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Advanced Placement (AP), Honors (H) and Accelerated (Acc)

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Advanced Placement (AP), Honors (H) and Accelerated (Acc) courses allow students the opportunity to take the most rigorous courses available in preparation for collegiate studies.  Learn about the differences between these advanced levels as well as courses that require a contract and/or summer work by viewing the chart below.

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P, Acc, H, AP:  What's the Difference?

 

  College Prep
(P)
Accelerated

(Acc)
Honors

(H)
Advanced Placement
(AP)
Community College Concurrent Enrollment
Qualifies for A-G credit Yes Yes Yes Yes Usually Yes if IGETC
Offered in grades 9, 10, 11, 12 9, 10 10, 11, 12 10, 11, 12 9, 10, 11, 12
Weighted?
(extra GPA point awarded for C or better)
No No Yes Yes Yes if IGETC
College credit awarded at most colleges for passing AP exam in May with 3+ n/a n/a n/a Yes Usually Yes
Summer work required (please see below) No Sometimes Sometimes Usually No
Contract required No Sometimes Sometimes Yes view forms

AP Books
 

AP Students

Who to Contact


Alisa Hillberg (Parsons)
HHS AP Coordinator
ext. 61217
aparsons@husd.us

Paul Gonsalves
Counselor
HHS Testing Support Coordinator
ext. 61142
pgonsalves@husd.us
 

AP Payments 2022-2023

Exam fees (prices were reduced this year due to a grant from the district)

  • Standard Price: $60 per exam
  • Fee Reduction Price*: $30 per exam exam 

*The Fee Reduction Price applies to students who have submitted applications and qualified for the Free-Reduced Lunch program, which provides fee reductions for college applications, college testing (ACT, SAT, AP).

 

Payments for the AP exam will be taken at the online or at the ASB window starting in February. 

 

Deadline for payment will be Friday March 3, 2023

 

Deadline for registration via AP Classroom Monday, November 14

Students not enrolled in an AP class who want to take an AP exam must check in with Ms Parsons before this deadline. 

 

Cancellation of Test: There will be a $40 per exam cancellation fee for students who drop their AP class after November 14. This fee is the same for all students regardless if they qualify for a fee reduction.

 

Fundraising for AP exams begins in November. Please see Ms Hillberg in A-26 if you need help paying for your AP exams. 

Benefits of AP

  • AP helps to develop the study skills and self-discipline needed for university-level success

  • Receive college credit for passing the test with a 3 or higher allowing you to skip the course in college

  • Complete college in a shorter period of time with decreased overall tuition 

  • Build a strong foundation for college success 

  • Improve study habits and learn how to meet college expectations before getting there 

  • Study in greater depth, breadth, and complexity 

  • Improve chances of attending college of choice with an impressive transcript 

  • Receive “weighted GPA point” for a C or better (C=3.0, B=4.0, A-5.0)

  • Receive intellectual stimulation and challenge  

  • Collaborate with other motivated students 

  • Increase self confidence and aptitude levels 

 

Concerns of Potential AP Students

  • "I'm not sure how well I would do in an AP course or on an AP exam. What if I don’t do well on the AP Exam?” 

    • You risk nothing by taking the AP Exam since you determine which colleges, if any, will receive your grade. Like any other class, if you work hard in the course, you will learn a lot about the subject and yourself as a student. The benefits of the AP experience far outweigh any challenges. It is expected that AP students take the AP exam.

 

  • “Why do all that work when I can take an easier course and get a better grade?” 

    • AP courses are “weighted” on a five point scale so taking the chance on AP does not hurt one’s GPA if you pass the course. If you plan to attend college, you have to take rigorous courses. College admissions officers look at the difficulty of courses more than they look at GPAs.  Over 90% of the colleges and universities in the United States and Canada take part in the AP Program. The vast majority of more than 3,000 colleges and universities that receive AP grades grant credit and/or advanced placement.  Each college decides which AP exam grades it will accept for credit and/or advanced placement. Most institutions accept grades of 3 and above.


 

Learn More

apcentral.collegeboard.com

HUSD Course Catalog

HUSD Programming Webpage

HHS AP Webpage