Advanced Placement Program

An ‘AP’ or an ‘Advanced Placement’ course offers students the opportunity to study college level courses during high school. The Advanced Placement program curriculum is set by the College Board and is equivalent to introductory courses taken the first year in college. At the end of the year, all students participating in AP classes are required to take a national exam. Depending on a student’s performance on the exam, a university may give the student college credit or advanced placement in college courses.

USJ offers 14 Advanced Placement courses, all certified by the College Board. This gives our students the opportunity to take one or more college-level courses in their areas of interest. Our strong AP program sets us apart from most other schools. By the end of their first semester of college, many USJ graduates are classified as sophomores or better because of the AP credits earned in high school.

33 Students Named Advanced Placement Scholars.

The number of USJ students participating in our Advanced Placement program and the number of AP tests they take increases each year as the program grows.

In the 2015-2016 school year, for example, USJ students who took AP exams, had a passing rate of 91 percent. This is a grade of three or more on the exam, based on a 5-point scale. (See chart below.)

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Our AP Teachers

The strength of USJ’s AP curriculum lies in our teachers. Our 12 AP teachers have a combined experience of nearly 300 years in the classroom and 150 years of teaching the AP curriculum. Several are AP graders, meaning they have been trained and called on by the College Board to grade AP tests. Because they are AP readers, they also have a better understanding of what must be covered in the course and how students should prepare for the AP exam in the spring.

Our AP teachers are below. To find out more about each teacher, click on the link below to the teacher's web page.

Debra Anton, AP Psychology
Bridget Clark, AP English Literature
Teresa Dunn, AP French Language
Jimmy Glosson, AP Spanish Language
Libby Lynch, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2-D, and AP Studio Art 3-D
Don Newman, AP Calculus BC and AP Calculus AB
Jane Ramer, AP Biology
Don Roe,
AP U.S. History
Judy Sanderson, AP Physics B

Scores for Advanced Placement Exams

86% Earned a 3 or Higher