AP Advanced Placement
  • CHALLENGE YOURSELF! Students take part in course selection each spring for the upcoming school year. Students are encouraged to take part in Pre-AP and AP courses. SMCISD believes that Pre-AP and AP courses are a great pathway in preparing our students for college-level work after high school. It is recommended that students take no more than three (3) Pre-AP and/or AP classes per year. Pre-AP and AP courses require student commitment. Students should work with their counselor to select AP courses for which they have the most potential for success. Challenge yourself and earn college credit. To sustain the AP Program at San Marcos High School, we do ask that students commit to remaining in their AP course(s) for the school year.   



    Courses that prepare you to take AP courses in high school 



    Advanced Placement (AP) courses are developed by the College Board to give high school students an introduction to college-level courses and at the same time, allow students to earn COLLEGE CREDIT. The AP course rigor is more difficult than regular high school courses. At the end of the year, students must pass their AP exam with a 3, 4, or 5 to earn college credit. 



    • Save money by earning college credit
    • Help students transition to college with the required skills needed to be successful
    • Prove your skills in writing, critical thinking, and analysis
Last Modified on February 27, 2024