Advanced Placement (AP)
The Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.
The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.
- There are 38 AP courses in seven subject categories overall. Santa Ana Unified offers 22 of those courses at one or more of the comprehensive high schools.
- Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject. Learn how AP courses are developed.
- Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.
- AP Exams are given in May each year at testing locations all over the world.
- Schools must be authorized by the AP Course Audit to offer approved AP courses and use the AP designation.
Latest News and Information
As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here’s how College Board is supporting schools and our students:
- They are providing free remote learning resources.
- Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel without an additional charge.
- For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
- Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
- The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.
AP at a Glance
There are 22 different AP classes offered throughout SAUSD giving students an opportunity to dive deeper into a subject they love. Below is a chart of AP Courses and which SAUSD school offers that course during the 2019-2020 school year.
Benefits of AP
Learning in AP goes beyond subject matter. Students will gain confidence and study skills that will stick with them long after the class is over. Taking AP helps students stand out in the college admission process and understand what it is like to be in a college class so they are better prepared for freshman year on campus. By taking AP courses and exams, students may be able to skip intro college courses, earn college credit, save money on tuition, and dive into interests sooner at college.
How to get started
Answer these questions to get a better sense of which AP course you might be interested in taking:
- Which courses/subjects do you enjoy most?
- In which subjects do you do well?
- What college majors are you considering?
- What careers excite you?