• What is the Advanced Placement (AP) program?

     

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    AP courses are college-level courses that are offered during high school. These courses were created by university professors to reflect what is being taught in first-year college classes.  This is a great opportunity to possibly earn college credit by passing the AP test. 

    • Click here to see the AP Credit Policies at Oregon State University, Portland State University, Portland Community College and University of Oregon. 


    Who can take AP classes?
    AP classes are for students in grades 9 - 12.  They are NOT only for students with the best grades.  ANYONE who is confident, motivated and ready can enroll in AP classes.  

     

    What are the AP  exams?
    The Advanced Placement examinations allow high school students to demonstrate mastery of college-level course material and to even potentially earn college credit with qualifying exam scores.  AP tests measure students' mastery of knowledge and skills from AP courses such as:

     

     

    Each high school offers different AP classes, and AP course availability is often flexible. If you would like to see an additional class offered at a specific school, please get in touch with the counselor or AP coordinator.

     

    What are the benefits of AP classes?

    • AP lets students pursue college-level studies in high school.  They get the opportunity to earn college credit and/or placement into more challenging classes.

    • Taking AP courses shows the college admission officers that a student wants to take the most challenging courses available.  Having AP classes on a transcript can help tremendously with both college admissions and in receiving scholarships.

    • AP classes help students develop analytical abilties as well as communication, research and time-management skills.  

    • Students who score a 3 or higher are more likely to graduate college on time and can save time and money in college.

    • Even students who score below a 3 are still more likely to graduate college on time.  

      

    How many college credits can I earn?

    The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a 3 or higher considered mastery.  Students who receive test scores of 3 or higher can earn college credit and/or placement into more advanced classes depending on a college's policies. Depending on the number of tests passed, a student can save thousands of dollars in college tuition fees.   

    To find the credit policy of a specific university, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy.


    To see credit awarded in all of Oregon’s community colleges and Oregon University System, click here.   For more information, read the AP & IB Oregon State Credit Table.

     
    What if I want to know more about this program?

    Advanced Placement for Parents

    College Board: Videos about AP for Parents and Students

     

     

     

     



  • Click here for more information about 2022-23 AP Exams at PPS!

AP Testing Contacts

Dr. Kristina Granby
Assistant Director, 9-12 Core Academics (LA/SS)
Meredith Wilson
District AP Testing Coordinator
Advanced Placement Team
Jamie Suehiro
AP TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment)

AP School Coordinators