Advanced Placement (AP)

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Advanced Placement courses are rigorous, college level academic courses taught on campus in our West Orange HS classrooms.  *Students should consult with their guidance counselor and teachers to determine if AP classes are an academic fit for their goals.



Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP, regardless of their exam score. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years.


- Provide excellent preparation for future college success.
- Offer opportunity to assimilate to college level coursework while in high school.
- Develop valuable college skills like time management and college level writing.


- Boost GPA
- Earn college credits in high school
- “AP” on your high school transcript shows colleges you're motivated to succeed
- Better preparation for the demands of future college courses
- Colleges value the rigor of AP courses on transcripts

WOHS is proud to partner with College Board
to offer the following AP courses to our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take an AP course and risk getting a lower grade?

The grade you receive may be as good or better than one you would have earned in an honors course, because the weight given to grades in AP courses compensates for the increased difficulty. Secondly, colleges know that all courses are not equal. Their evaluation of student grades focuses as much on the quality of the courses as the grades received. Finally, an AP course gives you an opportunity to learn a subject in great depth and helps you develop skills that will be critically important to successful study in college.

What do I need to succeed in AP?

You need to be willing and able. "Willing" mean motivated to study and learn on the college level. If you are committed to participating actively in an AP class and doing the out-of-class assignments, you have met a major prerequisite for success.

AP Exam and College Credits?

Click here for more information about AP exam scores and college credits

AP Coordinator
Mr. Meke Smith
[email protected]
Ext: 6162133