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Graduation Guidelines - Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement (AP)
The AP, or Advanced Placement, Program currently offers 38 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course. AP courses are taught by highly qualified high school teachers.
The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level. Students have the choice of taking the AP Exam or opting out.
Colorado districts choose which AP exams will fulfill the graduation guidelines option.
AP currently offers courses in multiple subject areas that include Capstone Research and Seminar, English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, psychology, U.S. and world history, government and politics, world languages, studio art, and music.
Why This Option
In Colorado more than 53,000 students took 91,000 AP exams in May 2019. The program is accessible to many students, and the number of students taking AP exams is growing.
Some colleges, including all state institutions in Colorado pursuant to Colorado Commission on Higher Education policy, offer credit based on a student's Advanced Placement exam score.
If your district or high school does not offer AP classes, consider:
- Accessing professional development opportunities for future AP teachers, including AP Workshops - by College Board. There are scholarships.
If your high school does offer AP programs, consider researching best practices and resources:
- On the College Board website - for AP coordinators, teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and parents
- Access Pacing Guides and other supports on the College Board Website.
There is a cost for each AP exam. Districts can apply for all or a portion of the exam fees for eligible students through the Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Grant Program.