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    Advanced Placement

    Advanced Placement courses prepare students for nationally administered AP exams; success on these exams may earn college credit and/or advanced placement at many colleges and universities. All students who meet the minimal course requirements are encouraged to enroll in these challenging courses.

    AP Criteria

    Students prior to enrolling in an AP course must meet the following general criteria:

    • Earned a 'B' grade or better in a prerequisite course (Prerequisite courses are determined by individual departments that offer AP).
    • Earn passing scores on all sections of the state assessment (Reading, Writing, and Math).
    • Teacher recommendation (As determined by departments that offer AP).
    • PSAT/NMSQT scores.

    Testing UPDATE: 

    High School Advanced Placement (AP) EXAMS Online 2020

    College Board Student Resources

    Resources for Students to help prepare for the AP Exam Online: The College Board continues to offer Free “live” Online AP Classes for students.See the course schedule on the College Board website. 

    AP Exam Dates and Details about what will be on each Online AP Exam.See the exam schedule on the College Board website.

    AP Student site includes general details for this year’s AP Exams online.Read tips for taking the test. 

    Tips for Success on Open Book/Open Note Exams.Read open book test tips. 

    College BoardAP Exam Coronavirus Updates and FAQs.


    What if I have not received any information yet from the College Board regarding my AP Exams?

    The College Board is communicating directly with students and families about online resources and details regarding their shortened AP Exams online. The College Board is using the student’s email address listed in the College Board student account. If a student has not provided their email, please log in to the College Board AP student page and update your profile to be sure that you receive all your AP Exam updates from the College Board.Sign in to access AP student resources.

    Can any student elect to take the online AP Exam?

    At SPS, only students that are currently registered and have paid to take their AP Exam are eligible for the online AP Exam this year.

    What if a student decides NOT to take the AP Exam?

    We encourage students and families to delay making their decisions about whether to take their AP Exam(s) until late April.

    Beginning Monday, April 20, if a student does not plan to take an AP Exam that has already been ordered, students and families can request a refund by completing the refund request form online no later than June 5.Complete the online request for refund.

    If families prefer a paper copy of this form, please contact your AP testing coordinator at your school and the form will be mailed to you through the US Postal Service.

    Refunds for AP Exams will be processed after schools have access to the AP Exams not taken. AP Testing Coordinators will not have access to see who completed the AP Exam through the College Board site until after the makeup AP Exam testing window in early June. The College Board has waived the $40 exam cancellation fee this year due to the COVID 19 school closures.

    Reminder: If a student does NOT plan to take the AP Exam, the student MUST NOT open the AP Exam online email to avoid being charged for the exam. 




    Students must be currently enrolled in an AP class at West Seattle High School to register for the corresponding AP test. The AP exams will be given at West Seattle High School in May 2020. Registrations that are not paid by November 1st will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.

    Follow these steps to register for an AP exam at West Seattle High School


    1. Sign in to and enroll in your AP class sections using the unique join code provided by your AP teachers. Students must create a college board account if they have not already done so to do this step.
    2. For each AP Exam, confirm your exam registration status before November 1.
    3. Make payment via School Pay on a Parent Source Account before November 1st.
      The payment window will start October 1. Keep a copy of the receipt for your records.
      1. Students cannot test with accommodations unless their request for accommodations has been approved by the College Board. If you have questions about this, please contact Amy Doll
      2. The standard exam fee is $102.00.
      3. Check the date of your AP Exam for May 2020 and mark your calendar.
      4. Students who cancel an exam before Feb 14 will be charged $40 per exam.
      5. There are no refunds after Feb 14.
      6. Students eligible for free or reduced lunch qualify for free exams. If you believe you are eligible, then you must complete an updated Free and Reduced Lunch Form for 2019-2020. Please check boxes for Pre-College Exams and Advanced Placement Tests in section seven of the application titled Other Benefits. If you have been denied FRL benefits and still need assistance, contact your school counselor for assistance.

    For AP Exam questions, contact Amy Doll 206-252-8813

    AP Courses

    All AP courses at West Seattle High School are yearlong courses. This requires students to be committed to a year long course of study.

    Students taking an AP course at West Seattle High School should expect an average of an hour of homework daily in each AP class they are enrolled.