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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.


    The first two weeks in May of every year are designated by the College Board and ETS (Educational Testing Service) for AP exams in all subject areas. Every student at West Seattle High School enrolled in an AP course has the opportunity to take an AP exam in order to earn college credit or college placement. Students are expected to take AP exams for classes in which they are enrolled.

    At present, the fee for an AP exam is $87. Exam fees are collected at the beginning of second semester. Financial assistance is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

    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.

    Students are expected to attend review sessions in the spring as preparation for AP exams. The review sessions take place during state assessment in March & April. The dates will be announced after mid-winter break.