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Advanced Placement AP Honors H and Accelerated Acc

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.

AP Exam

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

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Advanced Placement
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
(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

Paul Gonsalves
HHS Testing Support Coordinator
ext. 61142

AP Payments 2023-2024
(also see links above)

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

  • Standard Price: $98 per exam
  • Fee Reduction Price*: $62 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).

**Please note our campus does not offer testing to off campus students**

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

Deadline for payment will be Friday March 1, 2024

*Students paying after this deadline will be required to pay an additional $20 late fee*

**Please note failure to pay for your AP exams could result in not getting tickets for graduation, participating in school fieldtrips/events OR being able to register for future AP classes, so please pay on time!**

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.  Any student enrolling after the deadline will have to pay College Board's $40 late fee.

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.

If you are canceling a test, please email the AP coordinator  ( as soon as possible so the testing order can be adjusted. 

Fundraising for AP Exams: Begins in November. Please see Ms Hillberg in T-14 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.

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