Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Pre-AP Courses for Middle School

Pre-AP courses deliver grade-level–appropriate instruction through focused course frameworks, engaging instructional resources, and classroom assessments for understanding. They are designed to support all students across varying levels of abilities. They are not honors or advanced courses. Students learn more deeply by spending time on the topics and skills that matter most.

The Pre-AP Program’s objectives are to:

  • Offer every student access to a high quality education that prepares them for success in high school and beyond.
  • Provide educators with engaging, targeted course materials that help them ensure their students successfully master grade-level materials.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

NIVA American is one of a handful of international schools in Thailand that offers the US Advanced Placement (AP) courses that prepare students for the AP examinations administered by the American College Board. High AP scores may earn a student advanced standings or university credits at many colleges and universities in the United States.

AP scores come solely from the AP examinations taken in May. Students may take up to eight AP courses, depending on their schedule: One in grade 10 and seven in Grades 11 and 12.

Subject Areas


AP Physics 1

Learn about the foundational principles of physics as you explore Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate phenomena.


AP Biology

Study the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate natural phenomena.


AP Chemistry

Learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry including structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, and reactions. You’ll do hands-on lab investigations and use chemical calculations to solve problems.


AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science A is an introductory college-level computer science course. Students cultivate their understanding of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control structures.


AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing course that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge.


AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB is an introductory college-level calculus course. Students cultivate their understanding of differential and integral calculus through engaging with real-world problems represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and using definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions as they explore concepts like change, limits, and the analysis of functions.


AP Statistics

Learn about the major concepts and tools used for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. You’ll explore statistics through discussion and activities, and you'll design surveys and experiments.


AP Environmental Science

Students cultivate their understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world through inquiry-based lab investigations and field work as they explore concepts like the four Big Ideas; energy transfer, interactions between earth systems, interactions between different species and the environment, and sustainability.


AP Psychology

Explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion and you’ll analyze data from psychological research studies.


AP 2D Art & Design

AP 2-D Art and Design is an introductory college-level two-dimensional design course. Students refine and apply 2-D skills to ideas they develop throughout the course. The AP Art and Design course framework is composed of course skills, big ideas, essential questions and enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge.


AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography is an introductory college-level human geography course. Students cultivate their understanding of human geography through data and geographic analyses as they explore topics like patterns and spatial organization, human impacts and interactions with their environment, and spatial processes and societal changes.


AP Capstone

Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world.