KPIS International School Letters: AP(Advanced Placement) Planner

Dear KPIS community,

As we reach the midpoint of semester one, it is a good time to share the progress in our Advanced Placement program. This year, we are proud to have 28 students registered for six different AP classes; including Macro Economics, Language & Composition, Biology, Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology. Registration for AP exams is closed now and these students will be sitting their exams in May 2020. We all hope they learn and work hard as these students represent the top academic levels of our school and tell an important message to the other schools in the region – KPIS is a top-performing international school!

Why AP? Here are some of the additional benefits:

Build skills and confidence

  • AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
  • They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

Get into college

  • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.
  • 85% of US colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions and this number is increasing steadily for Thai Universities.

Succeed in college

  • Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.

Save time and money in college

  • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time which means they avoid paying for, for example, an extra year of tuition.
  • Most western colleges and universities offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
    • Fulfilling graduation requirements early
    • Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses

Facts and figures come from the AP Collegeboard website. Click here About AP to learn more about Advanced Placement and the AP Planner.

–Matthew R. Merritt (Secondary School Principal)
KPIS International School, Bangkok, Thailand