Advanced Placement Classes

What are advanced placement (AP) classes for high school students?

eAchieve Academy exists to give every student an opportunity to learn at their own pace. Every student is different—what’s best for one student may not be best for another. We offer flexible scheduling for students who take their time and allow accelerated students to dive into advanced AP courses for early college preparation. Students looking for online advanced placement classes will be happy to see our list of AP courses including Music Theory, Psychology, Calculus, World History, and Economics. 12th-grade students (and advanced 11th graders) finish off their online high school career with AP courses readying them for a challenging academic college career. Online high school students must learn to engage with course materials and develop their analytic skills to excel in AP courses.

  • All Advanced Placement courses offered by eAchieve Academy have been authorized by the College Board.
  • We offer online AP classes in a range of subjects
  • Students are welcome to enroll in our online AP courses whether or not they plan on taking the AP exam at the end.
  • eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online school with a variety of AP classes that meet the NCAA core course requirements.

AP classes can put students at a big advantage for college acceptance & credit. They aren’t necessarily for everyone, but can be an excellent idea especially for students interested in online learning. We’ve got a ton of information on the basics of AP classes and answers to the most common questions about advanced placement in high school.

9th Grade AP Classes

Motivated high schoolers often ask if they can take AP courses as early as 9th grade. At eAchieve Academy the answer is YES! We offer AP Music Theory and AP Computer Science Principles to all high school students, including 9th graders. We also offer Pre AP English for high school freshmen, which is a great way to get a taste of AP coursework before diving in.

10th Grade AP Classes

At eAchieve Academy there’s no need to wait until junior year to take AP classes. We offer a dozen different online AP courses open to 10th grade students. Taking AP classes starting your sophomore year is a good way to get a head start on earning college credit while still in high school (assuming you score well enough on the AP exam). We also offer AP Prep English 10 which helps sophomores build the skills needed to do well in AP classes.

11th Grade AP Classes

A major advantage of taking online AP courses in high school is the ability to study whenever and wherever you want, and to go at your own speed. You don’t have to take the plunge and switch to online high school to take advantage of our AP classes. Part-time enrollment lets you stay at your current school and take one or two online AP classes each semester (a great option when schools in your area don’t offer the courses you want).

High school juniors who are enrolled full-time at our online school get the additional benefit of a dedicated academic advisor who can help you determine the best AP classes to meet your academic and career goals.

12th Grade AP Classes

A major advantage of taking your senior year AP classes online is being able to progress at your own speed with a flexible schedule. Our AP teachers are available by phone and email for questions, and we provide pace charts so you can stay on track. Online high school classes can also help you develop skills like self-motivation and independent study that will come in handy when you’re at college.

You can enroll with us full-time and fill up your senior year schedule with regular and AP classes, or choose part-time enrollment and take one or two online classes with us each semester. This is a great option for students who want to stay at their current school and gain access to AP courses not offered locally.

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AP World Language Courses

Wisconsin students excelling in foreign languages can challenge themselves by taking AP Spanish courses their junior or senior year of high school.

eAchieve Academy AP world language courses prepare students for the College Board's Advanced Placement World Language and Culture exams. A passing score on the AP exam can earn you academic credit at college, allowing you to skip the requisite introductory level class.

Students enrolled in AP Spanish learn about contemporary Spanish culture while studying how they were shaped by history. Our curriculum includes sources such as film, newspaper, literary excerpts, and more. Online AP students build their foreign language communication skills through live sessions, email, and phone conversations with professors.

Make the switch to online high school with full-time enrollment or stick with your current school (or homeschool program) and just take one or two online classes with part-time enrollment.

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AP Art Courses

Students of the arts recognize the names Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, and Georgia O'Keeffe, but what about Edgar Degas, Caravaggio, or Mary Cassatt? Students focused on the arts receive a holistic education when they enroll in AP art courses through our online high school. With these classes, you will gain an understanding and knowledge of sculpture, painting, and more. Knowing how society has evolved through time and how it impacts modern art helps young artists create a strong foundation as they develop their own skills.

Our online AP art classes are available to both full-time and part-time online high school students

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AP Math Courses

eAchieve Academy offers AP Calculus A/B and B/C for students gifted in math. Available as soon as sophomore year, AP Calculus A/B challenges students with limits, differentiation, and integration of functions. AP Calculus B/C will test students further, challenging them with vector functions, polar functions, advanced differentiation and more.

Students can take online AP classes via full-time or part-time enrollment. Either way, you’ll benefit from studying on your own schedule and personalized learning from our Wisconsin-certified teachers.

If you score well enough on the AP exam you can even earn college math credit while still in high school.

