AP (Advanced Placement) Courses


What is the Advanced Placement Program?

The Advanced Placement Program, administered by The College Board of New York and taught at local high schools, allows students to participate in a college level course and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year.


What are the advantages of my student taking an AP course?

The main advantage of taking an AP course is better preparation for college. It has been shown that students master in-depth content at the college level more easily after completing AP courses in high school. Students also acquire sophisticated academic skills and increased self-confidence in preparation for college.


How does an AP class compare to other courses at Mount Mercy Academy?

AP classes are more challenging and stimulating, but they take more time and require more work. AP classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students.


Why should I encourage my student to take an AP class? Won't it hurt my student's GPA?

Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of rigorous academic preparation. Colleges look favorably on students who tackle AP courses.


What AP courses/exams does Mount Mercy Academy offer?

  • AP Studio in Art
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • AP Calculus 


Mount Mercy Academy has Articulation Agreements with:

  • Trocaire College
  • Bryant & Stratton College
  • Carlow University
  • Hilbert College
  • Niagara University
  • SUNY Albany
  • Memorandum of Understanding with St. Bonaventure University
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