Bright students are often ready for subject material beyond what is typical for their grade, but it is not always feasible for small or rural schools to offer advanced classes. The Iowa Online AP® Academy (IOAPA) provides free access to nearly 30 online advanced courses for Iowa students who do not have access to these courses in their schools.

About the Program

Do you have a middle school student ready for Algebra II or a high school student capable of tackling college-level English? IOAPA classes include Advanced Placement® courses for high school students and high school-level courses for eligible middle school students. IOAPA students are typically talented and gifted students from rural schools, but any eligible Iowa student may register.

Schools are eligible to utilize a particular IOAPA course if they are unable to offer that course on-site. Courses are limited to six students per class at each school. For a full list of policies and requirements see our policy guide.

High school students should be able to handle the academic rigor of a college-level course, as well as the self-discipline and motivation necessary for an online course. Additionally, students should not be over-committed in their curricular and/or extracurricular activities. Review suggested prerequisites listed in the course catalog and use pre-tests for AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, and AP Statistics.

Middle school students are eligible if they 1) score at the 95th percentile or above on a grade-level test (e.g. Iowa Assessments) AND 2) score at the 50th percentile or higher on an above-level test (e.g., I-Excel for 4th-6th-graders or the ACT for 7th-9th-graders.) In other words, middle school students should be capable of handling coursework at the level of an average student two or three years older. They should also have or be capable of developing the self-discipline and motivation necessary for an online course. For detailed information about middle school student eligibility, see our middle school recommendations guide.

Fall 2019 Semester

  • Course Dates: August 26 – December 13, 2019
  • Enrollment Period: April 1 – August 15, 2019
  • Last day to drop without a fee: September 13, 2019

Spring 2020 Semester

  • Course Dates: January 6 – May 1, 2020
  • Enrollment Period: November 5 – December 5, 2019
  • Last day to drop without a fee: January 24, 2020

Course Catalog

Algebra I (Honors) (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Algebra I is a comprehensive course that provides an in-depth exploration of key algebraic concepts.

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Algebra II (Honors) (Middle School Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Algebra II builds on the concepts covered in Algebra I and prepares students for advanced-level courses.

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Biology (Honors) (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Biology is an in-depth course that furthers mastery of scientific skills, fosters a deep understanding of key concepts, and promotes the application of the scientific method to biological topics.

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Creative Writing (Grades 6-8 Only)

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1-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Creative Writing is an English elective course that focuses on the exploration of short fiction and poetry, culminating in a written portfolio that includes one revised short story and three to five polished poems.

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Environmental Science (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Environmental Science explores the biological, physical, and sociological principles related to the environment in which organisms live on Earth, the biosphere.

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Geometry (Honors) (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Geometry is a comprehensive course that provides an in-depth exploration of geometric concepts.

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Physical Science (Honors) (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Physical Science is a thorough course that provides students with an understanding of the nature and structure of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the societal implications of physical science concepts.

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Probability and Statistics (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Probability and Statistics provides a curriculum focused on understanding key data analysis and probabilistic concepts, calculations, and relevance to real-world applications. We recommend (but don't require) that students have access to a graphing calculator and have taken Algebra I before this class.

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Psychology (Grades 6-8 Only)

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1-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Psychology provides a solid overview of the field's major domains: methods, biopsychology, cognitive and developmental psychology, and variations in individual and group behavior.

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Spanish I (Honors) (Grades 6-8 Only)

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2-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

Spanish I covers the five Cs of the ACTFL standard: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

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U.S. History to the Civil War (Honors) (Grades 6-8 Only)

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1-Semester Course
Middle School
Course Content Provided by Apex

This course traces the nation's history from the pre-colonial period to the end of the American Civil War.

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AP Biology

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Biology builds students' understanding of biology on both the micro and macro scales.

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AP Calculus AB

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

In AP Calculus AB, students learn to understand change geometrically and visually, analytically, numerically, and verbally.