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AP Science Courses

Online AP science courses at eAchieve Academy are ideal for motivated high school students looking to dive deeper into their favorite areas of science or get a head start on earning college science credits.

Built with our students in mind,our AP classes combine a flexible schedule, supportive staff, and challenging course work to produce a manageable Advanced Placement class. If you're passionate about the sciences, our online courses guarantee you can study on a schedule that works for you.

As early as sophomore year, Wisconsin high school students can choose to study AP Chemistry, Biology or Physics for free online through our virtual academy. These classes are legitimate and are accepted by top universities for academic credit when students achieve a passing score on the College Board's Advanced Placement exam.

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AP Social Studies Courses

Free online AP social studies courses at eAchieve Academy allow students to explore how our modern world was shaped and prepare for higher education after high school. An AP class now may seem like a lot to take on, but it help you college application stand out an even let you earn college credit while still in high school. There are two ways to enroll in an online AP social studies class at eAchieve: with full-time enrollment you'll make the switch to virtual high school and take all your classes online. With part-time enrollment you keep attending your regular high school (or homeschool) and just sign up for one or two online classes each semester. This is a great way to make up credits or get ahead.

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Your choices for K12 online school enrollment continue to become more and more diverse. Students have many more options beyond a traditional brick-and-mortar education. The only way to make the best choice for your child is to know all of your options. You may elect public traditional brick-and-mortar schools, virtual school options, independent schools, private schools and many different variations. Learn how to enroll in online school at eAchieve.

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Full Time Students

By choosing to enroll in online school, as opposed to attending a traditional, face-to-face school, students take learning into their own hands. While attending eAchieve Academy, you are taught the same materials and courses as a traditional school.

Full-Time Enrollment

Part Time Students

High school and home school students can enroll in one or two online classes every semester and still go to the same school you currently attend. eAchieve Academy offers a wide range of core classes, honors classes, AP classes and electives.

Part-Time Enrollment

Mid-Year Transfers

Students who want to transfer from their current school full-time to eAchieve for online high, middle or elementary school can do so for the remainder of the school year. To transfer to eAchieve during the school year, you must meet one of the open enrollment exceptions.

Immediate Transfer

The course takes one year to complete, and works much like a regular class except more in-depth. Students in AP Art History focus specific art periods and disciplines, then end with a state administered AP exam to determine how much college credit they’ve earned.

If there’s an Advanced Placement class in a subject you find interesting and you’re otherwise on track with the credits you’ll need to graduate, by all means take an AP class or two. Taking AP classes senior year can impress college admissions officers, as long as you do well in them. Because they’re more challenging, taking AP classes senior year can be a great way to prepare for college-level classes. Earning a high enough score on the AP exam may also let you earn college credits ahead of time, potentially saving money on college tuition.

There are a couple of strategies for picking the best AP classes in 12th grade. First, there’s the potential to test out of and/or receive early college credit in certain subjects. No matter what you major in, you’ll have to take math and English classes in college. If you score high enough in AP English and AP Calculus you might not have to retake them at university.

The other approach is based on your intended college major, if you have one. As an example, if you know you want to major in one of the hard sciences, definitely get a head start on college-level science classes with AP Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

No matter which AP classes you take in 12th grade, getting accustomed to college-level material will benefit you down the road. So if you’re interested in a specific subject like AP Art History or AP Computer Science, go for it!

There are two main things to consider when picking your 11th grade AP classes:

  • Your intended college major
  • Your academic interests

For example if you plan on getting an engineering degree in college, you should consider taking AP Calculus and AP Physics. If you’re leaning towards a degree in social sciences, choose classes like AP World History and AP Psychology.

If you have your heart set on a specific university, find out recommended classes for admissions including which AP class credits are accepted.

If you haven’t decided what you want to major in (which is fine!), choose AP classes that pique your interest and aim to create a well-rounded schedule for yourself. If you love the subject matter you’ll have an easier time putting in the work to earn a good grade and AP test score.

Every school has a different policy when it comes to registering for AP classes. Sometimes you need a teacher’s recommendation, or you need to pass a prerequisite class with a good enough grade.

At eAchieve the decision to sign up for AP classes is up to you. If you’ve been doing well in core courses and honors classes and are up for the challenge you should try taking AP classes your junior year – especially if you plan on going to college. Learn more about how AP classes work or contact us with your questions – we’re here to help!

Different high schools have different requirements for freshmen who want to take AP classes. Sometimes it’s as easy as signing up for the AP class you want. Other schools require a teacher’s recommendation. In some cases a student must complete a prerequisite course and earn at least a B before they can take the AP course.

