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What Is Advanced Placement (AP)?

The AP Program offers college-level courses and exams that you can take in high school:

Earn College Credit

  • Your AP score could earn you college credits before you even set foot on campus.

Earn Advanced Placement 

  • Your AP score can let you skip introductory courses in college.

Save Money and Time

  • Earning credit or placement can open up time on your schedule or even let you graduate early.

Stand Out to Colleges 

  • “AP” on your high school transcript shows colleges you’ve tackled college-level work.


AP Course Difficulty

AP courses are usually more demanding than regular high school classes. Most AP courses are similar to first-year college courses. They aren't easy, but you can succeed in them if you put in time and effort.

Enrolling in an AP Course

Begin by talking with a school counselor, an AP teacher, or the school AP Coordinator. Find out if taking an AP course would be a positive experience for you. It’s important to make sure you understand and can handle the workload.

AP Exam

When you take an AP course, you have the opportunity to take the AP Exam in that subject. AP Exams are given in May. They are two- to three-hour tests made up of multiple-choice and free-response questions. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.

You must pay a fee to take an AP Exam. If you can’t pay the fee, you can ask your school counselor or school AP Coordinator (if your school has one) about a fee reduction. 

AP Capstone Programs in PVUSD

AP Capstone Information

We currently have three of our high school campuses offering the AP Capstone Program.  The contact person for each school is listed below.

Horizon – Rachel Prince - 602-449-6000

Paradise Valley – Jackie Strickling and Maureen Minnick - 602-449-7000

Pinnacle – Heather Brilo - 602-449-4000


Paradise Valley Schools Advanced Placement Programs

SCHOOL

Horizon HS

North Canyon HS

Paradise Valley HS

Pinnacle HS

Shadow Mountain HS

PVOnline

Contact Person Tracey Blair (Lanese) Amanda Wood Jackie Strickling Heather Brilo Judy Birt Koni Withers
Email and Phone Contacts

tlanese@pvschools.net

602-449-6000

amwood@pvschools.net

602-449-5000

jstrickling@pvschools.net

602-449-7000

hbrelo@pvschools.net

602-449-4000

jbirt@pvschools.net

602-449-3000

kwithers@pvschools.net

602-449-2450

AP Class Offerings

AP Biology 1

AP Biology 2

AP Calculus AB 1

AP Calculus AB 2

AP Calculus BC 1

AP Calculus BC 2

AP Chemistry 1

AP Chemistry 2

AP Comp Government & Politics

AP Computer Science A 1

AP Computer Science A 2

AP English Lang & Comp 5

AP English Lang & Comp 6

AP English Lit & Comp 7

AP English Lit & Comp 8

AP French Lang & Culture 9

AP French Lang & Culture 10

AP Human Geography 1

AP Human Geography 2

AP Macroeconomics

AP Microeconomics

AP Music Theory 1

AP Music Theory 2

AP Physics One 1

AP Physics One 2

AP Psychology 1

AP Psychology 2

AP Research 1

AP Research 2

AP Seminar 1

AP Seminar 2

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 9

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 10

AP Statistics 1

AP Statistics 2

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 1

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 2

AP Studio Art 3-D Design 1

AP Studio Art 3-D Design 2

AP Studio Art Drawing 1

AP Studio Art Drawing 2

AP US Government & Politics

AP US History 1

AP US History 2

AP World History 1

AP World History 2

AP Art History 1

AP Art History 2

AP Calculus AB 1

AP Calculus AB 2

AP Calculus BC 1

AP Calculus BC 2

AP Computer Science Principles 1

AP Computer Science Principles 2

AP Computer Science A 1

AP Computer Science A 2

AP English Lang & Comp 5

AP English Lang & Comp 6

AP English Lit & Comp 7

AP English Lit & Comp 8

AP European History 1

AP European History 2

AP Human Geography 1

AP Human Geography 2

AP Macroeconomics

AP Psychology 1

AP Psychology 2

AP Research 1

AP Research 2

AP Seminar 1

AP Seminar 2

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 9

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 10

AP Statistics 1

AP Statistics 2

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 1

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 2

AP Studio Art 3-D Design 1

AP Studio Art 3-D Design 2

AP Studio Art Drawing 1

AP Studio Art Drawing 2

AP US Government & Politics

AP US History 1

AP US History 2

AP World History 1

AP World History 2

 

