Advanced Placement Information
Advanced Placement Interactive Course Info & Planner
The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers students the opportunity to take college-level courses in high school, with the potential to earn college credit at many colleges/universities by passing the corresponding exam at the end of each course.
- Standardized AP exams are administered in May of each year to measure student understanding and mastery of content and skills related to each course.
- AP teachers engage in 30 or more hours of content-rich training designed to strengthen how they teach their AP courses, and there are a wide variety of resources available to teachers and students for each AP course offering.
- The AP program at Discovery is an open program. Any student who has the desire, motivation, and perseverance is welcome in an AP course!
- Due to the increased level of rigor in AP courses, students and parents must sign our AP commitment form acknowledging that they understand the requirements of enrolling in an AP course, and that students will not be allowed to drop the class because it is too difficult.
Taking AP courses/exams not only better prepares students for college but can also save valuable time and money.
- Earning credit for these courses can mean not having to take them in college, which could open up a student’s schedule and mean not having to pay for that course.
- Taking AP courses also helps a student to stand out in the college application process as many colleges consider the rigor of a student’s coursework as a determining factor in the admissions process.
- You can search the credit policies of colleges on College Board’s website (Click Here) to determine which credits different colleges accept.
AP Exam Schedule
The 2022 AP Exams will be administered in schools as paper-and-pencil exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13.
All exams will be administered in the Sunroom except for Spanish & French, which will be administered in a Language Lab (exact room TBD, will be communicated to students), Seminar, and Macroeconomics (exact rooms TBD, will be communicated to students).
The following schedule only lists AP exams offered at Discovery HS and does not include exam dates/times for courses/exams not offered at DHS.
Monday, May 2nd
U.S. Government & Politics
Tuesday, May 3rd
Wednesday, May 4th
English Lit & Comp
Computer Science A
Thursday, May 5th
Friday, May 6th
Monday, May 9th
Tuesday, May 10th
English Lang & Comp
Wednesday, May 11th
*Spanish Lang & Culture
Thursday, May 12th
*French Lang & Culture
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Friday, May 13th
- Students who arrive after the exam begins will not be permitted to test and will incur a $40 unused exam fee from College Board.
- The date for Art & Design portfolio submissions will be determined by the course teacher and communicated to students.
- AP Seminar and AP Research students will submit performance tasks as final and their presentations will be scored by their AP Seminar or AP Research teacher.
AP Testing Attendance Permission Form
Your student will take one or more of the upcoming AP exams scheduled from May 2 – May 13, 2022, in person at Discovery High School. Students taking AP exams are not required to attend classes before/after the testing period on the day of their AP exam. With your permission, your student may be excused for the remainder (AM or PM) of the school day on their exam days.
Students selecting to be excused from classes on their AP exam day must submit this completed & signed form no later than Wednesday, April 27th at 11:59 PM. This is a hard deadline. No permission slips will be accepted after this date.
Students who use this option are expected to:
Promptly leave school upon dismissal from their morning AP Exams.
Arrive at school and report to their specific testing locations at the times listed for their afternoon exams.
Students who do not use this option are expected to attend classes after morning exams or prior to afternoon exams.
Complete the Attendance Form here.
Josh Allen, Advanced Placement Assistant Principal
Jayme H. Hicks, EdD Advanced Placement Department Chair
Current Course Offerings/Teachers
As students are determining which courses they would like to take next school year, keep in mind:
Exposure to advanced coursework increases graduation and college-going rates. Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams have better college outcomes than their peers who don't take AP. The latest findings also indicate the value of scores beyond earning college credit.
Half of students entering four-year colleges are now starting school with some credit from AP courses. Determine whether AP is right for your student and ensure he/she is given that advantage.
For additional information about AP classes offered at Discovery, visit the following link (also located under the Teaching and Learning tab) to view our AP Planning presentation: Welcome to the AP Planner
For Core classes, including Math, Science, Language Arts, & Social Studies, students will need to discuss AP opportunities with their current teachers.
Additionally, any student who decides to take an AP class will need to complete the AP Commitment Form on MyPaymentsPlus by 2/15/22, which also includes parent signatures.
Exam Registration Info
Initial AP Exam Registration is now closed.
Registration for AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Macroeconomics ONLY will be open in MyPaymentsPlus from Jan. 6th to Mar. 7th. There are no changes to the overall AP exam registration process and students should pay for these exams in My Payments Plus.
Discovery HS will also provide a “walk-in late registration” opportunity for students who did not sign up for any other exams during the Fall registration period. Students who missed the original Fall deadline will have to pay a $40 late fee per College Board.
The late registration opportunity will be Feb.23th & Feb.24th. Students should report to the front office and advise them they are there to pay for an AP Exam.
If you have any questions, please email Assistant Principal Josh Allen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing for the AP Exams
The 2022 AP Exam Terms and Conditions are now available to review at cb.org/apexamterms.
- Students will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to taking each exam.
- Any updates to the terms and conditions will be clearly summarized on the terms and conditions page.
- AP students will receive email reminders from College Board to review these terms and conditions at cb.org/apexamterms before the exam administration.
Note: For AP Art and Design students, there are separate Art and Design AP Exam Terms and Conditions, available at cb.org/apartdesignterms. Students will need to accept these terms before submitting their artwork through the Art and Design web application.