QSI Shenzhen offers College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program. Unlike the IB Diploma Programme, the AP program is an a la carte approach, where students who are qualified and ready can choose to take university-level classes in certain subjects. AP courses are taught over one year, with a final exam in May. AP courses are university-level both in content and pacing, so students who choose the challenge of AP should be prepared to work at a brisk pace and perform at the same level as a college student.

QSI encourages all students who are prepared to do so to take one or more AP courses in their Secondary I and II years, even if they choose to begin the IB Diploma Programme in their Secondary III and IV years. Taking an AP class is challenging, and shows universities that a student can work at a university level at an early age. AP courses also prepare students for certain IB courses.

AP courses are typically recognized by American universities, but universities worldwide acknowledge the AP program as one of rigor and challenge.

AP courses offered at QSI Shenzhen (2021):

AP Human Geography

AP World History

AP Psychology

AP U.S. History (online through QSI Virtual School)

AP Macroeconomics (online through QSI Virtual School)

AP Literature and Composition

AP Language & Composition

AP Chemistry

AP Physics

AP Environmental Science

AP Calculus AB

AP Statistics

AP Computer Science

AP Chinese

AP Studio Art