Advanced Placement

It is the vision of Joliet Township High School that every student will be given the opportunity for success in an AP class and its corresponding exam. The district is committed to providing the support necessary to every student so they can excel.

About the Advanced Placement® (AP®) Program
The AP Program gives you a chance to experience college-level classes in high school and opens the door to earning college credit before you ever set foot on campus. You’ll get to dig deeper into subjects you love while building the skills and confidence you need to succeed in college.

Joliet Township High School offers AP courses in 18 subjects, each of which culminates in an optional exam in May. If you score a 3 or higher (on a scale of 1–5), you could earn college credit, skip intro-level courses, or both at thousands of U.S. colleges and universities. Earning credit in high school means paying for fewer credits in college. It also opens up your schedule, allowing you to take more electives, pursue a second major, or study abroad.

Regardless of your AP Exam score, taking AP courses can have a positive impact on your college applications. Admissions officers know college faculty play a big role in developing AP courses, so they know students who took AP pushed themselves to take challenging, college-level courses. This is something colleges like to see.

Take some time to look through the AP courses we offer. See if any interest you. By taking these courses, you can find out what college work is like while you have the support of teachers you trust in an environment you know.

New AP Exam Registration Process
AP exams will still take place in May, but starting with the 2019-20 school year, students will be asked in the fall to register for their AP Exam(s).

If your AP course doesn’t start until after the fall exam ordering deadline, you can register later in the year. For help registering, talk to your AP teacher, counselor, or your school’s AP Coordinator.

Most colleges and universities in the United States have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both on the basis of their A.P. Exam grades. Each AP course has a corresponding exam that participating schools worldwide administer in May. AP Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section (essay, problem solving, or oral response). AP Exams are a culminating assessment in all AP courses and are thus an integral part of the Program. As a result, students who enroll in an AP course are expected to take the corresponding AP Exam.

AP Supports

AP Summer Enrichment Camps

This summer camps are designed to help prepare these students for the academic challenges of the AP/Honors-level curriculum. Students will become familiar with the rigors of the AP/Honors programs while also building relationships with other students and teachers.  

Eligibility: A minimum of a 440 on the PSAT reading test and/or a teacher recommendation.

Contact: Please contact your high school counselor about this opportunity.

Support for Students

Additional academic support will be available to all freshmen students enrolled in AP Human Geography and Honors English 1. This support will vary depending on the school and content (most support is offered after school, but some support is offer to students on weekends). The additional academic support will focus on helping struggling students be more successful in their current course as well as future AP level courses. Students who feel they need additional support should contact their teacher immediately. Teachers may also recommend individual students for support. In addition to this additional academic support students may enroll in an AP mentoring program.

Teachers are available to students before and after school to address student concerns and help students prepare for AP exams by providing students with additional exposure to exam content as well as strategies for success. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in practice test sessions which will help them prepare for the actual AP exam by giving them an authentic test-taking experience.