Advanced Placement, AP®
AP, or Advanced Placement, courses are rigorous, college-level courses taught at the high school level. Students are taught a rigorous curriculum with depth and breadth that follows the College Board required elements for each course. The purpose of the AP program is to enable students to be competitive with other students throughout the nation on challenging AP exams, which all AP students take in May. All AP classes provide a weighted grade based in a 5.0 A. Parents and student should review the College Board website for more details about AP.


AP Ambassadors

This group of young leaders is responsible for promoting equity within and access to our AP Program. AP Ambassadors engage in marketing and promotion activities, mentoring, and academic and emotional support for students who might not normally challenge themselves with an AP class. Our AP Ambassadors are current AP students from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, persistence, academic excellence and a strong work ethic. 

AP Night Presentation
AP Program information is presented on AP Night every year in February to prospective AP students and parents. View the PWPT at right that contains the topics and details are were covered.

What does rigorous mean?

  • Math problems requiring higher level thinking

  • Essays demonstrating the ability for developmental thinking

  • Exposure to diverse literature that challenges students to analyze and synthesize material

  • Assessments ask students to apply concepts learned rather than just recall facts

Why should students consider taking AP courses?

A study by the National Center for Educational Accountability showed students who earned a 3 or better on one or more AP Exams in the areas of English, mathematics, science, or social studies were more likely to graduate from college in five years or less compared to non-AP students, even after controlling for prior academic achievement and other student-level and school-level demographic characteristics. 


So, AP prepares students for the rigor they will get in college and helps them develop the skills they will need to be successful in college. Over 90% of 4-year colleges and universities provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores. Scores of 3, 4, or 5 can result in college credit, depending on college. Each university has a specific AP credit policy. These can be found on their websites and on the CollegeBoard web site.

What does it take to be successful in AP?

  • Desire to learn and be challenged

  • A strong interest in or passion for subject

  • Strong reading & writing skills

  • Time management & organizational skills

  • Efficiency/ability to be focused and get it done

  • “Do it on time” mentality (can't procrastinate)

  • Motivation & willingness to work hard

Summer Assignments
Some AP courses require students to complete an assignment over the summer in order to prepare for the rigor of AP level work. These assignments are included as part of the grading process and must be completed before the course begins. See the website links below for examples of those assignments.

AP Test Dates & Fees

The fee for each test is $100. Students with Free/Reduced Lunch status will only pay $5 for each exam. Exam Test dates can be found on the CollegeBoard web site at

Click HERE for course descriptions!

AP Course Syllabi

Freshman Year - (Syllabi)

  • Computer Science - Joe Gelaro

Sophomore Year - (Syllabi)

  • World History - Jim Rhoades 

  • Computer Science - Joe Gelaro

Junior Year - (Syllabi)

  • Biology – Betty Jensen

  • Calculus AB/BC – Chelsea Yoshinaga 

  • Environmental Science - Andrea Michlovitch-Clark  AP Environmental Science Website

  • U.S. History – Ron Richards

  • English Language & Composition – Jessica Bianco

  • Psychology - Derek Stephens

  • Spanish Language– Luis Cely 

  • Computer Science - Joe Gelaro

Senior Year - (Syllabi)

  • English Literature – Jennifer Koller

  • Microeconomics – Anthony Casto 

  • U.S. Government & Politics – Charles Tyler

  • Calculus AB/BC – Chelsea Yoshinaga

  • Psychology - Derek Stephens

  • Spanish Language – Luis Cely 

  • Computer Science - Joe Gelaro

  • Statistics - Tatjiana Thorson 

2020 AP Test Results