Too much thrust even on minimum throttle

I have just assembled my first quadcopter roughly in order to test the components. I am using ardupilot APM as my flight controller. The major problem I am facing is that even if I give the slightest of input on the throttle, the drone just flies suddenly to a super high altitude and becomes really hard to control. Is there a way that I can give just enough throttle to make the drone rise about 6-8 feet so that I can learn to control it without damaging it a lot?
I would really appreciate any help whatsoever.
Thank You


I suppose the obvious questions would be

Have you calibrated the ESC’s to your radio.

What motor, prop and ESC’s are you using.