Advanced Level and Alternative Courses

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

The high school Advanced Placement program is a College Board program that allows high school students to access college-level curriculum. This curriculum assists and prepares students for their college or university coursework.

2021-22 AP Exam Schedule, Registration, and Upcoming Deadlines

The 2022 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will be administered in schools as paper-and-pencil* exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13. AP Testing is highly encouraged, but not required. Per the College Board, AP courses offer the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level. This better prepares students for college work. Read more about the 2021-22 Exam Registration and Deadline.


Earn College Credit

Students who take AP exams, which are administered annually in May, can earn college credit, depending on their score and the college they plan to attend.

As of May 2019, Senate Bill 5410 requires that all Washington state public “institutions of higher education must establish a coordinated, evidence-based policy for granting as many undergraduate college credits, as possible and appropriate, to students who have earned a minimum score of three on Advanced Placement exams” (RCW 28B.10.054).

This means that students who earn a passing score on any AP exam and plan to attend a Washington state public institution can learn well ahead of time which type of college credit their college or university will award with the passage of the student’s AP exam. Students and families should check the college or university website to get further details regarding college credits and AP exam scores.

High School Advanced Placement is coordinated through the district office to standardize AP testing practices districtwide, which supports Seattle Public Schools’ staff, students and families more consistently. AP testing coordinators use approved AP testing protocols and procedures in alignment with the Seattle Public Schools strategic plan which focuses on eliminating the opportunity gaps and ensures that students of color who are furthest from educational justice will graduate ready for college and careers. Read more about the district’s strategic plan.

There are several ways to learn more about how students may benefit from taking Advanced Placement courses. Students or families can talk with a high school counselor or AP Testing coordinator, or read more on the College Board website.

AP Courses at Seattle Public Schools

A variety of Advanced Placement Courses are offered districtwide at SPS high schools. On the next page, you can find a list of the 2019-20 AP Courses offered at 11 comprehensive high schools. AP Course offerings change annually based on staffing and student enrollment.

Note: Chief Sealth and Ingraham high schools are International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, so they offer fewer AP Courses. Rainier Beach High School is also an International Baccalaureate school and does not offer AP courses. Read more about IB.

AP COURSES OFFERED AT SPS 2019-20

AP AMER GOVERNMENT

  • Ballard High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP BIOLOGY

  • Ballard High School
  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Garfield High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP CALCULUS AB

  • Ballard High School
  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Ingraham High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP CALCULUS BC

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Ingraham High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP CHEMISTRY

  • Ballard High School
  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School

AP CHINESE

  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • West Seattle High School

AP COMP SCI PRINCP

  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Nathan Hale High School

AP COMPARATIVE GOV

  • Roosevelt High School

AP COMPUTER SCI A

  • Ballard High School
  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Ingraham High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP ENG LANG COMP

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • The Center School
  • West Seattle High School

AP ENG LIT COMP

  • Ballard High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCI

  • Ballard High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • The Center School
  • West Seattle High School

AP FRENCH

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP HUMAN GEO INTG

  • Roosevelt High School

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

  • Franklin High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP JAPANESE

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP LATIN

  • Garfield High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP MACROECONOMICS

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School

AP MUSIC THEORY

  • Ballard High School

AP PHYSICS 1

  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP PHYSICS C

  • Roosevelt High School

AP SPANISH

  • Ballard High School
  • Chief Sealth Intl HS
  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP SPANISH LIT

  • Ballard High School
  • Chief Sealth Intl High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP STATISTICS

  • Cleveland High School STEM
  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Ingraham High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • The Center School
  • West Seattle High School

AP STUDIO ART

  • Franklin High School
  • Garfield High School
  • The Center School

AP STUDIO ART 2D DES

  • Ballard High School
  • Roosevelt High School

AP STUDIO ART DRAW

  • Ballard High School

AP US GOVT AND POLITICS

  • Garfield High School

AP US HISTORY

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • West Seattle High School

AP WORLD HISTORY

  • Ballard High School
  • Garfield High School
  • West Seattle High School

Ballard High School Course Offerings

  • AP AMER GOVERNMENT
  • AP BIOLOGY
  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CALCULUS BC
  • AP CHEMISTRY
  • AP COMPUTER SCI A
  • AP ENG LANG COMP
  • AP ENG LIT COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP FRENCH
  • AP JAPANESE
  • AP MACROECONOMICS
  • AP MUSIC THEORY
  • AP SPANISH
  • AP SPANISH LIT
  • AP STUDIO ART 2D DES
  • AP STUDIO ART DRAW
  • AP US HISTORY
  • AP WORLD HISTORY

The Center School Course Offerings

  • AP ENG LANG COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP STATISTICS
  • AP STUDIO ART

