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Learning Power

Learning Power: South Dakota Online AP courses are available online at the South Dakota Virtual School on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Just the basics

  • Courses are offered free of charge. (Schools will cover cost of books.)
  • Courses are rigorous. Students need to be properly prepared.
  • Students must have the permission of their school to participate.
  • Courses are taught by qualified instructors.
  • Registration is through the South Dakota Virtual School.

What you need to know

Essential information: Students and parents

Essential information: School officials

Who is behind Learning Power

Learning Power is funded by a grant from the National Math and Science Initiative through support from Exxon-Mobil. It is led by the South Dakota Collaborative for Advanced Placement whose members represent the following:

  • Office of the Governor
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • South Dakota Virtual School
  • Technology and Innovation in Education
  • South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Northern State University E-learning Center
  • Black Hills State University Center for Advancement of Mathematics and Science
  • South Dakota Science and Technology Authority/Sanford Laboratory
  • South Dakota Board of Regents
  • School Administrators of South Dakota
  • South Dakota Community Foundation
  • Citibank
  • National Board Certified Teachers

For more information

As questions arie, Dr. Jim Parry, Learning Power program director, MaryLou McGirr, Learning Power program coordinator, and Mary Cundy, Principal of the E-learning Center, NSU, are available to answer questions.

Learning Power Learning Power AP Courses

The seven courses listed below are Learning Power AP courses. They are marked with the Learning Power red leaf throughout the Virtual School website.

Learning Power AP Calculus AB
Learning Power AP English Literature & Composition
Learning Power AP English Language & Composition
Learning Power AP Biology
Learning Power AP Physics B
Learning Power AP Statistics
Learning Power AP Chemistry

To access descriptions of these courses, click on the "Courses" tab above and search accordingly.

Download the AP course prerequisites.