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Advanced Coursework

Pre-AP and Honors level courses are designed for students who are motivated within a particular academic discipline. These courses are designed to develop the study skills, rigor, and academic knowledge necessary to succeed in Advanced Placement courses. 

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide rigorous college preparatory coursework in the major subject areas. The AP Program was developed by the College Board and offers students a rigorous, fast-paced syllabus geared towards advanced learners. Students may also opt to sit for the AP Exams in May. 

Academy Programs

St. Mary's County Public Schools offers four unique Academy Programs designed to meet the needs of advanced learners who desire more specialized instruction in a particular discipline. More detailed information on the Academy Programs can be found at

  • Academy of Global and International Studies (GIS)
  • National Academy of Finance (NAOF)
  • The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy (STEM)