Advanced Placement (AP) and Katy Advanced Program (KAP)

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    The Advanced Placement (AP) Program

    Katy ISD offers Advanced Placement courses to high school students who are ready to engage in college-level course content and rigorous academics. Courses are available in English, social studies, computer science, mathematics, science, world languages, music theory and art.

    AP and KAP courses are open to all students with the prerequisite coursework who wish to take on the additional challenge of advanced academics. AP and AP/GT courses concentrate on providing students with rigorous college-level academic instruction by a College Board authorized AP teacher while preparing students for the AP exam associated with the course. A score of 3 or better on an AP exam is often accepted for college credit at a number of universities across the nation.

    Katy Advanced Program (KAP)

    Beginning in grade 6, Katy ISD offers KAP courses in language arts, social studies, science and mathematics. Additional options are available in languages other than English, beginning with level III. The KAP curricula for these courses are built on the core academic curriculum and are aligned with AP course descriptions generated by College Board.  

    The goals of KAP are to:

    • help students develop academic skills needed for success in AP
    • provide an opportunity for students to engage in appropriately challenging coursework in a low-risk environment
    • explose students to critical thinking and reasoning tasks intended to build academic stamina (productive struggle)

    In Katy ISD, students who start on the advanced academics track (KAP) as 6th graders are more likely to remain in advanced academics courses throughout high school. 

     All students are encouraged to attempt at least one KAP course in 6th grade.