Advanced Placement courses, better know as AP courses, are one of two types of honors courses offered at Mesa High School.  The AP courses are designed to prepare students to take the AP tests at the end of the year.  Colleges may give credit and/or waive lower division course work, depending on the score on an AP exam.

In an effort to better educate our students and families about programs on campus, we would like to take the opportunity to describe the expectations related to enrollment in an Advanced Placement (AP) course.  Students who make the commitment to participate in the Mesa High School Advanced Placement Program should understand that they are registering for a year-long course that is taught at a college-level by experienced, certified instructors who adhere to the curriculum standards set for by the College Board.  In order to maintain the integrity of the curriculum and the AP course itself, all students are expected to fulfill the year long commitment as well as take the AP test at the conclusion of the school year.  The commitment to take an AP course also involves the following expectations:

  • 30 to 60 minutes per night of independent study per course
  • Daily reading and note taking, as well as completion of all homework
  • The desire to participate, learn and succeed
  • A positive attitude
  • The ability to accept constructive feedback from course instructor(s)
  • The ability to ask for help from sources available on campus
  • The obligation to complete the year course
  • The understanding that they will take the AP test