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Non-Traditional Delivery Models

Alternatives to the typical AP course model

Schools seeking college-level opportunities for their students that fit within their curricular structure sometimes choose online AP courses or dual enrollment programs at local colleges. Both of these options should be researched thoroughly.

Online and distance learning providers

The College Board does not offer online or distance AP courses, nor does it endorse any single provider of these courses. Online or distance AP courses, however, may be viable options for students who would not otherwise have access to AP.

If your school's students take online AP courses through an online or distance learning course provider, such as a virtual school, those courses may only be listed as AP courses on students' transcripts if those providers have qualified through the AP Course Audit to label their courses "AP." Learn more about online/distance learning providers and the AP Course Audit.

Dual enrollment

Dual enrollment courses are developed by local colleges. Dual enrollment options provide an alternative to AP and when combined with AP can provide a powerful experience for students. However, because there is no external assessment (as with AP):

  • There is no way to verify the rigor and quality of the course.
  • Dual enrollment courses are not as widely recognized for credit/placement as AP courses.
  • Dual enrollment courses are less valuable indicators in the admissions process of a student's ability to succeed in college.

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