AP, or Advanced Placement Courses are college-level courses that a student can take in high school. Clover Garden School offers some in-house courses such as AP English IV, AP Government and AP US History.  There are many AP courses offered online with the Virtual Public High School (NCVPS).  The courses are more rigorous than high school courses since they are, in fact, college courses and students can receive college credit for taking the courses, although not all colleges grant students college credit for the courses.

“The AP program is run by the College Board, which develops the curriculum, creates and administers the exams, and provides support for teachers. The AP program gives students the opportunity to take one or more college-level courses while they are still in high school, and to receive college credit if they receive a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP test.” 

http://www.greatschools.org/college-prep/applying/494-AP-courses-exams.gs

All students that are taking an AP course to receive AP credit are responsible for signing up and taking the appropriate AP exam.  They can sign up for the exam at collegeboard.com the same place they sign up for the SAT.  All students must pass the course and pass the AP exam in order to receive AP credit and the extra quality points.  If a student takes an AP course and does not sign up for or take and pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or higher then the course will revert to an honors course and the student will receive honors credit only and only one honors quality point.

AP COURSES HAVE RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIRE TEACHER RECOMMENDATION