The curriculum at the Ann Richards School challenges students with college-preparatory level coursework. Advanced Placement (AP) classes give students experience with college-level academics while in high school. Colleges, universities, and scholarship programs look for AP-level coursework on applications to show that students are ready for college-level rigor.
Students can earn college credit in high school through the completion of an AP Exam. Exams are taken in May and scored on a national scale from 1 to 5. Scores of 3, 4, or 5 indicate that students are qualified to succeed in college courses.
Each year, the AP program recognizes students who have performed exceptionally well on AP examinations. Forty current Ann Richards School juniors and seniors were awarded a national-level AP Scholar designation for scoring a three or higher on three or more AP exams.
Eight juniors and fourteen seniors were named AP Scholars for earning scores of 3 or better on three or more AP exams. Thirteen seniors were named AP Scholars with Honor for scoring three or better on four or more AP exams. Five seniors were named AP Scholars with Distinction for scores of three or better on five or more AP exams.
Texas House Bill 1992 guarantees that all Texas public colleges and universities are required to offer credit for a result of 3 or higher. Last year Ann Richards School students earned a 3 or higher on 349 AP exams. The average tuition cost for one semester of a college-level course is $1,668, Ann Richards School students earned a minimum of $582,132.
The Ann Richards School Foundation proudly supports Advanced Placement testing at the Ann Richards School by ensuring every student has the opportunity to earn college credit. Ann Richards School students sat for 768 AP exams for the 2021-2022 school year.