Advanced Placement AP ® Courses
“Homeschool students who complete Advanced Placement AP ® courses taught by TPS predominately earn 4’s and 5’s on the corresponding AP® exam, with 5 being the typical score.”
Why take AP ® exams?
The primary benefit is that colleges use AP® exam scores as part of academically ranking their stronger applicants. Also, most colleges use good AP® exam scores to allow you to skip certain freshman courses. This potentially saves some tuition costs and allows students to spend more time focusing on other courses. Which courses can be skipped and what scores are required varies from college to college, so you need to check with your colleges of interest.
How high do AP ® exam scores need to be?
It varies, but upper colleges look for scores of 5 (highest) or 4. Some schools give ranking to scores of 3. Because higher scores matter, AP ® exams are usually taken in grades 11 and 12, and occasionally in grade 10.
Why take an AP ® course?
To be transcripted as an AP® course, the course must be approved by the College Board. This provides some verification to colleges that the course required certain content and standards, and so is to be considered as an “advanced” or “honors” level course for upper high school. Also, AP® courses are intended to prepare student specifically for the respective AP® exam.
Why take an AP ® course from TPS?
Three features set homeschool online AP® courses taught by TPS apart from others:
- Live instruction and interaction with the master teacher and students in a virtual classroom (most online AP® courses have limited or no live interaction).
- Individual feedback and evaluation from the master teacher (much more than you will find elsewhere).
- Top exam scores (most of our students earn top scores of 5 on the exam).
TPS currently teaches AP ® courses listed below, and students from these TPS courses earn top scores on the AP ® exams. TPS average scores on each test are in the upper 1/3 of the national scores for each exam, and often much higher. Homeschool students who complete AP® courses taught by TPS predominately earn 4’s and 5’s on the corresponding AP® exam, with 5 being the typical score.*
How effective are AP® courses taught by TPS in preparing students for College Board AP® exams? TPS average scores on each test are in the upper 1/3 of the national scores for each exam, and often much higher. Students who complete AP® courses taught by TPS predominately earn 4’s and 5’s on the corresponding AP® exam, with 5 being the typical score.*
Through a partnership between TPS and Belhaven University, some of these courses listed below are also eligible for transcripted college credit from Belhaven University (number of potential college credits is in parentheses). This means that if you take the AP® course taught by TPS, you can also get a college transcript from Belhaven University giving you credit for the equivalent Belhaven University course from the Belhaven course catalog. This gives you the simultaneous benefit of an AP® course and a dual enrollment college credit course.
AP ® courses taught by TPS
Click any link below to get course details including: course description, topics and objectives, textbooks, live class schedules, tuition fees, and more. You can also enroll in any course from its link below.
AP® Art History (3 credits)
AP® Biology (8 credits)
AP® Calculus AB (3 credits)
AP® Calculus BC (6 credits)
AP® Chemistry (8 credits)
AP® Comparative Government and Politics
AP® Computer Science A (Java)
AP® English Language and Composition
AP® English Literature and Composition (6 credits)
AP® Environmental Science
AP® European History
AP® U.S. Government and Politics
AP® U.S. History
AP® World History
TPS preparation for AP® courses
To find more details on these and related courses, please select the AP® category in our Course Catalog.
*TPS has several sources for this data: Each year we survey our students after the exams to find out their scores and we query the College Board for their scores, and then we cross-check the data to compile a valid TPS data set of scores for each exam. We analyze the TPS data set against the national AP® scores and subscores (data is released by the College Board after each exam cycle) to statistically assess TPS scores and subscores for each exam each year. We also analyze our AP® course grades against the AP® test results, to ensure that our courses continue to support the level and content of each AP® test.
(TPS must compile its own test score data and do its own analysis for each exam each year because the College Board data is incomplete and inaccurate. Home educated students take AP® courses from multiple sources or even self-study, and the data forms given to students on test day do not ensure the correct school code is entered or allow listing multiple schools as sources. The College Board acknowledges the problem, and says they are seeking a better solution to support home education and on-line AP® courses.)
Courses indicated as AP® have received College Board review and approval. AP® is a trademark owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with and does not endorse this site.