Advanced Placement

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Our Highly-Successful AP Program

De La Salle Collegiate offers some of its most capable students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement classes. These courses simulate the expectations of introductory level courses at the college level and are recommended for students eager to challenge themselves. Because these courses follow a national curriculum and all teachers at De La Salle  who teach in the AP program will have trained in this curriculum, they are highly regarded for their depth and quality.

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AP courses taught at De La Salle are comparable to first-year college courses. At the conclusion of an AP course, students must take the corresponding AP exam. AP exams are three-hour multiple choice and essay question exams given in May. Exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 3 considered a qualifying score. There is an exam fee which will be collected with the annual registration fees in August. 

The College Board cites these benefits to Advanced Placement courses:

1. Students have the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level, so they will be more prepared for college work.

2. Students receiving a qualifying grade on an AP exam may be eligible for advanced placement or course credits at the vast majority of colleges and universities in the United States. Acceptance of the credit depends on the policies of the particular college or university where the student enrolls.

3. The AP program offers a number of Scholar Awards to students for outstanding performance on AP exams. This achievement is noted on the AP transcript and recognized by colleges.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES OFFERED AT DE LA SALLE:

  • AP U.S. History
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Spanish IV
  • AP Government
  • AP European History
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Human Geography

AP QUESTIONS?
Mr. Christopher Dean is the Advanced Placement Coordinator at De La Salle Collegiate and his office is located next to the main office. Any questions regarding the AP program can be addressed to him via email at
cdean@delasallehs.com or phone at 586-541-6208.

WHAT IS AP?
AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit. Taught by dedicated, passionate AP teachers who bring cutting-edge content knowledge and expert teaching skills to the classroom, AP courses help students develop the study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking abilities that will be required in college and beyond. AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP exam grades. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. Individual institutions set their policies for awarding credit and/or placement. Students can view an institution's AP credit or placement policy by visiting The College Board or by contacting an institution directly.

WHY AP?
1. Earn college credits
2. Broaden college and career choices
3. Challenge yourself