Summer School: Not for Dummies Anymore Part 4

Issues with Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Summer Advanced Placement courses can be tricky. Normally, such courses occur during the regular school year, and students take scheduled AP exams before the beginning of the summer. That means that you can’t get immediate credit for AP work you do during the summer prior to college. College credit is based on the AP exam, not the grade received during the course. That means if you take a summer AP course, it will have to be prior to your senior year if you want to receive college credit in time for freshman year. However, you might enhance your chances of college acceptance if you have done post-high school AP coursework, even though you will have to wait until the next May to take the test.

An easier solution may be to tackle a regular college-level online course and simply transfer the credits. For example, if you take and pass an ACE recommended online college chemistry course, you can transfer the credits to an ACE member school. (Before doing this, it is important to make sure that any credits you earned are transferable to the college you will be attending.)

But whatever summer pathway a student wishes to pursue: regular high school courses, AP, or college-level, it is a great way to get a leg up in these competitive times. Throughout history, summer school has been a badge of dishonor. But in this case, history does not repeat itself. Summer school is no longer a symbol of those who fall behind. It’s for those who want to get ahead.