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. More information about AP courses at AOSR and course requirements can be found in the High School Program of Studies.

Meet the AP Coordinator

Ms. Belinda Fiochi

Ms. Belinda FiochiMrs. Belinda Fiochi joined AOSR in September 1982 and has since been an active member of the mathematics department who cares deeply and passionately about the school.

In her long tenure at AOSR, Mrs. Fiochi has taught mathematics at all levels in the secondary school, developed computer science curricula, headed committees to revise and review the mathematics programs offered, and served many years as chair of the mathematics department. For the past twenty years she has been the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) and the Advanced Placement (AP) programs coordinator.

Mrs. Fiochi feels strongly the need to be of service to the community and strives to continuously improve her ability to lead the AP and IB programs at AOSR. She considers herself a learner and attends frequent professional development opportunities, always staying informed to fulfill her role of pedagogical leader of the IB and AP faculty.

She feels it is a privilege to guide students through the many facets of these challenging academic programs and is proud to work in a school that offers the choice of the best-fit program for its students. She is always available to help families with updated and accurate information on both the AP and IB program regulations and their worldwide recognition policies.

Prior to AOSR, Mrs. Fiochi taught mathematics in Texas, and Honduras.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas - Pan American, and many certificates in Computer Science and Teaching Advanced Mathematics from several institutions including the American University of Paris and the National University of Honduras.

Contact the AP Coordinator

AP International Diploma

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.

Students in the AP Program

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.

AP Courses at AOSR

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.

Percorso AP Riconosciuto in Italia

Il Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) riconosce il diploma di High School di AOSR come titolo di studio valido per l’accesso ai corsi di laurea offerti nelle università italiane, purché includa tre esami AP.

Come indicato chiaramente nella sezione Titoli di Studio Utili per l'Immatricolazione - documento "Allegato 1" sul sito web Studenti Stranieri del Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR): “Possono essere immatricolati al primo anno accademico gli studenti in possesso del titolo di High School Diploma (HSD) che abbiano superato almeno tre “Advanced Placements” statunitensi (APs) con punteggio da 3 a 5, in tre materie diverse tra loro ed attinenti al corso di studio universitario per il quale venga richiesta l’iscrizione...”.

Leggi il documento per intero (paragrafo 4 - Titolo Statunitense per High School)

Percorso ad AOSR

Tutti gli studenti con cittadinanza non italiana, che dichiarino la loro intenzione di frequentare una università italiana, saranno tenuti a superare l’esame di Lingua Italiana AP.

Oltre al regolare percorso di High School, si consiglia un massimo di tre corsi AP per anno accademico negli ultimi due anni.

I seguenti corsi AP inclusi nella offerta formativa di AOSR, sono propedeutici alle facoltà qui sotto elencate e soddisfano il requisito posto dal MIUR di essere attinenti al corso di studio richiesto. Li proponiamo come esempio a puro titolo informativo.

Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Letteratura + Storia + Storia dell'Arte
Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia
Biologia + Chimica + Psicologia
Facoltà di Economia
Matematica + Economia + Storia
Facoltà di Scienze della Comunicazione
Letteratura + Storia dell'Arte + Statistica
Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Sociali e Internazionali
Governi Comparati + Storia + Economia
Facoltà di Psicologia
Psicologia + Statistica + Biologia
Facoltà di Ingegneria (tutti gli indirizzi)
Matematica + Fisica + Chimica
Facoltà di Scienze Naturali
Biologia + Chimica + Fisica

 

È raccomandato, anche se non obbligatorio, un esame in un’altra lingua europea oltre all’inglese e all’italiano.

L’offerta formativa di AOSR include corsi ed esami di AP in lingua spagnola e lingua francese.

Per ulteriori informazioni, si prega di contattare la coordinatrice del programma AP, Prof.ssa Belinda Fiochi, tramite posta elettronica all'indirizzo bfiochi@aosr.org