Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges. AP courses expose high school students to college-level material and give students the opportunity to show that they have mastered the material by taking an AP exam.

Students can benefit from taking AP courses by learning a subject in greater depth, developing skills that will be critically important to successful study in college, and demonstrating to colleges their willingness to undertake a challenging course.

Students take AP courses and exams for several reasons, including the challenge, the money and time saved, and the opportunities that can unfold as a result.

New college students who have been given AP recognition can take advanced courses, explore different subject areas, enter honors and other special programs, pursue double majors and even complete undergraduate requirements early.

In Appleton, students self-select into AP courses. Please be aware that all AP courses use college-level curriculum, materials, assessment, and homework. All students taking AP courses will be encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam.

Advanced Placement Offerings

Class  AP Exam
AP American Studies [AP English Language & Composition/AP U.S. History] (3060)
U.S. History/English Language and Composition
AP Biology (4180)
AP Calculus AB (9500)/BC (9550)
Calculus AB or BC
AP Chemistry (4250)
AP Computer Science Principles (9440)
Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A (9540)
Computer Science A
AP English Language & Composition [AP American Literature & Composition] (1120)
English Language and Composition
AP English Literature & Composition [AP World Literature & Composition] (1270)
English Literature and Composition
AP French (2225)/CAPP (204)
French Language
AP German (2425)/CAPP (204)
German Language
AP Government and Politics: U.S. & Comparative (3400)
U.S. Government and Politics
Comparative Government and Politics
AP Macroeconomics (3465)
AP Microeconomics (3460)
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based (4560) Physics B or C
AP Psychology (3320)
AP Spanish (2620)/CAPP (204)
Spanish Language
AP Statistics (9520)
AP U.S. History (3050)
U.S. History
AP World History (3150)
World History and/or European History


Each exam has a multiple-choice section and a free response (essay, problems, etc.) section. Scores on the AP test include 5 (extremely well qualified), 4 (well qualified), 3 (qualified), 2 (possibly qualified), and 1 (no recommendation). A student who earns a grade 3 or better on an AP exam is generally considered qualified to receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the 2,900 colleges and universities that give credit for AP exams.

  • Registration for AP Exams will take place during the month of October 2021. 
  • A fee of $96.00 is charged for each AP test taken. Checks should be made payable to Appleton Area School District.
  • Fees are non-refundable.

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and have requested or shared their information through the district's share form may have their fees paid by Appleton Area School District after verification by staff. Students who have their fees waived are required to take the test(s) as the district does not receive a refund for the fees paid.

  • AP exams are administered during the month of May.
  • Students with special needs can be accommodated but must discuss any necessary nonstandard exam conditions with the AP coordinator before registering.

2022 AP Test Schedule

AP registration forms and fees will be collected at each high school as follows:

  • Linda Franklin in the East business office
  • Hailey Kaufman in the North business office
  • Deb Andrews in the West business office
  • Amy Wierschke at Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA)
  • Kristen Blom at Valley New School (VNS)

Cassie Guilbeault
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Coordinator
(920) 852-5300 ext. 36020

Jaime Richling
Talented and Gifted (TAG)Administrative Assistant
(920) 852-5300 ext. 36010