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Online Advanced Placement® Courses

Online High School Advanced Placement® Courses


Advanced Placement® courses are college-level courses that students can take for high school credit in lieu of their regular high school subjects; for example, a student can take AP Literature & Language instead of 12th grade English.  AP® courses are more difficult and require a significant amount more of reading and assignments than a regular high school course, so only students who are determined to take on the extra challenge should sign up for AP® courses.  The advantage of AP® courses is that if you score high enough on the course AP® exam, most colleges will give you college credit for the course, thus enabling you to enter college with some credits already out of the way -- and for a much cheaper amount than typical college tuition.

Full-time students at Sterling Academy can take the AP® courses we offer in lieu of the corresponding standard high school course.  If you are a full-time student at another school but your school does not offer these AP® courses, or they do but you'd like to take them online, you can enroll at Sterling Academy part-time and take the courses you wish. Since we are an accredited school, you can easily transfer the credit from these back to your high school.

While the coursework for AP® courses is done online, unlike other courses at Sterling Academy, which are 100% online, AP® courses also require the student to purchase a textbook.  Also, note that there is a $100 tuition surcharge for each full-year AP® course.

Sterling Academy currently offers the following AP® courses:

  • AP® English Language & Composition
  • AP® English Literature & Composition
  • AP® United States History
  • AP® Environmental Science


In addition to the above AP® courses, Sterling Academy also offers Honors courses. Honors courses are more challenging versions of our regular courses, with additional and more difficult assignments.  We offer the following Honors courses:

  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Honors Physical Science
  • Honors Earth/Space Science
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • Honors English 1
  • Honors English 2
  • Honors English 3
  • Honors English 4
  • Honors World History
  • Honors United States Government
  • Honors Economics

(Note: Honors courses, unlike AP® courses, do not require the purchase of a textbook; all course material is online. Also, there is no tuition surcharge as with AP® courses.)

AP® and Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this site. Each school's usage of AP® courses must be approved annually by the College Board.


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