AP Biology 1-2

AP Calculus AB 1-2

AP Calculus BC 1-2

AP Chemistry 1-2

AP Computer Science Principles 1-2

AP Computer Science A 1-2

AP English Lang & Comp 5

AP English Lang & Comp 6

AP English Lit & Comp 7-8

AP European History 1-2

AP French Lang & Culture 9-10

AP Macroeconomics

AP Physics C: Mechanics 1-2

AP Physics Two 1-2

AP Psychology 1-2

AP Research 1

AP Research 1-2

AP Research 2

AP Seminar 1

AP Seminar 2

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 9-10

AP Statistics 1-2

AP Studio Art Drawing 1-2

AP US Government & Politics

AP US History 1

AP US History 2

AP Biology 1

AP Biology 2

AP Calculus AB 1

AP Calculus AB 2

AP Calculus BC 1

AP Calculus BC 2

AP Chemistry 1

AP Chemistry 2

AP Computer Science A 1

AP Computer Science A 2

AP English Lang & Comp 5

AP English Lang & Comp 6

AP English Lit & Comp 7

AP English Lit & Comp 8

AP European History 1

AP European History 2

AP French Lang & Culture 9

AP French Lang & Culture 10

AP Macroeconomics

AP Physics One 1

AP Physics One 2

AP Physics Two 1

AP Physics Two 2

AP Psychology 1

AP Psychology 2

AP Research 1

AP Research 2

AP Seminar 1

AP Seminar 2

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 9

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 10

AP Statistics 1

AP Statistics 2

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 1

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 2

AP Studio Art 3-D Design 1

AP Studio Art 3-D Design 2

AP Studio Art Drawing 1

AP Studio Art Drawing 2

AP US Government & Politics

AP US History 1

AP US History 2

 

AP Biology 1

AP Biology 2

AP Calculus AB 1

AP Calculus AB 2

AP Calculus BC 1

AP Calculus BC 2

AP Chemistry 1

AP Chemistry 2

AP English Lang & Comp 5

AP English Lang & Comp 6

AP English Lang & Comp DAAPS 5

AP English Lang & Comp DAAPS 6

AP English Lit & Comp 7

AP English Lit & Comp 8

AP English Lang & Comp DAAPS 7

AP English Lang & Comp DAAPS 8

AP European History 1

AP European History 2

AP European History DAAPS 1

AP European History DAAPS 2

AP French Lang & Culture 9

AP French Lang & Culture 10

AP Macroeconomics

AP Microeconomics DAAPS

AP Music Theory 1

AP Music Theory 2

AP Physics One 1

AP Physics One 2

AP Physics Two 1

AP Physics Two 2

AP Psychology 1

AP Psychology 2

AP Research 1

AP Research 2

AP Seminar 1

AP Seminar 2

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 9

AP Spanish Lang & Culture 10

AP Statistics 1

AP Statistics 2

AP US Gov & Politics DAAPS

AP US Government & Politics

AP US History 1

AP US History 2

AP US History DAAPS 1

AP US History DAAPS 2

PVOnline AP Computer Science Principles 1

PVOnline AP Computer Science Principles 2

PVOnline AP English Lang & Comp 5

PVOnline AP English Lang & Comp 6

PVOnline AP English Lit & Comp 7

PVOnline AP English Lit & Comp 8

PVOnline AP Music Theory 1

PVOnline AP Music Theory 2

PVOnline Applied Math 1

PVOnline Applied Math 2

PVOnline AP Calculus AB 1

PVOnline AP Calculus AB 2

PVOnline AP US History 1

PVOnline AP US History 2

PVOnline AP Macroeconomics

PVOnline AP US Gov & Politics