The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide the opportunity for students to challenge university-level courses while still in high school, and students who score at least a 4 on their exams may be able to use their high school coursework for university credit.
At Balmoral Hall School, we expect all students to have taken at least one AP course by graduation, encouraging them to experience the rigour of an advanced course of study in a supportive learning environment. We offer AP courses in the following subject areas: the arts, English, languages, humanities, mathematics, the sciences, technology, and entrepreneurial exploration. We also facilitate opportunities for students to challenge AP exams in certain subject areas, such as the arts and languages.
For the last three consecutive years, we have been proud to accept the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
— in 2020, ours was one of only 56 schools worldwide to be recognized for achieving this distinction in AP Computer Science A as well as AP Computer Science Principles. Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs. Research shows that women are more likely to pursue computer science if they are given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
On Episode 17
of the Balmoral Hall School podcast, “What Makes You Say That?” – the first multimedia episode – we were joined by Ms Kristina Karlsson, who teaches art across all grades from K–12. She tells us more about AP coursework in art and design, which began with one student in 2016. Erin Jeong ’16 speaks to our hosts about how she was drawn to art and what her time at Balmoral Hall School has meant to her as she has proceeded to study architecture.