Advanced Placement Institute

Advanced Placement courses follow a rigorous college curriculum and offer the opportunity to earn college credits through their final exam in the spring. All of the Okaloosa County high schools are committed to offering a variety of top-notch AP courses for our students.

In order to be recognized as an AP Scholar, students must have taken at least six AP classes and exams, with an average score of 3.0 on the exams. They will also need 75 hours of community service, a grade point average of at least 3.0 and two “demonstrations of excellence” per year. Demonstrations of excellence must include at least one instance of recognition for academic work, such as a science fair project. The other demonstration may either be for academics or for an extracurricular activity, such as for varsity sports or band, etc.

In addition, the graduates will present and defend a 4000 - 6000 word research project in multi-media before the public and a panel of AP faculty members. The project will include an abstract, a thesis, an outline and documentation.

Students are paired with a mentor from the community, who will assist them during the researching and writing of the essay and presentation.

For more information, please contact Bobbie Bowen, AP Institute Coordinator at Fort Walton Beach High School: (850) 833-3300.