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AP Program

AP gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they are still in high school and earn college credit and placement. 


AP is an admission and enrollment management resource for colleges.


Most colleges and universities use AP as a factor in evaluating candidates for admission. AP gives:

  • Consistency: As a nationally recognized program that includes a standardized assessment of knowledge and skills, AP offers a consistent measure of academic achievement.
  • Evidence of rigor: Students with AP on their high school transcripts show exposure to rigorous, college-level curricula — a key element of college readiness.
  • Priority admission: AP Exam scores can be used as admission criteria for special programs or honors colleges.


Multiple research studies show that AP students who place into higher level courses based on their AP experiences are successful academically during their first year and beyond. AP students who earn credit for an introductory course perform well in subsequent courses within the same discipline tend to earn higher final GPAs and are more likely to graduate from college on time.


AP Courses for 2021 – 2022

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP United States History


AP Exam Registration Date

November 15th, 2021


AP Exam Fee Due

March 1st, 2022


Exam Fees – pay to Holy Cross

$96 each exam


AP Exams Dates

May 2nd – 13th, 2022


Advanced Placement courses are standardized courses structured through College Board to provide rigorous, college-level courses in high school. At the end of each school year, AP gives exams over each course to assess student understanding. The exams are scored 1-5 with 3 being the passing mark. Students that score 3-5 on their AP exams receive college credit that can be used at their preferred institution.  Final orders & decisions must be made by November 15th. Families will receive and online order form at the end of October.

            Students that choose not to take the AP Exam will have their course changed to Advanced *course title* in Sycamore at the end of the semester. This changes the weight of the GPA from 5.0 (AP) to 4.5 (Honors). This change will occur for the second semester course. Grade distributions, or the way the course is graded, will also change.


For more information or questions, please contact Kendall Hammerstrom at [email protected]