VIS is authorized by the College Board to provide AP (Advanced Placement) courses. The following article is from the official College Board website. The below will let us know how to take your high school classes to the next level
VIS 為美國大學理事會（College Board）正式認證學校，經授權可開授AP課程。以下文章出自於美國大學理事會 College Board 官網，提供中文翻譯給學生家長參考，讓我們一同來看看如何從高中接軌世界頂尖大學
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How to Take Your High School Classes to the Next Level
Taking challenging classes in high school is a great way to build new skills. And it will serve you well when you get to college, because you’ll be more prepared for the work. In a recent survey of college freshmen, more than half of the students surveyed said that they wish they had worked harder in high school.
Challenging classes, such as honors and college-level courses, also help you get into college: They are exactly what admission officers like to see on applications.
Honors and college-level courses are valuable for other reasons too. In the survey mentioned above, most of the students who took college-level courses as part of the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs said that these classes were more worthwhile and more interesting than others.
菁英計畫課程、大學程度的先修課程也有別的重要價值，前段提到的大學新鮮人調查中，調查對象若有選修大學先修 AP 課程（Advanced Placement）或是國際文憑 （International Baccalaureate）課程，都表示這些課程比起別的課程更有價值也更有趣。
Experience a Different Approach
Honors and college-level courses differ from regular classes in various ways. Here is a brief overview of some of the classes that may be available to you:
- Honors classes usually cover similar material as regular classes but at a faster pace or more deeply than regular classes
- The College Board’s AP Program offers college-level classes that help students develop and apply skills such as reading critically, solving problems analytically and writing clearly. There are more than 30 classes available.
- The IB program offers college-level classes that stress developing your thinking skills and an awareness of global issues.
- You may be able to take college courses while still in high school, either at your school or on a college campus.
- 美國大學理事會的先修課程（ AP Program ）提供許多大學程度課程，可以幫助學生發展批判性閱讀、分析式解決問題、清晰寫作技巧等等。有超過 30 堂課程可以選擇。
- 國際文憑課程（ IB program）則提供大學程度的課程，強調思考技巧以及培養全球性問題的意識。
Find Your Passion
Courses like these can introduce you to topics and ideas that are not covered in the regular classroom. For example, AP courses include Chinese Language and Culture, Environmental Science, and Psychology. This range of subjects allows you to explore your interests and develop new passions. You may even discover the subject that will become your college major or the focus of your career.
Build Important Skills
Honors and college-level courses can help you learn the skills and habits you'll need for success in college and beyond. They will allow you to develop:
- Stronger writing skills
- Problem-solving abilities
- Time-management skills
- Good study habits
Prepare for College
Showing that you're willing to push yourself by taking rigorous classes in high school can help when you're applying to college. In fact, the level of courses you take now is one of the first things colleges look at.
In addition, college courses, IB classes and exams, and AP Exams may lead to college credit and advanced placement in college. This means you may be able to skip some basic college courses and move directly into interesting advanced classes. This also may allow you to free up enough time to pursue a double major or to study abroad.
Take the Plunge
Once you've decided to challenge yourself with honors or college-level courses, talk with your school counselor, a teacher or the school principal. He or she can help you get information about a course's workload, any preparation you might need and the way to sign up for this type of class.
If you would like to discuss college options further, please make an appointment with our college counselor Rosalyn Shih ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to find out more.
如果VIS同學們想進一步討論如何選擇海外的大學，請與VIS的升學顧問 Miss Rosalyn Shih ( email@example.com ) 預約晤談以了解更多資訊。