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AP Chemistry

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Chemistry builds students' understanding of the nature and reactivity of matter.

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AP Computer Science A (Java)

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Edhesive

Students will learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society, including art, media, and engineering. Please note that this class requires a bit more mentor involvement than some other classes. A computer science background is helpful but not required. Email IOAPA@belinblank.org to request enrollment in this class.

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AP Computer Science Principles

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Edhesive

AP Computer Science Principles asks students to explore the central ideas of computer science. Please note there is a recommended (not required) minimum of 2 students per school and that mentors lead/teach the majority of this class offline. Mentors should be qualified to do so; a computer science background is recommended. Email IOAPA@belinblank.org to request enrollment in this class.

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AP English Language and Composition

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

In AP English Language and Composition, students investigate rhetoric and its impact on culture through analysis of notable fiction and nonfiction texts, from pamphlets to speeches to personal essays.

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AP English Literature and Composition

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP English Literature and Composition immerses students in novels, plays, poems, and short stories from various periods.

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AP Environmental Science

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students perform hands-on and virtual labs and projects.

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AP Macroeconomics

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1-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Macroeconomics students learn why and how the world economy can change from month to month, how to identify trends in our economy, and how to use those trends to develop performance measures and predictors of economic growth or decline.

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AP Microeconomics

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1-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Microeconomics studies the behavior of individuals and businesses as they exchange goods and services in the marketplace.

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AP Psychology

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1-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Psychology provides an overview of current psychological research methods and theories.

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AP Spanish

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Spanish Language students practice perfecting their Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

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AP Statistics

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP Statistics gives students hands-on experience collecting, analyzing, graphing, and interpreting real-world data.

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AP U.S. Government

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1-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

AP U.S. Government and Politics studies the operations and structure of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians.

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AP U.S. History

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2-Semester Course
High School
Course Content Provided by Apex

In AP U.S. History, students investigate the development of American economics, politics, and culture through historical analysis grounded in primary sources, research, and writing.

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Being Successful

Taking advanced coursework is an exciting opportunity. Planning ahead and making an honest assessment of the amount of time you are prepared to spend on your IOAPA courses will help you be successful. Here are some resources that may help students, mentors, and schools have a more effective experience.

How to Register

Registration is a 3-step process:

1. Register your school with IOAPA and assign a site coordinator and mentor

The first step is for principals to register their schools on our website (below). As part of this step, schools agree to program requirements and assign a site coordinator and a mentor. Be sure to fill out and send in the Mentor Designation Form for this school year (also available in Appendix A of the Mentor Handbook). This form is what enables mentors to receive a stipend.

For spring semester courses, if a school has already registered during the current academic year: Schools that have already registered for the current academic year will be redirected to step 2 (student nomination).

2. Nominate the student taking IOAPA course(s)

Completing the school registration page sends the principal an automated email with a link in it to nominate the student. The principal either needs to complete the nomination or forward the link to the site coordinator or mentor to complete.

3. Confirm that the student has self-enrolled in the course

Once the student has been nominated, an email will be automatically sent to the student to enroll himself/herself in the actual course. Be sure to have students check their junk mail folders, as the automated emails sometimes get filtered there. Students should complete this step and be sure to click submit when they’re done.

After You've Registered

Once you have registered with the Iowa Online AP Academy, be sure to complete all of the College Board requirements, as well. Then, make sure you have all the materials you'll need and familiarize yourself with using the courses.

College Board Requirements for Schools

  1. Register your school with the College Board.
  2. Encourage high school students to take the AP exam, and order all AP Exams. For courses that begin before November 15, the deadline to order is November 15. For courses that begin after November 15, the deadline to order is March 13. Please note that these deadlines are different from previous years.
  3. Complete the AP Course Audit process for Online/Distance Learning courses by January 31 in order to be able to label courses as "AP" on students' transcripts.

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