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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement at PHS

Poway High offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses. As outlined by the College Board, Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to take a college-level course in a high-school setting. All AP courses at Poway have been certified and audited by the College Board, and are current in their requirements and preparation.

The rigor of AP courses provides students with a setting that will prepare them for future college courses. In addition, students who score sufficiently high on the AP Exams can earn college credits for their efforts.
Students interested in enrolling in an AP course should speak to their counselor and current subject area teacher for more information. While Poway High follows the College Board's open access and equity policy, several courses involve summer coursework to prepare for the class. Information about this coursework is given during course registration in the spring trimester.

AP  Testing Information 2023-2024 

  • All students will be able to join a FREE online College Board AP®  Class on The College
    Board MyAP Site at once AP courses start (students will
    need a College Board Account to Join the AP® online class.)
  • Students will receive a 'Join Code' from their AP teacher to join the online group and be
    able to access instructional materials and resources as well as assignments such as review
    quizzes and tasks that teachers assign in the MyAP system. 'Join Codes' are specific to the
    subject, and PHS teacher. Teachers will be distributing these Join Codes.
  • ALL students are encouraged to complete the 'Join Code' step with the code from their
    teacher to access the FREE online resources to use throughout the course of the school
    year as a preparation and review tool.
  • Exams will only be ordered for those who complete the additional steps below.

AP® Exam Order Deadlines for 2023-2024

 23-24 AP Testing Fee InformationClick here for 2023-24 AP Exam Ordering Instructions

  • Step 1: Activate Exam – Students must JOIN their AP® Class on the MyAP Site at to activate the exam order and complete the process. To access the site, create or use a College Board Profile. (See FAQs for more details.) Students join the AP Class with a Join Code  (access code). See deadlines below based on course commencement date.
  • Step 2: Submit Exam Fees for courses that commence in Trimester 1– To indicate intention and commitment to take an AP® exam in the May 2024 AP® Exam administration, submit exam fees by November 3, 2023 to avoid late fees via the link below.*


  • BOTH Steps 1 and 2 MUST be completed by the applicable trimester deadline to order an AP® exam.

Fee reduction/assistance:  Fee reductions are possible for qualified students. If you feel you may qualify for a fee reduction, please submit the Fee Reduction Application Form to the Poway High Counseling Office.  Once eligibility has been confirmed, you will be provided with a Fee Reduction Code that will reduce the cost of the exam(s) to the appropriate amount on the online payment form. Application forms for fee reductions must be submitted no later than October 26, 2023 to guarantee processing before the Fall deadline. Penalty fees will apply if registering during the late payment period. Students who were approved for a fee reduction in the Fall do not need to apply again but should see their counselor for a Spring Fee Reduction Code.
BOTH the Payment AND Join steps MUST be completed to enable a complete exam order


Frequently Asked Questions:

Should I join the MyAP AP Course even if I am not sure about taking the exam?

  • Yes, ALL students should complete the Join Step to access the free online resources. Students who want to take the optional exam must also submit fees. Any active exams without the matching exam fees will be automatically de-activated and will not be ordered from College Board.

What if I can't log into my College Board account?

What if I drop the AP® Course(s) and no longer want to take the exam?

What if I want to take an exam for which PHS does not offer the course?

  • Contact the PHS AP Coordinator, Ms. Smith or Ms. Wardwell to request permission. Independent Student requests will be considered based on space availability. Additional fees may apply.

What if you have other questions?

  • Detailed information and registration regulations as well as more FAQs are posted on - Be sure to review them all carefully

Information about Advanced Placement

  • Questions about taking Advanced Placement courses can be directed to your counselor.
  • AP Course Time Commitment Calculator - These charts will help calculate the time commitment you are signing up for when signing up for multiple AP courses.
  • AP Course FAQs - Frequently asked questions and answers regarding AP Courses at PHS.
  • AP Course Progression - AP course progression and recommendations for success in AP courses.

Advanced Placement Courses and Instructors for

AP Course   Current Teacher
AP Biology 3-4 Banh, RachelChrispeels, Arno
AP Calculus AB 1-2 Zikeli, Michelle
AP Calculus BC 1-2 Zeis, Kyle
AP Chemistry 3-4 Manly, Tony
AP Computer Science A 1-2 Guillaume, Bennett
AP Computer Science Principles 1-2 Tormey, Bailey
AP English Language 1-2 (APEL)  11th grade McMillan, Katie; Woodward, Andrea
AP English Literature 1-2  12th grade
AP Environmental Science 1-2 Van Pelt, Sharla
AP World History  10th grade  Hetherington, Anna; Cabral, Abraham
AP French Language 7-8 Dugo, Milena
AP German Language 7-8 Bringman, Elliott
AP Government & Politics 1-2    12th grade Waasted, Jacob
AP Human Geography 1-2 McKee, Jordan
AP Physics C: Mech 1-2 Casey-O'Brien, Lisa
AP Psychology 1-2 Ambort, BreezyPratt, Emily
AP Spanish Language 1-2 Tovar, Julie
AP Statistics 1-2 Sebastian, SusanJackson, Charlie
AP Studio Art: 2D 1-2 (Photography) Jaffe, Aaron
AP Studio Art: 3D 1-2 (Ceramics) Parr, Todd
AP Studio Art: Drawing 1-2 Hensey, Heidi
AP U.S. History 1-2 (APUSH)   11th grade Lewis, Curtis