Course Levels

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College Preparatory Courses (CP)
College Preparatory courses are designed to provide a rigorous curriculum aligned with state standards and connected to the student’s major. These classes prepare a student for a variety of post-secondary experiences including higher education and/or the workforce.

Honors Courses (H)
Instruction in honors courses differs from CP courses in terms of depth of content studied and the pace at which instruction is delivered. Honors courses are designed to challenge students who are considering applying to highly competitive colleges and universities. Students enrolled in these courses are expected to utilize independent learning and study skills, and complete additional projects presented by the instructor.

Advanced Placement Courses (AP)
Advanced Placement courses are designed to challenge students who demonstrate a consistent record of outstanding academic achievement. Rich course material, vibrant classroom discussions and demanding assignments help these students develop content mastery and critical thinking skills expected of college students.

The College Board (accredited organizer of AP curriculum and exams) audits all AP curriculum offered at William Penn High School. The College Board also develops and scores all AP examinations for each course. In addition to content, AP courses focus on preparation for these College Board AP Tests. Successful completion of the course and AP exam translates into college credits for our students. Further information about College Board can be found at

The Colonial School District shares the expense of AP exams; however, an agreement is drafted among the student, parent, and instructor at the beginning of each course to ensure a genuine commitment to the course and process. William Penn offers a wide variety of AP courses:

AP Studio Art

AP Calculus AB

AP English Language and Composition

AP Calculus BC

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Computer Science

AP Comparative Government & Politics

AP Statistics

AP Human Geography

AP Biology

AP Macroeconomics

AP Chemistry

AP Microeconomics

AP Environmental Science

AP Psychology

AP Physics 1

AP United States History

AP Physics 2

AP World History

AP Physics C: Mechanics

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP French Language & Culture

* Additional AP Courses are offered through our online learning center (Florida Virtual School).