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Earning College Credits

2018-19 VUSD Advanced Placement Courses

The following are courses currently offered to VUSD students:

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The AP Advantage

The College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the association is one of the world’s leading educational institutions dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. 

Taking Advanced Placement (AP®) courses demonstrates to college admission offices that students have sought out the most rigorous course work available to them. 

Each AP® course is modeled upon a comparable college course, and college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards. Each AP® course concludes with a college-level assessment developed and scored by college and university faculty as well as experienced AP teachers. AP® Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level course work. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States and universities in more than 60 countries recognize AP® in the admissions process and grant students credit, placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. 

Performing well on an AP® Exam means more than just the successful completion of a course; it is a gateway to success in college. Research consistently shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP® Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers. 

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2018 AP STATS

In the 2017-18 school year: 


800 VUSD students were enrolled in AP courses, exposing each student to the rigor of college level coursework

1,008 AP exams were taken

63% of exams scored 3 or higher, up from 57% the previous year

Earn College Credits With VECHS

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Vacaville Early College High School (VECHS) is a partnership between VUSD and Solano Community College that provides students with the opportunity to earn free transferable college credits while completing high school. A VECHS student can graduate high school with a diploma and a completed AA degree. This four-year academic program offered at Will C. Wood High School and Solano Community College focuses on career exploration and college readiness. Students are challenged to complete college courses for which they receive college credit, culminating in a high school diploma and up to 60 free and transferable college credits. Students may earn an Associate degree within the 4-year academic program as well.