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Advanced Placement & College Now

In AP and College Now courses, students will be challenged to work at a higher level, engage in intense discussion, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively. Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of AP and Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, students save money in tuition, have the ability to move into upper level courses, pursue a double major, or study abroad.

Advanced Placement Courses

AP courses are a set of curricula created by CollegeBoard to give students the opportunity to take college-level courses and, depending on the score a student receives on the exam, receive college credit.

While many schools offer Honors courses in addition to their standard curriculum, APs are becoming increasingly common because of the potential that comes with receiving top scores on the exams. Similar to Honors, AP courses count towards your weighted GPA, but unlike Honors, APs have a standardized exam at the end of the course. Depending on the score you receive (1-5), your goal university may offer you college credit which can set you up early for particular credit-related benefits. Thurston students can choose from the following AP courses:

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • AP Language & Composition
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics


College Now Courses

College Now allows currently enrolled Thurston students to earn Lane Community College credits for approved courses taken at THS, taught by our specifically qualified high school teachers. These credits are usually transferable to a 4-year university. Thurston students have access tot he following College Now courses:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Math 95
  • Math in Society 105 and 106
  • Precalculus 111 and 112 
  • Spanish 2, 3, and 4
  • Political Science
  • Writing 115, 121, and 122
  • Advanced Metals 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Advanced Technical Drafting
  • Architectural Drafting
  • CyberSecurity
  • Digital Applications
  • Game Design
  • Intro to Business
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Intro to Python
  • Marketing
  • Projects/Leadership Drafting 1 and 2
  • Teacher Cadet
  • Technical Drafting
  • Web Basics
  • Welding Technology


Contact your child’s counselor or call (541) 744-5156 for more details.