Advanced Placement Information

Advanced Placement Courses

AP Exam Updates as of October 22, 2020

The Advanced Placement (AP) testing program for the 2020-2021 school year has been modified to allow for the maximum flexibility when registering for exams. Students and teachers are navigating the change to the 4x4 block schedule while dealing with the uncertainty of the health and safety for spring testing. The changes below will hopefully help students feel comfortable registering for exams and demonstrating their knowledge.

 

Last school year, CollegeBoard implemented an emergency at home testing option. CollegeBoard is currently not planning to offer an at home option and is expecting students to test in person with health and safety protocols. Due to social distancing requirements, some exams may be administered off campus. Test site details will be shared as we approach the May test windows.

 

Critical Changes and Rationale for the 2020-2021 School Year:

  • All students in an AP class will be defaulted to “Yes” for taking the exam
    • CollegeBoard is waiving cancellation fees. This allows a student to decide up until the test date to not take the exam. Only students who take the exam will need to pay the exam fee.
    • Students who select “No” for taking the exam and then decide to change to “Yes”, will be charged a $40 late registration fee. The fee only applies after the Nov 13th deadline for first semester courses and the March 12th deadline for second semester courses.
  • Payments for the exams will not be requested until 2021. Any student who does not pay by April 16th 2021 will not be able to sit for the exam.  The cost of the exam is
    $95.00 per exam or $15 per exam if the student qualifies for a fee waiver.

 

AP Program Outline for Centennial High School

  • First Semester AP Courses
    • Sept-Oct: Students register for AP Portal using the join codes that AP teachers provide to students.  EVERY student must be in the AP Portal by November 13th regardless of whether they plan to take the exam.
    • Jan: Students/families complete a Google Form to register for taking the exam.
    • Feb-Apr: Students will submit their Google Form and payment.
    • Apr 16: Last day to submit payment to participate in May testing.
    • May 3-14: AP Exams
  • Second Semester AP Courses
    • Feb: Students register for AP Portal using the join codes that AP teachers provide to students.  EVERY student must be in the AP Portal by March 12th.
    • By Mar 12: Students/families complete a Google Form to register for taking the exam.
      Note: Form will be sent second semester.
    • Mar-Apr: Students will submit their Google Form and payment.
    • Apr 16: Last day to submit payment to participate in May testing.
    • May 3-14: AP Exams
  • Self Study/Exam Only Students
    Students who are independent/self-study students who want to take an exam for a course in which they’re not enrolled need to:
    • Email Mrs. Covington (acovington@hcss.org) to notify the AP Coordinator that they would like to take a specific exam for a course that they are not enrolled.
    • Due to the steps needed within the AP Portal, the deadline for exam only requests is November 9th.
    • They will then follow the deadline outlined above for Semester 1 students. 

Please direct questions to our AP Coordinator:  andrea_covington@hcpss.org

 

Advanced Placement Overview

The AP Program currently offers more than 30 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 who use the AP Course Descriptions to guide them. The Course Description for each discipline outlines the course content, describes the curricular goals of the subject, and provides sample examination questions. While the Course Descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP Exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented.

Centennial High School is proud to offer a wide range of AP courses to students in all 4 grade levels. Students interested in taking AP courses should look at the Course Catalog for options or speak with their Guidance Counselor. On this page, students and parents can find information about Advanced Placement Courses offered by College Board and taught at CHS.

College Board: Helpful Links

Reasons to take Advanced Placement Courses

Stand out in College Admissions

College application season can be an anxious time for you, your family and just about everyone who cares about you. You’ve worked hard and done your best, but how do you know you’ve got the academic experience that colleges are looking for?

· By making the decision to take an AP course, you’re letting colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. AP courses signal to admissions officers that you’ve undertaken the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer. They see that you’ve challenged yourself with college-level course work and expectations, and have refined your skills to meet these expectations. In the increasingly competitive admissions process, this knowledge can be very valuable.

· AP courses offer admissions officers a consistent measure of course rigor across high schools, districts, states and countries — because all AP teachers, no matter where they’re teaching, have to provide a curriculum that meets college standards. So when admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they have a good understanding of what you experienced in a particular class and how well it prepared you for the increased challenges of college.

Courses Offered

· Art III: Portfolio Development - AP

· Art IV: Personal Dir in Art Studio - AP

· Art History

· Biology

· Calculus AB

· Calculus C/Multivariate Calculus

· Chemistry

· Chinese IV - AP Chinese Lang & Culture

· Comparative Government & Politics

· Computer Science III

· English 11

· English 12

· Environmental Science

· European History

· French V - AP French Language & Culture

· French Literature

· German IV - AP German Language & Culture

· Government & Politics

· Human Geography

· Humanities II AP (Govt/Pol)

· Humanities III AP (SS)

· Humanities III AP (Eng.)

· Humanities IV AP (Eng.)

· Microeconomics/Macroeconomics

· Music Theory II

· Photography III: Personal Dir in Photo-AP

· Photography II: Portfolio Dev- AP

· Physics C: Mechanics

· Physics I and Physics II

· Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

· Psychology

· Spanish Literature

· Spanish V - AP Spanish Language

· Statistics

· United States History

· World History