Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement

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AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work.

Students who display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines can attain globally recognised qualifications which certificates certifies outstanding academic excellence with a global perspective. The AP Capstone helps students develop key academic skills useful in college and beyond as they become more self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.

AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success. Institutions of higher learning value the rigour of AP courses, providing applicants a competitive advantage for admission.

The AP is considered the standard for academic excellence in the US, and is increasingly recognised as a quality university entrance qualification in Europe and the rest of the world.

AP courses offered

English Mathematics History and Social Sciences Science World Languages Electives
English Language Statistics European History Physics French Computer Science
English Literature Calculus Geography Chemistry German Studio Art 2
Macroeconomics Biology Spanish AP Seminar
Microeconomics AP Research
US History

AP Scholar Awards & Requirements

AP Scholar

Grades of 3 or higher on three or more full-year AP exams

AP Scholar with Honour

Grades of 3 or higher on four or more full-year AP exams avg. exams grade of 3.25

AP Scholar with Distinction

Grades of 3 or higher on five or more full-year AP exams; avg. exam grade of 3.5

AP International Scholar

The one male and one female student in the world with the highest grades on the greatest number of full-year AP exams. Student must attend a school outside the US.

2 High School students
The AP is so personal in the sense that you choose your pathway, your classes, you have freedom and this is just perfect for my learning style.
Jude Nel, High School Student
High School Class Lesson

AP International Diploma

It requires students to display mastery on AP Exams across several disciplines, and represents an exceptional level of achievement.

Students must earn scores of 3 or higher on five or more total AP Exams, allowing students to demonstrate that they have exceeded most university entry requirements, and some of the most competitive scholarship awards consider students’ AP Exam scores. Many universities also use AP Exam scores to place students into honors classes.

Currently only available at ACS Cobham

AP Capstone Diploma

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of a new, two-year High School course sequence — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

ACS Cobham is proud to be one of the first international schools around the world – and currently the only school in Europe – to offer this exciting new programme.
ACS Schools High School Student teacher

Benefits of AP Capstone

  • Fosters the research, argumentation, and communication skills that are at the core of college readiness and essential for lifelong learning
  • Provides a setting to build on the knowledge and rigorous course work of AP in an interdisciplinary format
  • Offers students a unique opportunity to distinguish themselves to colleges and universities
  • Builds professional excellence through participation in an intensive, weeklong collaborative professional development institute
  • Offers a flexible curricular content model with room for creativity and student input
  • Affords schools and districts the distinction of offering a rigorous, widely recognized diploma program
  • Helps identify students who are prepared to enter college with the research, writing, and collaboration skills necessary for successful college completion
  • Provides consistent, externally validated measures of student ability
  • Demonstrates student research and writing abilities through a 5,000-word scholarly research paper