High School AP & Honors Courses

How AP® and Honors Courses Work Online

International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA) offers more than 60 Advanced Placement (AP®) and Honors level courses. These courses are currently available in three of our curriculum programs and are designed to both enhance a student’s college application and better prepare them for college level learning. Note that most AP® and Honors courses require outside materials and books that are not covered in IVLA’s standard tuition cost.
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*AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board

To qualify for AP® and Honors level courses students must:

Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Meet high academic performance and attendance standards.

Be of Good Disciplinary Standing.

Have the ability to purchase additional materials that may be needed and are not included in IVLA’s standard tuition cost.
Adhere to IVLA’s attendance requirements and meet assignment deadlines

The IVLA Difference

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Recent IVLA graduate, Talia Little 

honors courses

IVLA’s Honors courses offer the same curriculum as regular courses but are designed for high achieving and independent students. Honors courses cover the same topics, but in greater depth. These courses require students to achieve a higher level of critical thinking. IVLA offers more than 30 honors course subjects, from Honors Algebra 1 to Honors Physics. Honors courses are more rigorous than standard level courses and require extra effort in terms of course work and studying. Honors courses are weighted an additional 0.5 quality points in a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation. For example, an A will be awarded 4.5 quality points instead of the 4.0 quality points awarded for a standard course. Students tend to spend 1-2 extra hours per week on honors courses as compared to standard courses.

AP® Courses

IVLA’s AP® courses are college-level courses that are available to IVLA’s eligible part-time and full-time high school students in grades 9-12. Certified by the College Board, AP® courses cover a range of information, abilities, and assignments found in college courses. Students enrolled in AP® courses have the opportunity to earn college credit by passing the AP® exam (the AP® exam is optional, students are not required to take the AP® exam to earn High School credit at IVLA for AP® courses completed). AP® courses prepare students to take the AP® exams and whether they earn college credit will be determined by each individual college, based on the student’s AP® exam score. 

There are 38 AP® subjects ranging from Computer Science to Spanish Language & Culture. These courses provide students the opportunity to study and learn at a collegiate level. These courses are fast paced, cover more material in more depth, require more reading, have higher expectations, and require independent work such as research and analysis. AP® courses will be weighted an additional 1.0 quality point in a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation. For example, an A will be awarded 5.0 quality points instead of 4.0 quality points awarded for a standard course. Students tend to spend 2 or more extra hours per week on AP® courses as compared to standard courses.
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IVLA student, Thoreson Sheppard
IVLA High School Student, Hannah Hoyle

Taking the AP Exam

The AP® exam is a standardized test created by the College Board that is typically taken in person. Once a student completes an AP® course they are eligible to take the AP® exam in person, or digitally with prior authorization by January, each May. The AP® exam is optional and students are not required to take it. However, students that choose not to take the AP® exam will not be eligible to receive college credit. AP® exams are scored from 1 to 5 and colleges typically require students to earn a score of 3 or higher to be awarded college credit.

IVLA students interested in taking the AP® exam will need to register directly with the College Board starting in January of each year. IVLA does not administer AP® exams. Students may also contact AP Services for Students at (888) 225-5427 (toll free in the United States and Canada) or (212) 632-1780 or at [email protected] to request contact information for local AP coordinators who can help facilitate their exam.

AP® & Honors FAQ

What is the difference between Honors or AP® courses and regular courses?
AP® and Honors courses require a higher level of critical thinking, more time, and outside independent research and resources. AP® and Honors courses can take more time than the regular course at IVLA.
Are honors and AP® courses weighted in a student’s GPA calculation?
AP® courses will be weighted an additional 1.0 quality point in a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.
   • For example, an A will be 5.0 quality points instead of 4.0
Honors courses will be weighted an additional 0.5 quality point in a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.
   • For example, an A will be 4.5 quality points instead of 4.0
Is there a cost difference between honors or AP® courses and regular courses?
Yes, there is an additional $125 cost for AP® or Honors 1.0 Credit Course and an additional $75 cost for AP or Honors 0.5 Credit Course.
What are the requirements for honors or AP® courses?
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Must have high academic performance and attendance standards
    • Must be of Good Disciplinary Standing
    • The ability to purchase additional materials that may be needed and are not included in the standard tuition cost.
    • Must adhere to IVLA’s attendance requirements and meet assignment deadlines. 
      Failure to maintain attendance and/or pacing requirements will result in the removal of the student from AP® and honors courses.

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