Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement at Carmel High Schools (CHS) is a national program providing uniform curriculum that is administered through the College Board. When students score a 3 or higher on the standardized AP tests in May, they can receive college credit or course exemption at all Indiana accredited universities.

During the 2011-2012 school year, almost 1457 CHS students enrolled in at least one AP course, with over 80% scoring high enough to earn college credit. In 2012, Carmel Clay Schools was named to the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll for a third year in a row for their increased AP participation and strong performance. 

CHS students, who participated in the AP program, took 2431 AP exams and scored a 3, 4, or 5 and which resulted in 6045 college credit hours earned in high school. With college fees at approximately $400 a credit hour, this program offers students and their parents an estimated college savings of over $2,418,000!

CHS students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the rigorous curriculum of AP courses offered, not only for the potential financial savings, but because research shows:

  • AP students are more likely to complete their bachelor’s degrees on time
  • AP is an important factor in college admittance and scholarship decisions
  • AP students are far better prepared for serious academic work when entering college

Providing a sound educational foundation for our students and a head start in their college careers is an important role CHS plays in student’s lives.

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  • AP costs are about $85 per exam, but many math and science exams are covered by the State of Indiana and fees are reduced to about $8 per exam.


ACP: Advanced College Project

The Advanced College Project is a national program offered through Indiana University. CHS offers seven ACP courses in English, Chemistry, Calculus, Finite Math, and History that can earn students a total of 27 Indiana University college credit hours. Students pay a reduced tuition (approximately $86/credit hour) directly to Indiana University and earn credit at both CHS and IU.With college credits averaging at about $400 per credit, a student who took all seven ACP courses at Carmel High School could save $8478 in college expenses!

Students who do not plan to attend IU as a post-secondary school are encouraged to present their IU transcript to their selected university for possibly transfer credit. For more information about ACP, please visit

AP Courses Offered at CHS

There are over 30 AP courses offered at Carmel High School. 

  • Advanced Composition (ACP)
  • American Studies: US history/English Literature
  • Biology
  • Brief Survey of Calculus (ACP)
  • Calculus AB (ACP)
  • Calculus BC (ACP)
  • Chemistry (ACP)
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • Computer Science
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • Finite Mathematics (ACP)
  • French Language
  • Genres of Literature (ACP)
  • German Language
  • Human Geography
  • Japanese Language & Culture
  • Latin Vergil
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Studio Art
  • U. S. History (ACP)
  • U.S. Government & Politics
  • World History