Comparison of Partners in Education
and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
PIE instructors have a master’s degree and have been approved as adjunct university instructors at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. AP teachers do not have to meet such requirements.
AP courses are not college courses. The courses are high school courses with advanced content.
AP does not offer college credit – it offers students the opportunity to earn an exam score high enough to be awarded credit by a college or university. The AP curriculum may not reflect current college courses.
PIE course credit appears on an official UW-Whitewater transcript if a student receives a grade of “C” or better. There are not transcripts for AP classes.
Improved Rigor and Relevance
- Integrate improved literacy through rigorous and relevant content
- Provide a high-quality dual enrollment option
- Keep outstanding students on the high school campus
- Raise academic standards in the school
- Set yourself apart from other college applicants by demonstrating willingness to take challenging courses.
- Jump start your college career over students not taking PIE courses:
- Upon successful completion of PIE courses-you have the opportunity to register for classes early due to credit hours earned-allowing you to not only get the courses you want, but when you need them, in order to graduate on time.
- Opportunity to take college courses at half the regular UW tuition
- Participate in official UW-Whitewater courses which are: using the same syllabi, methods, content and materials as the courses taught on campus.
- Earn college credit which appears on an official UW-Whitewater transcript
- Be emerged in the pace, rigor, and curriculum of a university course-unlike Advanced Placement (AP) courses which simply offer high school courses with some advanced content.
- Credit is earned not just from one exam, rather the entire classroom experience-students are not taught for a single, high-stakes test
- Become familiar with the university registration process