Advanced Placement


College-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses allow students to go further with their high school education. Students who take AP exams may earn college credit or advanced placement at many colleges and universities. Learn how students can save time and money by taking AP courses. For more information about AP, including tools and resources for students and families, click here to visit the College Board Advanced Placement website.

Simley High School offers one of the largest selections of AP courses in the local area. Students can challenge themselves with any combination of AP courses at Simley or dig deeper into topics of interest. Simley's offers the following AP courses:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB and BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • German
  • Human Geography
  • Macro Economics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • U.S. History

Why Take Advanced Placement Courses at Simley?

One of America's Top High Schools
Newsweek magazine ranks high schools across the nation by comparing the number of AP tests taken to the number of graduating seniors. The magazine has named Simley one of America's Top High Schools multiple times.

Dedicated Teachers
Teachers who volunteer to teach an AP course must go through rigorous summer training and stay current with the ever-changing college curriculum. This kind of commitment shows the dedication and enthusiasm that Simley teachers have for their students' academic success.

Districtwide Pre-Advanced Placement Strategies
As one of the most progressive school districts in Minnesota, Inver Grove Heights Schools implements Pre-Advanced Placement instructional strategies for all K-12 core areas. This program helps prepare all students, starting in kindergarten, for post-secondary education and the workforce.

"The program being developed in Inver Grove Heights is one that the College Board may want to use as a model," Arch Bryant, College Board social studies trainer, said.