Advanced Academic Programs
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger.
AP courses are taught by highly qualified M-DCPS high school teachers who use the AP Course Descriptions to guide them. The course descriptions outline the course content, describe the curricular goals of the subject, and provide sample exam questions. While the course descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP Exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented.
Every year, thousands of M-DCPS students enroll in one or more of the 38 different AP course offerings. Every high school in M-DCPS offers AP courses for all of their students grades 9-12.
The AP Capstone Program is a diploma program from the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone consists of two new AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research.
The College Board designed the AP Capstone diploma program in response to colleges' and universities' need to identify students who have challenged themselves with a rigorous academic program and who can arrive on campus with the critical skills increasingly valued by colleges and beyond – independent research, collaborative teamwork, communication, and analytical writing.
The following high schools in Miami-Dade County offer the AP Capstone Diploma for students who enroll and successfully complete AP Seminar, AP Research, and four (4) additional AP Courses.
1. Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School