AP (AdvancED Placement) Courses

The AdvancED Placement (AP) program gives students the opportunity to tackle college-level work while still in high school. This allows them to be better prepared for college and in some cases earn college credits once they pass the AP exam. Run by the College Board, AP gives students the academic skills they need in college, while providing more time to concentrate on the subjects that interest them.

What is AP?

At Horizon Private School – Branch we cultivate our students’ distinctive gifts, supporting them in their passage to adulthood by developing character, intelligence, physical and emotional wellbeing, and cultural awareness.

Within this context, we offer an extensive AP program, offering students the platform to study college-level work while still in high school. HPS-Br. is proud of how it meets the needs of every student, with teachers individualizing learning for those at all levels of accomplishment, including those with special needs. AP courses are a natural extension of this philosophy, giving our students the opportunity to explore what interests them most, which in turn helps them to discover and pursue a unique direction.

As an internationally focused American school in Abu Dhabi, HPS-Br. offers more than 10 different AP courses, giving students the academic skills they will need in college. The program also allows students to earn college credits if they pass the AP external exam.

What are the benefits of AP courses?

From the moment a student walks into an AP classroom he or she will become aware of the difference, as the subjects are studied in greater depth and detail, enabling students to take on the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding. By demonstrating their maturity and readiness for university while still in high school, students can achieve their college dreams.

The AP courses that we have offered so far are:

Calculus AB
Computer Science A
English Language and Composition
Human Geography

Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Physics C: Mechanics
World History

Partnerships and scholarships

Since it was founded in 2008, Horizon Private School – Branch has carried the torch for raising life-long learners armed with the skills needed to face the numerous challenges of living in the 21st century, and has aimed to build bridges to connect its students with other prestigious universities both within the UAE and abroad. One such effort culminated with partnering with the University of Balamand Dubai (UOBD), which is a prestigious university located in Dubai Investments Park (DIP) that is managed by the University of Balamand-UOB Lebanon.  

HPS-Br. and UOBD have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which includes offering several scholarships for distinguished students and mutual academic activities. This MOU will set forth a mutual future cooperation to ensure high quality of education.