Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement at Bishop Kenny

Bishop Kenny offers 24 Advanced Placement (AP) courses which offer students the opportunity to complete college-level work while in high school and earn college credit.  AP courses engage students in higher-level inquiry, research, and real-world applications in the disciplines they study.

AP students may also join the Capstone Diploma program, an innovative program that ties together the skills developed across multiple disciplines to prepare students to be critical thinkers and expert researchers.  

AP Course Offerings

Capstone Diploma Program

AP Seminar (11th grade)

AP Research (12th grade)

Language Arts

AP English Language and Composition (11th grade)

AP English Literature and Composition (12th grade)

Social Studies

AP World History (10th grade)

AP United States History (11th grade)

AP United States Government & Politics (12th grade)

AP Macroeconomics (12th grade)

AP Human Geography (11th or 12th grade)

AP Psychology (11th or 12th grade)

Mathematics

AP Statistics (11th or 12th grade)

AP Calculus AB (12th grade)

AP Calculus BC (12th grade)

Science

AP Chemistry (11th or 12th grade)

AP Biology (11th or 12th grade)

AP Physics 1 (11th or 12th grade)

AP Physics 2 (11th or 12th grade)

World Languages

AP Spanish Language and Culture (12th grade)

AP Latin (12th grade)

Performing Arts

AP Studio Art: Drawing

AP Studio Art: 2D Design

AP Studio Art: 3D Design 

Technology

AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science A

Requirements to Participate in AP

Students must have a 3.5 GPA and meet the grade criteria in pre-requisite coursework to apply for certain AP courses.  For more information, visit the Course Catalog.

FAQ: Why Advanced Placement and not dual enrollment?

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is an internationally recognized curriculum that is rigorous and validated by colleges and universities.  

Similar to dual enrollment, students can earn college credit while in high school through the satisfactory completion of AP exams.  For example, in the State University System of Florida, each AP course corresponds to an undergraduate-level course (examples: UFFSU).  To learn more about which courses colleges accept for credit, visit: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/getting-credit-placement/search-policies

While dual enrollment offers students the ability to take college courses during high school, the content and curriculum may vary dependent on the partner college and course instructor.  Further, not all dual enrollment courses are universally accepted like AP.  Bishop Kenny values the AP program as courses are taught on our campus by our teachers, and require a rigorous curriculum that is audited by College Board.  Unlike other programs, a student may take as many or as few AP courses as desired and in multiple disciplines if meeting the placement criteria for those courses.

To learn more about the benefits of AP, visit: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/what-is-ap