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Advanced Standing Coursework

Identifying Advanced Standing Courses

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement courses are designed to challenge students who demonstrate a consistent record of outstanding academic achievement. Rich course material, vibrant classroom discussions, and demanding assignments help these students develop content mastery and critical thinking skills expected of college students. The College Board (accredited organizer of AP curriculum and exams) audits all AP curriculum offered at the ASD high schools. The College Board also develops and scores all AP examinations for each course. In addition to content, AP courses focus on preparation for these College Board AP tests. Successful completion of the course and AP exam translates into college credits for our students. Further information about College Board can be found at The ASD expects all students who take AP classes to participate in the AP exams held in the spring of each year. Scholarships to support AP exam fees are available for families with financial need.

Articulated Credit

Colleges and universities sign agreements with the district to grant college credit for high school courses that align to college level curriculum. These agreements recognize that skills and competencies are developed through successful completion of specific coursework. Articulated credit is awarded to students who achieve the competencies agreed to and matriculate to the partnering institution. Benefits of articulated credit can include savings on tuition, books and fees, saving time by avoiding duplicative coursework, and providing time in the schedule for expanded program content.

Dual Enrollment

Students have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses and receive college credit. The ASD has partnered with the Delaware State University, The University of Delaware, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College, and West Virginia University to provide opportunities to accelerate learning. Students who successfully complete these courses earn high school and college credit which can be presented to any post-secondary institution (pending their requirements and approval). Each year, new courses are added to our list. Check with the counseling department at any time to determine the exact courses offered for dual enrollment. Students are required to cover the cost of any dual enrollment course they elect to enroll in unless it is a required course within their Pathway. Students are required to meet the entry requirements of the individual college or university.

Early College Programs

The Appoquinimink School District partners with colleges and universities that offer early college credits. Early College programs offer dual credit opportunities for students and students are able to self enroll in the program. Students are able to receive high school credit by submitting their college transcript to their school counselor. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves and earn credits that allow them to matriculate directly into their post-secondary studies.