Frequently Asked Questions
On June 18, Sidwell Friends announced that it has joined with seven other local independent schools to begin the process of replacing Advanced Placement courses with more relevant, challenging, mission-driven offerings that will be designed by its own teaching faculty. We have prepared answers to the following questions you may have.
- Which eight schools are making the announcement to move away from Advanced Placement courses?
- What spurred reconsideration of AP courses?
- What is the rationale for eliminating the AP designation?
- Are all eight schools eliminating AP courses at the same time?
- When is Sidwell Friends eliminating AP courses?
- Will Sidwell Friends still administer AP tests?
- Will Sidwell Friends offer AP test preparation?
- Once Sidwell Friends no longer administers AP tests, will financial aid still be available to defer the costs of taking the tests?
- What is being offered in place of AP classes to provide particularly high-achieving students with opportunities and challenges?
- Lacking the designation, how will a student know which classes are as challenging as AP classes?
- What outreach are you doing with colleges and universities to advise them of the change?
- Without the designation, how will the colleges to which students apply know they took courses as rigorous as AP courses?
- Will AP scores be included on the school’s profile?
- What will the impact be on students’ weighted average?
- Beyond admissions, won’t students lose the opportunity to receive college credit by not taking AP courses?
- What is the expected impact on students applying to college abroad?