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AP classes offer a challenging and stimulating educational experience for college bound students. When compared to other high school courses, AP classes often take more time, require more work, and give greater opportunity for individual growth and accomplishment. In May, AP exams are taken and scored on a 5 point scale. Most major colleges and universities recognize scores of 3, 4, or 5 for college credit. The amount of credit varies by institution.
Students who are in need of special accommodations, must notify their counselor and AP Coordinator Karen Boone upon enrollment in the course. Students must also notify the AP College Board online. ALL AP special accommondations MUST BE APPROVED by the COLLEGE BOARD. 
Clovis West offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP Computer Science & Principles
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History 
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics (offered in odd-ending graduation years)
  • AP Microeconomics (offered in even-ending graduation years)
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art 3-D Design Portfolio
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History


Because of the recent closure of our High Schools due to the COVID-19 situation, College Board (the organization that develops and administers the Advanced Placement (AP) program), has made the following changes in how AP exams will be administered this May.    The exams will now be taken online.    Please see more detailed information below:
1)  Instead of the paper/pencil version we are used to, students will now take a 45-minute Free-Response test for each course online.  The test will not be multiple choice; students will need to write the answer to each question.   Students will be able to take these tests using their computer, tablet, or smart phone.  They will also have the option to hand-write their responses and submit them via photo. 
2) On April 3, an announcement will be released from College Board, providing further information on how to sign up for these online exams. Students will be given TWO dates they can choose from to take these online test(s).  Once they choose a date, they will be given instructions on how to proceed.  
3) The students will only be responsible for material taught up to the time they left school.   (Early March).
4) Beginning March 25, College Board will provide live and on-demand free AP review courses to students that will be delivered by AP teachers from across the country.  These courses are optional, mobile friendly, and made available on-demand so that students can access them any time.   The courses can be accessed via AP YouTube channel.
5) If students do not feel comfortable taking the test, they can cancel with no penalty.   (Please check with your school AP site coordinator for any exceptions)
6) College Board is working with post-secondary institutions and feels confident credit will be given as they have in the past.    However, this is ultimately up to the university and cannot be guaranteed.
7) Our High Schools will be sending this and other information out to all students in Clovis Unified who have signed up and paid to take an AP Exam.  

College Board Information Website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

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