Advanced Placement

[ AP courses ]

AP courses prepare students to take the external AP examination administered by the US- based College Board. Sufficiently high AP scores may earn a student advanced standing or university credit at many US colleges. AP scores come solely from the AP exams written in May. Students may take up to six AP courses, depending on the schedule, one in grade 10, and five in Grades 11 and 12.

AP Course Selection at RAIS

  • AP Biology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Macro Economics

A course may be dropped if insufficient numbers of students register for it.

Admission to AP Courses

AP courses require long-term commitment from students. For this reason students must demonstrate the following before being admitted to any AP courses:

  • A high level of motivation and good grades across the majority of subject areas.
  • A high level of achievement in courses deemed prerequisite or cognate to the selected AP courses.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the increased homework demands.
  • Written parent approval.
  • A commitment to complete all course requirements, including external examinations. All students enrolled in AP courses should prepare to register for and sit the external exams. Payment for exams is considered part of the family’s financial obligations; payment is due in last week of September and is non-refundable. Any student, who, for any reason, does not sit an AP exam, will be moved to RAIS non AP subjects.

High School Grades

Percentage Value

Letter Grade

Regular Grade Point

Weighted Grade Point*

95 – 100

A

4.00

4.50

90 – 94

 A-

3.70

4.20

87 – 89

  B+

3.30

3.80

83 – 86

B

3.00

3.50

80 – 82

  B-

2.70

3.20

75 – 79

  C+

2.30

2.80

70 – 74 C

2.00

2.50

65 – 69

  C-

1.70

2.20

60 – 64

   D+

1.30

1.30

55 – 59

 D

1.00

1.00

50 – 54

  D-

0.70

0.70

00 – 49

F

0.00

0.00

*AP courses are weighted

  • A is assigned to work that demonstrates excellence and is clearly exceptional.
  • B represents work that is very good and shows signs of high achievement.
  • C represents satisfactory completion of all assignments.
  • D represents academic achievement at a minimum level.

Grade Point Average (GPA) will be stated on semester report cards and transcripts. Students enrolled in AP courses will receive an additional 0.5 weightage for grades of C- and above on the GPA in recognition of the challenging nature of these courses, particularly in the assessment of student work. Students can calculate their semester GPA by converting all their letter grades to the corresponding numbers above, adding them together, and dividing by the number of credits.

Note: Students who have registered for AP classes are still eligible for an RAIS Diploma, provided they complete all graduation requirements, regardless of their scores on external examinations. RAIS is registered as a center for AP exams.

To learn more about AP, please click on the links below:

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