Advanced Placement Program


Advanced Placement Program

The AP Program at John Jay and the Science and Engineering Academy has experienced tremendous growth over the last several years with an open door policy that encourages all students to participate in rigorous and academically challenging courses and programs. The policies of the Science and Engineering Academy are in line with the goals and philosophy of the College Board, the body that administers both the AP tests and the SAT.

AP Scholar Awards

The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP Grade Report that is sent to colleges the following fall.


National AP Scholar

Several Science and Engineering Academy students have qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.


AP Scholar with Distinction

Several Science and Engineering Academy students qualify each year for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.


AP Scholar with Honor

Numerous Science and Engineering Academy students qualify for the AP Scholar with Honor Award every year by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.


AP Scholar

Hundreds of Science and Engineering Academy students have qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher.

Why Take Advanced Placement Courses?

AP can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. With 22 courses across 7 subject areas, the AP program at the Science and Engineering Academy offers something for everyone. The only requirements are a strong curiosity and the willingness to work hard. Through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.

Here are just a few reasons to sign up:


Gain the Edge in College Preparation


Get a head start on college-level work
Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem solving techniques
Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work


Stand Out in the College Admissions Process


Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college
Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit
Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence


Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons


Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own
Study subjects in greater depth and detail

SEA Advanced Placement Course Offerings:

Art History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Computer Science A
Economics: Micro
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
European History

Environmental Science
French Language and Culture
Government & Politics: US
Human Geography
Music Theory
Physics 1
Physics 2
Physics C: Mechanics

Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
US History
World History

General Information About Advanced Placement

Through 37 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that our exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college and faculty at some of our nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions. AP is accepted by more the 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. This includes more than 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.