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Welcome to the AP Program

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a collaborative effort between motivated students; dedicated teachers; and committed high schools, colleges, and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement, while still in high school.
Most colleges and universities in the United States, as well as colleges and universities in more than 30 other countries, have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both on the basis of their AP Exam grades. Many of these institutions grant up to a full year of college credit (sophomore standing) to students who earn a sufficient number of qualifying AP grades.
Each year, an increasing number of parents, students, teachers, high schools, and colleges and universities turn to the AP Program as a model of educational excellence. More information about the AP Program is available at the AP student site
Advanced Placement (AP) courses in a wide variety of subject areas will be available at Staten Island Technical High School, pending budget.
Each Advanced Placement course has a corresponding exam that participating schools worldwide administer in the Spring. AP Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section (either essay or problem solving). AP Exams are a culminating assessment in all AP courses and are thus an integral part of the program. As a result, many schools, such as Staten Island Technical High School, foster the expectation that students who enroll in an AP course will take the corresponding AP Exam.
The cost for taking the exam will be determined by the College Board. There is a fee reduction available for families requiring financial support.