AP Program



The Courses

The AP Program currently offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.
AP courses are taught by highly qualified high school teachers who use the AP Course Descriptions to guide them. The Course Description for each discipline outlines the course content, describes the curricular goals of the subject, and provides sample examination questions. While the Course Descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP Exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented. Published in the spring of the school year before the course will be taught, the Course .

The Exams

The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students’ ability to perform at a college level. Development Committees meet throughout the year to create new exams, which each contain a free-response section (either essay or problem solving) and a section of multiple-choice questions. The multiple-choice questions are scored by computer, while the free-response portions are evaluated by a team of skilled college professors and high school teachers who meet annually to score exams in their subject area. The involvement of college faculty at all levels of exam development and scoring ensures that the AP Exams truly reflect college-level achievement. Students who perform well can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at thousands of universities worldwide.

AP Fees

Exam Fees for 2016-2017 is now $91 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada. The fee is now $121 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada. The per-exam rebate that schools can retain to offset exam administration costs has increased from $8 to $9. The exam fee varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the United States.

Please note: School Counselors are responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the College Board is not permitted under any circumstances. School Counselors should order late-testing exams for students who would like to take exams that are scheduled for the same time.


As RNS student, you now have the option of earning western country college and university credit for taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses at RNS High School. These courses are available in Grades 11-12 beginning with the academic year 2016-2017. Here are the rules are regulations regarding Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

The AP program offers high school students the equivalent of first year university courses. Individual courses go into great depth and prepare students to take the external AP examination administered by the College Board of the United States. The AP exam scores can earn either advanced standing or university credit in the USA, Canada and other countries.

Students applying to competitive schools in the US, Canada and should consider AP courses as a necessary component in preparing for college and university admission.

While AP coursework is demanding, it is also very beneficial to students; even those students who do not perform well on the AP exam. A recent USA study found that students who take AP courses but do not earn a passing mark on the AP exams still do better in college compared to other college students who did not take AP courses.

The Advanced Placement program is designed to give students freedom in choosing courses that maximize their potential in selected subjects. AP courses will be offered at RNS beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year in Grades 11 and 12. Beginning in 2016-2017, RNS will offer students a minimum of three AP courses.

Bold AP courses listed below are offered in 2016-2018 to those students entering Grade11. Other AP courses listed below will be offered in future years. An AP course will be offered only if a sufficient number of students select it. Students also have the invitation to take “independent study” AP courses outside of the regular school day.

AP English Literature & Composition AP Biology
AP Art AP Psychology
AP Calculus AP Chemistry
AP Physics AP Sociology
AP World Historyt *Other AP as is needed
AP Economics  
AP USA History  

AP courses require long-term commitment from students. For this reason, students must demonstrate the following before being admitted to AP courses:

  • A high level of motivation and good grades across the majority of subject areas.
  • Fulfillment of course prerequisites as stated in the Program of Studies.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the increased homework demands.
  • Teacher recommendation.
  • Written (signature) parent and student approval.
  • A commitment to complete all the requirements of the AP courses in which the student enrolls, including the external AP examination.

Payment for the AP exams is due in August of each year. Once payment has been made, the cost of the exam cannot be refunded. Any request from a student to withdraw from an AP course will be carefully considered by the Counselor and the Principal. If the withdrawal occurs after the first two weeks of the class, the student will receive a WF (withdrawal failing) for the course on the high school transcript.

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