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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes which have been approved by the College Board to carry the AP designation. Every AP course has a corresponding standardized exam, which is administered nationwide on a specific date in May.

Students may be eligible to earn college credit for AP courses, depending on their score on the AP exam. Whether or not a student earns college credits for AP, these courses prepare students very well for the academic rigors of college.

Heritage offers about 20 AP courses, most of which are intended for juniors or seniors only. At HCS, all students in AP courses are required to take AP exams, but we consistently score well above state and national averages (see chart below). About 65% of Heritage graduates take at least one AP course during their high school career.

Percentage of total AP students with scores 3+

School summary

The following AP courses are currently offered at Heritage:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • French
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art 2D, 3D, Drawing
  • US Government
  • US History
  • World History


All AP courses are weighted in GPA calculations. At the conclusion of each semester, .025 is added to the cumulative GPA for each semester of AP coursework.