I have absolutely no teaching experience with AP, and as a parent, I had what I believed was a negative experience at the time. My son took an AP US History class 10 years ago, and the teacher only covered up until the 1880’s. He told the kids they could read the next 100+ years of history on their own. Not knowing how AP works, I found it peculiar that the teacher did not think his lessons/lectures on those years were necessary for the kids to pass the test. My son passed with a 3, but I wonder if he would have done better with more teacher input. I am curious about how one goes about teaching AP classes. Is the class mostly teacher-guided or more independent study? Is it more work for you than teaching an honors class? Do you have to “teach to the test” for students to be successful? Finally, is it more like teaching a college course (lecture/note-taking based) than a high school course? Any input would be appreciated.