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



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 2019. 
  • A fee of $94.00 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 will have their fees paid by Appleton Area School District. Proof of this financial need will be the signature of the high school principal on the test registration form. 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.

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

All registration fees and forms must be completed and returned to the high school office by October 15, 2019. This is an absolute deadline.

Linda Franklin in the East business office
Karen Geerts in the North business office
Deb Andrews in the West business office
Jeff Lemahieu at Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA)
Jennifer Kosloski at Valley New School (VNS)


Cassie Guilbeault
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Coordinator
(920) 832-4604

Nadia Zaatrah
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Secretary
(920) 832-6157 ext. 2184
New AP Exam Schedule

This new Exam Schedule will allow for our courses and students to have an additional 2-3 weeks of preparation prior to taking their exam.

In addition to the change in the Exam Schedule, The College Board has also changed the format for most of their AP Exams. The College Board has moved most of their AP Exams to be given online and allow students to take these exams at home.

AP Math, World Language and some Science exams will still be done on paper. For these paper-based exams or exams needing specialized computer software (World Language exams), they will be taken at designated sites set up by AASD (more information to come on these locations and details). For a specific breakdown of exam format, please see the Exam Schedule linked previously. 

We believe these changes are responsive to the needs of our students and staff and will ultimately help our students be more prepared for their AP Exam(s). We continue to have the utmost confidence in our staff and students to be prepared and do well on their AP Exam(s).

We also want to remind all of you that if you would like to cancel your AP Exam(s) and receive a full refund, you are able to do this until March 5th. If you want to cancel your AP Exam(s) or have further questions, please contact Nadia Zaatrah or your school.


Letter to Students and Families - April, 24 2020

Parent Letter

Exam Schedule

Test Registration Form

Resources for Parents and Families