The Accelerated and Advanced Placement programs provide a rigorous curriculum for students who select a more challenging course of study. Accelerated courses are designed to lay the foundations for AP courses. AP is a cooperative educational program between secondary schools and colleges/universities. AP courses use college curricula to prepare students for the AP exams. These exams are offered annually in May for a fee. Please see the High School AP Coordinator for more information. A student who earns a score of 3 or better on an AP exam will generally receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that give credit for AP exams. The Sioux Falls School District expects students to take the AP exam as part of the AP course.

Students can additionally benefit from taking AP courses by learning a subject in greater depth, developing skills that are critical to successful study in college, demonstrating to colleges their willingness to undertake a challenging course.