Graham-Kapowsin High School offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses where students have the option to earn college credit. These courses provide students an exciting academic challenge in addition to possible savings on college tuition costs. They are rigorous and require a high degree of dedication from students, including the commitment to spend an average of three to ten hours per week in study outside of the classroom. AP courses on a student’s transcript are evaluated by universities as highly significant. They indicate the student has been willing to take high-level, challenging courses and is capable of functioning successfully with college level materials and expectations. AP teachers go through specific educational training to enhance the program.
Students earn regular high school credit upon successful completion of the course and then have the opportunity to earn college credit through examinations each May. The examinations are administered through Graham-KapowsinHigh School and are developed nationally by the Educational Testing Service. AP examinations are graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 5 (maximum). University credit is generally granted for test scores of 3 and above. Each university has their own standard. However, even a score of 1 or 2 enhances the opportunity for scholarships and university admission. For more information on the AP program CLICK HERE.
If a student enrolls in an AP course, they will be required to take the AP examination. Each student will receive 1 free AP test for the 2018-2019 school year. If a student is taking more than 1 test, the following fees are: $94 (standard) and free for reduced fee (students must show free/reduced lunch letter to verify eligibility). Test Fees are due March 15, 2019. Contact your counselor for more information. Students who enroll in year-long AP courses are expected to remain in those courses for the entire year. Failure to do summer work does not constitute being withdrawn from the class.
These courses are taught in accordance with the Advanced Placement standards of the College Board.
AP Classes offered at GKHS:
- AP Art (Teacher Approval)
- AP Literature (12th Grade English)
- AP Language (11th Grade English)
- AP Psychology (All grade levels)
- AP Government (12th Grade Civics)
- AP US History (11th Grade History)
- AP World History (10th Grade History)
- AP AB Calculus (Successful completion of Pre-Calc with a "C" or better)
- AP Statistics (Successful completion of Adv Algebra with a "C" or better)
- AP Computer Science (Successful completion of Adv Algebra with a "C" or better and successful completion of Programming or teacher permission)
- AP Physics 1: Algebra Based ("C" or better in mathematics through Adv Algbera and recommendation of previous science teacher)
- AP Chemistry (Chemistry with “ C” or better or teacher permission)
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can I drop an AP class?
- No. The only exception would be approval from the Principal
2. Do I have to take the AP exam in May?
- Yes. It is required that ALL students take the test and pay for the exam.
3. What if I don't show up for the test?
- You are still required to pay for the exam
4. How much does the AP test cost?
- First AP Test is FREE!
- After 1st test: $94(standard) each- Free/Reduced lunch students receive all tests for free.
5. Where are the tests given?
- Tests are given at either GKHS or a local church. Each student receives a detailed sheet in mid April with the exact location of the tests.
6. When is the AP test fee due?
- All tests must be paid for in the ASB office no later than March 28. If tests are not paid for by March 28th, a $10 late fee will be assessed
7. What if we are struggling to pay for the exam?
- Option 1: arrange a payment plan with ASB before the deadline
- Option 2: speak with your counselor about possible alternatives
If you have further questions, please contact your student's counselor, AP teacher, or the AP Supervisor (Brad Hostak)
Test Schedule 2018-19
ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE AP EXAM!!!
Week 1 Morning 8 a.m. Afternoon 12 noon
May 6, 2019
United States Government and Politics
Chinese Language and Culture
May 7, 2019
Spanish Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
May 8, 2019
English Literature and Composition
French Language and Culture
May 9, 2019
Spanish Literature and Culture
German Language and Culture
May 10, 2019
United States History
Computer Science Principles
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Studio Art — last day for coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. ET) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly.
Teachers should have forwarded students’ completed digital portfolios to coordinators before this date.
Week 2 Morning 8 a.m. Afternoon
May 13, 2019
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
May 14, 2019
May 15, 2019
English Language and Composition
Italian Language and Culture
May 16, 2019
Comparative Government and Politics
May 17, 2019
Computer Science A