Advanced Academics: Advanced Placement

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) program was created by the College Board in 1955 to provide students with a pathway to earn college credit while in high school. AP courses are rigorous, college level courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the College Board standards and skills.  Depending on the college or university, students may earn college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college by taking the AP exam in May and scoring a 3 or higher. 

    AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work, but with the support of high school teachers and peers. Students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success. Students have the opportunity to dig deeper into subjects that interest them, develop advanced research and communication skills, and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving and analytical skills to address course challenges. AP students learn what will be expected of them in college.

    See below for frequently asked questions about Advanced Placement (AP) course in LISD:


  • What are the benefits of taking an AP course?

  • Who can take an AP course?

  • What AP courses are offered in LISD?

  • Does the LISD Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) offer any AP courses?

  • What GPA points are earned for a high school AP course?

  • How do I know if the university or college that I am considering will accept AP scores for course credit?