Advanced Placement and Honors Information
LHS prides itself on the academic excellence of our students. In an effort to provide a challenging academic environment and prepare our students for the future, we offer Honors courses and an extensive Advanced Placement program. In addition, students have the opportunity to receive University of Colorado credit through the CU Succeeds Gold program. Click on the following links for more information about the programs and the courses offered.
- Advanced Placement
- To help determine the number of credits an institution may grant for your AP Test, follow this link and enter your institution name.
- CU Succeed Gold
"The Advanced Placement and Honors Program offers 20 AP and 15 Honors courses across core and elective subject areas."
"CU Succeed Gold program is tied to eight Advanced Placement courses offering university credit."
"More than 60% of the LHS student body is enrolled in AP and Honors coursework."
AP Diploma Requirements (Click here for AP testing schedule)
- Students must take five year-long AP courses (or the equivalent) in a minimum of four subject areas. The subject areas are Music, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and World Language.
- Students must complete five AP courses with no grade lower than a B.
- Students must take the AP test in each AP course that counts as a subject area requirement.
- Students must submit an application for the Longmont High School AP Diploma in the year in which they intend to graduate. Applications will be available in the counseling office mid-March and must be returned by the last school day in April.
The Longmont High School Advanced Placement Program - Connecting students to college success
In today's information-based economy, a college education is a necessity, not a luxury. However, a study from the U.S. Department of Education found that of the students who entered college in 1995:
- Only one-half (53 percent) had attained a bachelor's degree after six years.
- About one-fourth (23 percent) had not attained any degree and were no longer enrolled after six years.
Students who take longer to graduate from a public college or university typically pay up to $19,000 for each additional year. Students attending private institutions might expect to incur $26,197 for each additional year. (1)
As schools send the next generation of students off to college, they need to ask themselves — is the end goal of college admission enough? What can be done to provide your students with the tools they need to succeed in college?
AP can help
AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. Since 1955, the AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school. A 2008 study found that AP students had better four-year graduation rates than those who did not take AP. For example, graduation rates for AP English Literature students were 62 percent higher than graduation rates for those who took other English courses in high school. (2) Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges: 31 percent of colleges and universities consider a student's AP experience when making decisions about which students will receive scholarships. (3) 85 percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student's AP experience favorably impacts admissions decisions. (4)From Collegeboard
- Costs include tuition, fees, and books only, and do not include room, board, and other living expenses. Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2008-09 (Enrollment-Weighted). The College Board, "Trends in College Pricing," 2008.
- Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, "College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences." The College Board, 2008. To isolate the role of AP, researchers compared "matched" groups of students, meaning the students had similar SAT® rank and family incomes, but different experiences with English course work (i.e., they either took the AP course and exam or they took other English courses).
- Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research, Inc. March 2007.
- Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research, Inc. March 2007. For the purpose of this study, selective institutions were defined as those where less than 70 percent of applicants were admitted, the mean SAT score was 1025 or higher, and mean ACT score was 22 or higher.