Advanced Placement (AP)

You're ready! Make the most of your high school experience and earn college credits with our Advanced Placement (AP) program at Minnetonka High School. Our AP teachers are passionate about their courses and eager to support students undertaking this college-level work. Their dedication benefits our students. In fact, 79 percent of our 2016 graduates took at least one AP or IB course during high school and 86 percent of AP students scored a 3 or higher on their AP exams (the minimum score needed for college credit consideration).

We offer 27 AP courses in English, world languages, social sciences, history, sciences, mathematics, computer science and the arts. Beginning in 2017, nine AP courses will be offered through Tonka Online.

Depending on your AP exam scores and college credit policies, you may earn college credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.

Research is clear: When you take college-level courses in high school, you are more likely to complete your college degree. Whether you are awarded credit or not, our graduates tell us the AP courses better prepared them for the rigor, writing and study skills needed for future success.

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Why participate?

AP offers something for everyone. The only requirements are a strong curiosity for the subject you plan to study and a willingness to work hard. 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
  • Receive college credit (86% of Minnetonka AP students score a 3 or higher on their AP exams, the minimum score needed for college credit consideration)

Stand out in the college admissions process

  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college
  • Show your willingness to push yourself and persevere
  • 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
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing and understanding key concepts for yourself

How do I enroll?

Once you've decided to take the AP challenge, it's easy to enroll through your regular course registration process. If you have any questions, talk to your current teachers, an AP teacher, your counselor, or Laura Herbst, our Advanced Learning Coordinator, about the course(s) you want to take. Discuss the course workload and any preparation you may need.

For a complete list of AP courses, see the MHS Skipper Log Course Catalog.


Contact

Laura Herbst
Advanced Learning Coordinator
laura.herbst@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5897

MHS Counseling Appointments
952-401-5811

Phil Trout
College Counselor
collegeguy@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5746


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