All full-time high school students at eAchieve have an academic advisor who works one-on-one with them. Talking to an AP Coordinator or AP teacher can also help you determine whether taking an AP class freshman year is the right move.

You can also enroll part-time with us, keep attending your current school and take one or two online classes.

If you’d like to know more, check out our guide to how AP classes work. We’ve also created some guidelines on how many AP classes to take each year of high school to act as a jumping-off point for planning your course selections.

Yes, if you’re a motivated student and enjoy challenging yourself, you can take Advanced Placement classes in the 10th grade. There are 11 online AP classes open to eAchieve sophomores. AP classes not only count toward the 6.5 elective credits you’ll need for graduation, but a high enough score on the corresponding AP exam can exempt you from an entry level college course in that subject—which can save you money on college tuition.

It depends on your plans for after high school. If you want to attend a highly competitive college, you should consider your intended major and take the most challenging courses you can in that department.

In general, sophomores should take AP classes in subjects they’re passionate about. AP coursework is rigorous, and you’ll have an easier time if you’re truly interested and engaged, not just doing it for how the AP class will look on your transcript.

A sophomore student’s ability to register for AP classes varies depending on the school. In some cases you’ll need a teacher’s recommendation, or have to earn a good enough grade in a prerequisite course.

At eAchieve the decision is up to you. You can make the switch to our online high school and fill up your 10th grade schedule with regular and AP classes. Or choose part-time enrollment, stick with your regular school and just take one or two online classes you’re interested in.

We encourage all students to sign up for the most challenging classes they can handle without becoming overwhelmed. Online high school students enrolled full-time with us get a dedicated academic advisor available to help you determine the best classes for your 10th grade year.

Managing multiple AP courses is doable, but it takes commitment to learning and applying time management skills.

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AP classes are designed to be about as hard as an introductory level college class. Of course the learning environment and type of instructor will vary when comparing AP and college classes.

There are pros and cons to AP classes, and they’re not the right choice for all high school students. But for motivated students looking for a challenge, they can be a great way to prepare for college.

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One of the many benefits of taking AP classes is that they count more towards your GPA than standard courses: which means that it is possible for students to achieve a GPA greater than 4.0! Many of our AP students see this as a safety net and a challenge to graduate with a 4.0+ (very impressive to colleges).

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AP classes are not necessary to graduate high school, but are beneficial for students who want to earn college credit and reduce their high-level education costs in the future. AP Art History specializes in topics that can help students who want to pursue careers in history and art.

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Although AP classes take a lot of dedication, the benefits of taking an online AP course are worth it! In addition to gaining incredible knowledge, students will get college credit and college course experience to prepare them for future higher education courses.

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It depends on your plans for after graduation. For college-bound students who want to test out of their intended college’s foreign language requirement, doing well on an AP foreign language exam in high school can help you meet that goal. For students who want to major in a world language in college, taking AP world language courses in high school can give you a head start.

AP foreign language courses are ideal for motivated high school students who have a passion for world languages and cultures. If you’ve done well in standard high school foreign language classes and want to take a deeper dive into your favorite, an AP course is a great option. Because AP classes are more challenging (equivalent to a first-year college class), they’re not recommended for beginners or for students who struggle learning foreign language.

AP history classes are ideal for students with a passion for history who want to dive deeper into their favorite subject material. AP history courses are also a great way for motivated college-bound students to boost their GPA, make their college applications stand out and even earn college credit while still in high school.


The difficulty of an AP science class depends largely on a student’s overall science background, aptitude and interest. In general, AP science classes are considered harder than other AP subjects, with the hardest individual classes being AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2.


Which AP science class is easiest depends heavily on an individual student’s strengths and weaknesses, but most people agree AP Biology is the easiest of the AP science classes.

It depends what year of high school you’re in, and how easy or challenging you find regular and honors high school science courses. For students well-suited to AP coursework the general recommendation is to start with one AP class your freshman year, 2 your sophomore year, 2 or more junior year, and up to 5 AP classes senior year. For more details, check out our online guide to high school AP classes.

Social Studies is the collective term for classes that focus on the study of human society. Also called Social Sciences, classes in this category include economics, psychology, geography, political science, history, anthropology, government/civics and more. AP social studies courses are more challenging than regular high school social studies classes, and are designed to meet the standards of introductory level college courses.

The hardest or easiest AP social studies class will be different for each student based on their individual interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Based on the number of students who pass various AP exams each year the hardest AP social studies class is AP US History (a little over half of students who take the exam score 3 or higher). Again, there is more to consider when comparing the difficulty of different AP social studies classes, like your familiarity with the topic and your comfort with the instructor’s teaching approach.

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