AB
- MAT-12-0502 | AP Calculus BC
- MAT-12-0701 | AP Statistics
- MUS-00-0501 | AP Music Theory
- SCI-09-0501 | AP Biology
- SCI-00-0501 | AP Environmental Science
- SCI-11-0501 | AP Chemistry
- SCI-12-0501 | AP Physics C: Mechanics
- SOC-09-0501 | AP World History
- SOC-10-0503 | AP European History
- SOC-11-0501 | AP U.S. History
- SOC-12-0504 | AP U.S. Government and Politics
- SOC-12-0503 | AP Economics (Microeconomics)
- SOC-00-0504 | AP Psychology
- WLG-12-F702 | French 5 Honors – AP/IB SL 2/SUNY Potsdam
- WLG-12-S703 | Spanish 5 Honors – AP/IB SL 2/SUNY Albany
Advanced coursework FAQs
Advanced courses are designed to challenge and encourage higher-level thinking. Most advanced courses are comparable to college courses. You can develop intellectual skills and your own interests as you explore specific subject areas more deeply. Some of those skills are critical reading, data set analysis, synthesizing evidence to develop new insights and evaluating and solving problems. Your investment in any advanced course is sure to provide many returns.
Taking advanced courses provides you with additional learning opportunities. The courses give you the kind of background and preparation that will prove beneficial in your college courses or career. An advanced course exam grade shows your college or employer that you have learned college-level material and deserve credit and/or advanced placement for meeting that challenge.
Students need to be motivated to study and learn at the college level. If you are committed to participating actively in advanced courses and doing the out-of-class assignments, you have met a major prerequisite for success.
You should discuss your interest with your school counselor who will be able to advise you. The AP/IB coordinator can offer you information and guidance about all higher level courses at Albany High. Teachers and other students are sources of information as you consider higher level courses. Finally, you should also discuss the coursework with your parents.