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Teaching and Learning at the High School

Advanced Placement Program

HKIS's High School AP Philosophy

As with all courses in the high school, the primary goal we have for our students is to provide opportunities that stimulate self-motivated learning, respect and responsibility and collaboration. Advanced Placement (AP) courses extend these opportunities by providing rigorous, college-level courses for students with a high level of motivation and a deep passion for learning. We believe that any student who is motivated to take on this level of challenge should have the opportunity to take AP courses providing course prerequisites and/or teacher recommendations have been met. Please click here to download our full AP Philosophy document for more information.

HKIS's AP Policies
  • Students in Grade 10 are counseled to take a maximum of one AP credit while students in Grades 11 and 12 may take up to three (3) AP credits in an academic year. Any exceptions would come through a counselor to the Associate Principal for Teaching & Learning.
  • All students enrolled in an AP course must take the associated AP Exam in May.
  • A student may take an AP Exam even if not enrolled in the course at HKIS.
  • A student who receives a “1” on an AP Exam will be required to meet with their counselor, the Associate Principal for Teaching & Learning and possibly the AP instructor to be considered for enrolment in any other AP course.
Why should I take AP?
  • More than 90% of 4-year colleges and universities in the US grant advanced placement, credit, or both for successful scores on AP exams, and 85% of selective institutions report that a student's AP experience favourably impacts admissions decisions.
  • AP is recognized by more than 3,600 universities worldwide.
  • More than 600 universities in over 55 countries outside the US recognise AP.
The Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)*

The 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.

*Source: The College Board, AP: A World Class Experience. 2009


The AP designation for an HKIS course indicates that an external exam at the end of the year will be taken.

AP Pass Rates at HKIS

60% of HKIS students took 1293 exams covering 27 subjects in May 2019. All students enrolled in an AP course are required to sit for the exam.

95% of our students received 3, 4 or 5 on one or more exams

Overview 2019 AP Results