AP Courses

  • AP courses are academically challenging course that can be taking during high school and are equivalent to a college course in the subject. Students are encouraged to contact their Guidance Counselor for more information.


    AP American History

    Learn the analytical and factual skills in American history from colonial to present times. The course culminates with a three-hour exam that is equivalent to a full year of an introductory college course. The AP American history exam is required.

    Exam Fee: $94*  


    AP Biology

    The AP biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. AP biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors. The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course with respect to the textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required. The kinds of labs done by AP students are the equivalent of those done by college students. This course provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. College credit may be earned by successful completion of the AP biology exam in May (all students must take this exam). 

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of biology Regents and chemistry Regents.

    Exam Fee: $94*


    AP Physics 1/OCC Physics 103

    AP Physics 1 is a rigorous college-level course intended to provide students with an experience equivalent to the first semester of an introductory college-level physics course. The course will be designed around laboratory experiences, demonstrations, class discussion and assigned problem sets to prepare students for the AP physics 1 exam in May and the Regents physics exam in June. Students in the course have the option to co-enroll with OCC Physics 103 to receive credit. 
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Regents Chemistry with a suggested grade of 85% for each course.

    Exam Fee: $94*  


    AP Portfolio

    The AP Portfolio for Studio Art in Drawing or 2D Design is a practical studio experience in which students will develop and create a portfolio of art work exhibiting a high level of quality and craftsmanship, mastery in a wide variety of media, technical skills and process, and competent use of design concepts and solutions. Throughout the year long course, students will be expected to develop an artistic voice and vocabulary, while developing a body of work that adheres to the AP College Board requirements. Students will need to be highly motivated and invest more than class time to the artistic process. This may include working on projects outside of class. The goal of the class is to submit a portfolio to the AP College Board evaluators or to prepare a portfolio for college art program entry.


    AP European History

    The objective of this course is to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of European history while helping each student succeed on the AP European history exam. This course will examine European history from 1350 to the present, focusing on the social, political, religious, intellectual, technological and economic developments throughout this period. These areas are studied from a variety of perspectives with the hope of providing a balanced view of history. This course is taught at the college level, which requires a greater amount of reading and expanded depth of focus. Moreover, the AP curriculum demands higher-order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Students are required to analyze, synthesize and evaluate primary and secondary historical resources, in addition to comprehending, memorizing and applying facts. These skills will be assessed through a number of tests, quizzes and assignments. The course culminates with a three-hour exam that is equivalent to a full year of an introductory college course, and may earn you college credit hours. An AP exam is required up-on completion. 

    Exam Fee: $94*   

    *Test fees are subject to change