• Ohio law requires that all state public high schools provide students with the opportunity to participate in an "advanced standing" program (ORC 3313.6013). An advanced standing program enables a student to earn college credit for a degree or career certificate during their high school years. Pickerington Schools offers two types of advanced standing programs: Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus (CCP). Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus offer students intending to pursue any type of post-secondary education beneficial skills and knowledge. The district offers both of these options to advocate for individual student choice and flexibility, rather than to advocate for one program over another.

    Please take the time to review and consider the obstacles and opportunities of each program in each content area.  Mixing course formats may be a better choice than all of one or another.  Whatever your choices may be, please avoid a simple “cookie-cutter” approach to education.

    Choose a path that is as unique as you!

About Advanced Placement (AP)

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught by teachers using curricula approved by the College Board. Successful completion of coursework in the AP program allows students the opportunity to take an exam in May. Students who earn at least a score of 3 on the AP test receive credit that is accepted by all of Ohio’s public universities and colleges. Read more about The College Board's AP program here.

    The number of credits and how they apply towards a degree vary depending on the test and the college. Students can only receive such credit if they take the AP test. Private colleges and universities outside of Ohio have specific policies in place that may vary from Ohio’s public institutions.

    • Students are not required to take the AP exam to receive weighted credit for their courses.
    • The AP exams in American History and American Government replace the state-required end-of-course examinations for points toward graduation.
    • Students that wish to take the AP exam that are eligible for free or reduced lunch options should check with their counselors about exam fee waivers.
    • AP courses are more rigorous than traditional high school courses and are designed to develop the skills needed for success in college. Students must be prepared to take on the additional responsibility.
    • Courses follow the AP curriculum to prepare students for the AP exam at the end of the yearlong course.
    • Students taking AP classes may participate in the AP exam to demonstrate competency and potentially qualify for college credit and are charged for participation in the program.

    Get the Most Out of AP: Resources for students taking AP courses. 

About College Credit Plus (CCP)

  • Please note: "The subject matter of a course enrolled in under the college credit plus program may include mature subject matter or materials, including those of a graphic, explicit, violent, or sexual nature, that will not be modified based upon college credit plus enrollee participation regardless of where course instruction occurs."

College Credit Plus (CCP) FAQ

  • What kind of student takes these classes?

  • What qualifies a student as “college ready”?

  • What other things might limit a student’s access to CCP courses?

  • What are some differences between a CCP course and high school courses with placement exams like AP?

  • I think this is a great idea and would prefer that my student’s high school teachers provide the first introduction to college courses. Since this is locally taught by local employees, everything is still the same, right?

  • Should my student take these classes?

  • Do these courses transfer to other colleges after high school?

  • Is one college partner better than another?

  • Are my student’s teachers qualified to teach these classes?

  • If my student graduates with a significant amount of credits, will s/he be ready for more difficult courses?

  • What is the cost of each course?

  • What if a student fails the course?

  • If a student chooses a dual credit course, what is the process?

  • I have another question that isn’t listed – whom do I contact?