Advanced Coursework

The goal of the State Board of Education is that “all students will graduate from a rigorous, relevant academic program that equips them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to succeed in both post-secondary education and 21st Century careers and to be participating, engaged citizens.” (NC Board of Education, Standard Course of Study-016)

To provide rigor in schools, most public high schools in North Carolina offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, delivered either through face-to-face instruction or via NC Virtual Public School. Some public high schools also offer International Baccalaureate courses (IB), including the IB Diploma Programme. A few public high schools offer courses through Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).

On this site, you will find resources and information to support the continued development of rigor through advanced high school courses – Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

NC AP/IB/AICE Exam and Registration Fees Guidance

In summer 2014, with SL2013-360 section 8.27, the General Assembly modified 115C.83.4A to enhance access and encourage participation in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses by appropriating funds to pay for all AP and IB exams for public school or charter school students who are enrolled in the corresponding AP/IB courses.

In the summer of 2017, with SL2017-57 section 7.28, the General Assembly modified 115C-174.26A and SL2013-360 section 8.27 to include Cambridge International Education (CIE) AS-Level and A-Level courses as eligible advanced courses. This funding continues in the recurring budget.

Exam Fees Guidance, 2020-2021

AP/IB/CIE Teacher Legislated Bonus Payment Information

Based on recent NCGA legisltation, Session Law 2020-45, SB 818, the teacher performance bonus pay has been repurposed for the coming year. The $37.8 million will be used for the $350 bonus for all teachers in the upcoming year, instead of the AP/IB/AICE and CTE performance bonus pay. There will be no AP/IB/AICE and CTE credential bonuses for the 2019-2020 academic year to be paid in January 2021. 

SESSION LAW 2020-45, SB 818 (see Part 2)

Weighted GPA Points for AP and IB Courses

AP and IB courses are designed to enable students to earn high scores on the AP or IB test, potentially leading to college credit. These courses provide credit toward a high school diploma. These courses require an End of Course (EOC) test in cases where the AP/IB course is the first course taken by a student in a subject where an EOC is required by the NC accountability program. The state course weighting system awards the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in an AP/IB/CIE course. (SBE policy GRAD-009)

High School Transcript Standards

Advanced Courses Satisfying Graduation Requirements

As outlined in State Board of Education policy GRAD-008 and pursuant to state graduation requirements, several Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International Examination (CIE) courses satisfy North Carolina State Board of Education graduation requirements. See link below for a course listing.