• Advanced Placement Program

    The Advanced Placed (AP) program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities.  The AP program offers college-level courses and exams that give high school students the opportunity to receive advanced placement and/or credit in college.  The purpose of the AP/PreAP program offers students the opportunity to develop higher level thinking skills through an immersion in rigorous content, an accelerated pace, and performance assessment at the synthesis and evaluative levels.

    Midland ISD is committed to the principle that all students deserve an opportunity to participate in a rigorous and academically challenging curriculum.  Because of this commitment, students are highly encouraged to take AP courses when appropriate.  According to research, by the time students enter college, the types of courses they took in high school are more important than test scores, class rank, or grade averages.  Students participating in AP courses are significantly more likely to attain a college degree than those without an AP experience. (Adelman 1999).

    Midland ISD currently offers over twenty (20) AP courses at each of our high schools and junior high schools.  Content and curricular goals for each AP discipline are outlined in an AP Course description supplied by the College Board and can be found in the Advanced Placement Program Student and Parent Information Booklet.

    AP Courses

    AP Biology
    AP Calculus AB
    AP Calculus BC
    AP Chemistry
    AP Computer Science A
    AP English Language and Composition lll
    AP English Literature and Composition IV
    AP Environmental Science
    AP French Language
    AP German Language
    AP Latin Vergil
    AP Macroeconomics
    AP Microeconomics
    AP Music Theory
    AP Physics B
    AP Physics C
    AP Psychology
    AP Spanish Language
    AP Spanish Literature
    AP US Government
    AP Comparative Government
    AP US History

    PreAP Courses

    PreAP Algebra l
    PreAP Algebra ll
    PreAP Biology
    PreAP Chemistry
    PreAP English l
    PreAP English ll
    PreAP English lll
    PreAP French lll
    PreAP German lll
    PreAP Latin lll
    PreAP Physics
    PreAP Pre-Calculus
    PreAP Spanish lll
    PreAP World Geography
    PreAP World History
    7th & 8th grade PreAP English
    7th & 8th grade PreAP Science
    7th & 8th grade PreAP Math
    7th grade Texas History
    8th grade US History


    Approximately 1200 institutions of higher learning award credit based on a student's AP examination scores.  AP examinations are structured to measure depth of knowledge, completeness of thought, and synthesis of ideas.  Each AP exam contains both multiple choice and free response questions that require essay writing, problem solving, and other skills.  Each exam receives an overall score based on a five point scale, with college credit usually given for scores of 3 or higher:


    5 - Extremely well qualified
    4 - Well qualified
    3 - Qualified
    2 - Possibly qualified
    1 - No recommendation

    AP exams are administered each year during the first two weeks of May.  AP Grade Reports are sent in July to each student's home address, high school, and if the student has requested, to designated colleges.

    Each college and university decides how much credit to award for AP scores.  This information can be found by using the AP Credit Policy search at www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy