Advanced Placement (AP) courses are extremely challenging and are equivalent to an introductory (first year) college-level course. AP courses are taught using college level materials and strategies in order to prepare students for college-level course work in addition to completing the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in May. As a result, students should expect the pace and rigor of AP classes to be more challenging than regular classes at the same grade level. These classes are intended for students who have demonstrated both the highest level of academic achievement as well as commitment to hard work. Students must consider the amount of time they are able and willing to commit to the study and preparation necessary for success.