Advanced Placement Program

What is AP?

The AP Program at Padua Academy is offered in partnership with the College Board, bringing courses that are college-level in rigor to students still in high school.  Students from all around the world prepare to take their AP Exams in early May each year, an opportunity to demonstrate what skills and content they have learned through their participation in the course.

What Makes Our AP Programs Exceptional & Sets Us Apart:

Padua Academy achieved Gold status on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll and the 2023 AP Access Award, a testament to our unwavering commitment to academic excellence. 
  • Students took AP Exams Across 23 Subject Areas in 2023
  • 21 Dedicated Teachers for AP courses 2023-24
  • 86% Pass Rate Across 21 Subject Areas
  • One-Quarter of Padua's AP Students Achieved a Top Score of 5 on Their Exams
But here's the real highlight - our remarkable students and their outstanding performance in math:
  • 100% Pass Rate Across All AP Math Exams (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics), including a top score of 5 for every student who took the AP Calculus BC exam.
  • Such incredible achievements have inspired us to introduce AP Precalculus starting the 2023-2024 school year, raising the bar even higher!
What sets Padua Academy apart?
We are the only diocesan high school offering the AP Capstone program, empowering our students with a holistic and enriching learning experience.

AP Questions

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  • What are the advantages to taking an AP course?

    Taking an AP course can offer many advantages for students and their families, including:
    • The chance to showcase your talent or interest in a particular subject area by pursuing study at the most rigorous level available.
    • The growth and development of skills necessary for success in college, such as critical thinking skills, time management skills, or writing skills.
    • The opportunity to challenge yourself in an area that you are passionate about.
    • The increase in your GPA for your Padua transcript; additional weight is awarded for AP courses when calculating a student's GPA.
    • The potential to earn college credit at participating colleges and universities, thereby reducing total college tuition costs.
    • The potential for early graduation from college, due to AP credits awarded during high school.
    • The potential to have greater flexibility in the college schedule, due to AP credits awarded in high school, that enable study abroad participation, second majors or minors, or the ability to change majors.
  • Is AP right for me?

    There are several advantages to taking an AP course, but students are encouraged to discuss with their parents, teachers, and counselor if AP is the right fit for them. In addition to meeting AP course prerequisites and demonstrating the ability to complete college-level work, successful AP students are highly motivated and have a schedule that allows for significant out-of-class time to be dedicated to coursework.  Students should anticipate an additional commitment to preparation for the early May AP Exams.
  • What AP Courses does Padua offer?

    • AP 2-D Art and Design
    • AP 3-D Art and Design
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Capstone: Research
    • AP Capstone: Seminar
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Comparative Government and Politics
    • AP Computer Science Principles 
    • AP Drawing
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP European History
    • AP French Language and Culture
    • AP Music Theory (in cooperation with VHS Learning)
    • AP Physics I: Algebra-Based
    • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (in cooperation with VHS Learning)
    • AP Physics C: Mechanics (in cooperation with VHS Learning)
    • AP Precalculus
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Spanish Language and Culture
    • AP Statistics
    • AP United States History
  • Are AP students required to take the AP Exam in May?

    All AP students are highly encouraged to take the AP Exam for their respective course(s) in May by registering for the exams in the fall.  By taking the AP Exam, students:
    • Have the capability to earn the credit they have been working for all year long.
    • Have the potential to earn college credit that may be helpful in the event that the student elects to transfer colleges.
    • Showcase a major academic accomplishment by sharing their AP Exam score with colleges, universities, and scholarship opportunities.
    • Sharpen their study skills and test-taking skills prior to college.

AP Links

Additional information for AP Students and their families is available on the Resource Board, under the AP Program tile. 
Logins to OnCampus are required.

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    Kimberly Kiefer 

    Director of Teaching and Learning, AP Coordinator
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