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Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at the Senior High School in several subject areas. AP courses are college level classes which provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit in high school, place into honors classes in college, and/or obtain admission to highly competitive schools or programs. These advantages are granted by individual universities or university departments based on the student’s score on the national AP test. Students who enroll in AP classes should plan to take the AP test. Tests are given at the high school in early May. There is an $94 cost for the test. Students who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program may have part of the AP test fees waived.
Because AP classes are college level courses, they require a significantly greater amount of effort than do regular high school classes. AP classes also carry weighted grades, so taking AP classes and doing well in them will raise a student’s grade point average. These classes are likely to enhance a student’s class rank and ability to win scholarships. Students may enroll in one or more AP classes.
The decision to enroll in AP classes should be made after careful consideration of the student’s ability, prior academic preparation in a subject area, interest in the subject, and future career goals. All AP classes require specific course prerequisites, so students must think ahead when planning their freshman and sophomore schedules to ensure that they are eligible for a desired AP class in the junior or senior year.
Participation in an AP class can be an excellent way to find out what college level work will be like. However, AP classes also require daily homework, and the heavy workload will require sacrifices in other activities outside school. Students who take AP classes are able to successfully participate in extracurricular school activities. However, it is very rare that a student can successfully take AP classes, participate in extracurricular activities, and also hold down a part-time job. Because each individual’s situation is different, parents and student should schedule a time to discuss with a counselor the implications of taking AP classes.
The following AP classes are offered at Fairfield Senior High School.
  • AP Art 
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP World History
  • AP English Literature and Composition 
  • AP English Language and Composition 
  • AP American Government
  • AP Physics
  • AP Calculus AB*
  • AP Calculus BC*
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Statistics
*AP Calculus BC covers more material and is more challenging than AP Calculus AB. The Advanced Placement Board offers different tests for AB and BC.
Effective with the 2007-2008 school year AP online courses, which have prior approval of the building principal, will be calculated in the grade point average WITHOUT the .03 added on.