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Advanced Placement (AP) Program

18 Different Courses in Many Subject Areas

The American Overseas School of Rome was the first in Italy to offer the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board and it remains an integral part of our high school curriculum.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both — while still in high school.

The focus of the AP program is to connect students to college success and opportunity through the completion of challenging courses that bring the college experience to the High School classes. AP courses help develop skills and knowledge and introduce students to new possibilities in college majors and in career options. Qualities like Curiosity, Creativity, and Commitment are the key ingredients for success in AP.

At AOSR, we offer 18 different courses in many subject areas: Languages, Sciences, Mathematics, History and Social Sciences. AP exams are taken at the end of the preparatory course and are graded on a 1 - 5 scale with the passing grade being a 3.

Students in the AP Program

The Advanced Placement program offers a number of challenging courses that all students at the American Overseas School of Rome have access to, based on their academic performance, interest, and teacher recommendations.

In order to take an AP course, a student must be in 10th grade and must first take a prerequisite introductory course in the given subject matter.

Meet the AP / IB Coordinator

AP Courses at AOSR

  • English Literature and Composition
  • English Language and Composition
  • European History
  • United States History
  • Government and Comparative Politics
  • Economics
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Psychology
  • Art History
  • Spanish Language
  • French Language
  • Italian Language

The AP Italian Language and Culture exam is taken by all interested AOSR students after completion of Italian 3N or a higher level Italian class. Preparation to take the Italian Language and Culture exam is included in these courses. Teacher recommendation is a key factor to determine when the student should take the Italian Language and Culture exam.

More information about AP courses at AOSR and course requirements can be found in the:

There is no limit to the number of AP courses and exams a student may take in high school, but AP courses are not required.

AP International Diploma

The Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized certificate for students with an international outlook.

The APID challenges a student to display exceptional achievement on AP Exams across several disciplines.

Universities worldwide utilize the APID in admissions. Students may search AP International Recognition for universities outside the U.S. that acknowledge AP achievement.

The APID is available to students attending secondary schools outside the United States and for U.S. resident students applying to universities outside the country. The APID is not a substitute for a high school diploma, but rather provides additional certification of outstanding academic excellence.

To earn an APID, a student must earn a grade of three or higher on at least five AP Exams in the following content areas:

  • Two AP Exams from two different languages selected from English and/or world languages.
  • One AP Exam designated as offering a global perspective.
  • One AP exam from the sciences or mathematics content areas.
  • One (or two) additional AP exam(s) from among any content areas except English and world languages.

Students, parents, and educators with questions about the APID may contact: apintl@collegeboard.org

For extensive information on the AP International Diploma, please visit the official APID page.

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