Making Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Courses Accessible to All Students 

Data show a strong correlation between participation in Advanced Placement courses and student success in college. By ensuring all South Dakota high school students have access to AP courses, we will help our young people build strong foundations for their future careers.

Purpose of the Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Program: Prepare students for achievement in both post-secondary education and their careers.

Goals
  1. Expand participation in South Dakota virtual school AP courses.
     
  2. Reinstate financial aid for schools that cannot provide AP opportunities.
     
  3. Create additional dual credit programs at both the technical institutes and Board of Regents universities.

Advanced Placement courses allow high school students to study college-level material while still in high school. Furthermore, many colleges and universities regularly grant college credit to students who score high on Advanced Placement exams, enabling them to move on more quickly to higher level courses. In this way, Advanced Placement courses give high school students the opportunity to jump-start their college education while developing the study skills and habits needed to succeed in college.

With fewer students and smaller faculties, it is often difficult for our smaller schools to offer in-classroom Advanced Placement courses. Now, through the South Dakota Virtual School, students will have an opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses remotely, regardless of where they live. Because Advanced Placement courses offered through the South Dakota Virtual School are more costly than traditional high school classes, South Dakota WINS will provide financial assistance to schools otherwise unable to offer in-classroom AP courses.