Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement Programs
BHS students earn credit & save thousands of dollars
In May 2018, BHS students took 493 AP Exams that earned scores of 3, 4, or 5. Based on Portland State University's AP credit conversion chart, this represents an estimated 2,400 college credits. The cost savings for BHS families is $408,000 at an average rate of $170/credit hour at Portland State University. (Estimates based on PSU 2018-2019 undergrad resident tuition rate.)
A Different Kind of Class
From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the difference—in the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. You'll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, learn to write clearly and persuasively and respond to university level questions.
Find Your Passion
With 23 AP courses to choose from, at Beaverton High School, you’ll be able to explore your interests and discover new passions. In AP classes, you'll study fascinating topics and ideas that just might become the foundation of your future college major or career.
Prepare to Succeed in College
Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. Find scores required and credits awarded by Oregon Public Universities. By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double major or study abroad. Find colleges and universities with AP credit policy information.
AP and the Cost of College
Research shows that your AP experience can benefit you in several important ways when you reach college:
- AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years - students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,000(1) for each additional year.
- AP helps students qualify for scholarships - 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.(2)
(1)- Costs include tuition, fees, and books only, and do not include room, board, and other living expenses. Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2008-09 (Enrollment-Weighted). The College Board, "Trends in College Pricing," 2008.
(2)- Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research, Inc. March 2007.
AP Courses Offered At
Beaverton High School 2019-2020
|Fine Arts||History & Social Studies||Languages||Mathematics||Sciences|
|AP Music Theory||U.S. History||English Language & Composition||Calculus AB||Biology|
|Studio Art: Drawing||Government & Politics: U.S.||English Literature & Composition||Calculus BC||Chemistry|
|Studio Art: 2-D Design||Human Geography||Spanish Language & Culture||Statistics||Environmental Science|
|Studio Art: 3-D Design||Macroeconomics||French Language & Culture||Physics 1|
|Microeconomics||Japanese Language & Culture||Physics 2|
To: Parents/Guardians of AP Students receiving 504 Accommodations or Special Education Services
The following information is quoted from the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents.
Students with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability, you may be eligible for accommodations on the AP Exams. Some types of accommodations are:
● Extended time
● Large-type exams
● Enlarged (large-bock) answer sheets
● Braille exams
● ATC-format exams
● Permission to use a braille device, computer, or magnifying device
● A reader to dictate questions
● A writer/scribe to record responses
● A written copy of oral instructions
Other accommodations are also available.
All accommodations must be approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). If you test with accommodations that have not been approved by the College Board, your scores won’t be reported.
Most students work with the school’s SSD coordinator to apply for accommodations before the AP Exam administration. The SSD coordinator requests and manages the accommodations online.
● Information about administering accommodations for AP Exams is available at collegeboard.org/apssd.
● In some cases, documentation of the disability and need for accommodations is requested for the College Board’s review.
Requests for accommodations, and, when required, complete documentation, should be submitted by January 17, 2020. Requests should be submitted as early as possible so they can be reviewed and processed before the exam ordering deadlines. If requests are submitted after this date, there’s no guarantee accommodations will be approved or appropriate exam materials will be shipped in time for the exam.
If you have already received College Board–approved accommodations for AP Exams, the PSAT/NMSQT®, or the SAT®, you do not need to submit a new form unless:
· You change schools, in which case your new school’s SSD Coordinator should be asked to verify your accommodations through the online system.
· You need different accommodations. In this case, your school's SSD Coordinator must submit an Accommodations Change Request, which can be downloaded from SSD Online.
Note: Some accommodations are administered differently across College Board programs. For example, for AP, a student approved for extended time will not automatically be provided extra breaks. A student requiring extra breaks must apply for that specific accommodation for AP Exams. Keep in mind that AP Exams in most world languages and cultures and Music Theory including listening and speaking components.
You are your own best advocate for ensuring that you receive the testing accommodations you need; this means that you, the student, are also responsible for following through on the required procedures. Check with your SSD Coordinator to confirm the specific accommodations that have been requested. The specific accommodations that have been requested may appropriately differ from what is being used in school.
It is important to note that students who qualify for accommodations under their IEP or 504 are not automatically approved for accommodations on AP Exams.
If you would like to apply for accommodations for the AP National Exams in May, please schedule an appointment with Beaverton High School SSD Coordinator, Assistant Principal Maria Copelan. Contact her at 503.356.2830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan C. Stoner
Beaverton High School AP Coordinator
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