Cleveland High School STEM Course Offerings

  • AP BIOLOGY
  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CHEMISTRY
  • AP CHINESE
  • AP COMP SCI PRINCP
  • AP COMPUTER SCI A
  • AP PHYSICS 1
  • AP SPANISH
  • AP STATISTICS

Franklin High School Course Offerings

  • AP AMER GOVERNMENT
  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CHEMISTRY
  • AP COMP SCI PRINCP
  • AP COMPUTER SCI A
  • AP ENG LIT COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
  • AP PHYSICS 1
  • AP SPANISH
  • AP STATISTICS
  • AP STUDIO ART

Garfield High School Course Offerings

  • AP AMER GOVERNMENT
  • AP BIOLOGY
  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CALCULUS BC
  • AP CHEMISTRY
  • AP ENG LANG COMP
  • AP ENG LIT COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP FRENCH
  • AP JAPANESE
  • AP LATIN
  • AP MACROECONOMICS
  • AP SPANISH
  • AP STATISTICS
  • AP STUDIO ART
  • AP US GOVT AND POLITICS
  • AP US HISTORY
  • AP WORLD HISTORY

Nathan Hale High School Course Offerings

  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP COMP SCI PRINCP
  • AP COMPUTER SCI A
  • AP ENG LANG COMP
  • AP ENG LIT COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP JAPANESE
  • AP SPANISH
  • AP STATISTICS

Ingraham High School Course Offerings

  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CALCULUS BC
  • AP COMPUTER SCI A
  • AP STATISTICS

Lincoln High School Course Offerings

  • AP CALCULUS BC
  • AP COMP SCI PRINCP
  • AP JAPANESE
  • AP PHYSICS 1
  • AP SPANISH

Roosevelt High School Course Offerings

  • AP AMER GOVERNMENT
  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CALCULUS BC
  • AP COMPARATIVE GOV
  • AP ENG LANG COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP FRENCH
  • AP HUMAN GEO INTG
  • AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
  • AP JAPANESE
  • AP LATIN
  • AP PHYSICS C
  • AP SPANISH
  • AP SPANISH LIT
  • AP STATISTICS
  • AP STUDIO ART 2D DES
  • AP US HISTORY

Chief Sealth International High School Course Offerings

  • AP SPANISH
  • AP SPANISH LIT

West Seattle High School Course Offerings

  • AP AMER GOVERNMENT
  • AP BIOLOGY
  • AP CALCULUS AB
  • AP CALCULUS BC
  • AP CHINESE
  • AP COMPUTER SCI A
  • AP ENG LANG COMP
  • AP ENG LIT COMP
  • AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI
  • AP PHYSICS 1
  • AP STATISTICS
  • AP US HISTORY
  • AP WORLD HISTORY

AP Contacts

District AP Coordinator

if you have general questions about the AP program across the 11 comprehensive high schools, please contact the District Program Coordinator for AP , Bhumi Dalia, bhdalia@seattleschools.org.

High School AP Coordinators

Please contact your high school’s AP coordinator if you have questions about AP testing or registration.

Ballard Mike Broom, mrbroom@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Ballard website

The Center School  Edward Rho, ewrho@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Center School website

Cleveland Jennifer Kekuna, jmkekuna@seattleschools.org

Franklin Jim Jeffreys, jrjeffreys@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Franklin website

Garfield Tiffany Bigham, tlbigham@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Garfield website

Nathan Hale Melinda Greene, msgreene@seattleschools.org,

Ingraham Sara Kerr, skkerr@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Ingraham website

Lincoln  Sara Tuttle, sntuttle@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Lincoln website

Roosevelt  Jessica Proctor, “>jrproctor@seattleschools.org,
AP information on Roosevelt website

Chief Sealth Rachel Evans,  raevans@seattleschools.org

West Seattle Amy Doll, asdoll@seattleschools.org
AP information on West Seattle website


AP Exams and Course Grades

AP exams, given each year in May, are standardized tests designed to measure how well students have mastered the content and skills of a specific AP course. 

AP testing is highly encouraged, but not required. Per College Board, AP courses offer the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level. This better prepares students for college work. If the student receives a high enough score on an AP exam, the student may be eligible for credit, advanced placement or both at most colleges in the United States.

Teachers of AP courses may not attach final course grades based on a student’s willingness and/or ability to take the AP exam. This practice is contrary to SPS Racial Equity Policy #0030, which must ensure educational and racial equity for every student in each of our schools.

Providing incentives to attempt the AP exam is acceptable as long as it supports a culturally responsive approach to teaching and supports the SPS Racial Equity Policy #0030. Read the Ensuring educational and racial equity School Board Policy #0030


Services for Students with Disabilities Accommodations

Students that are eligible for Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Accommodations must work with the school’s SSD coordinator to complete the required paperwork to receive approval from College Board.

It takes several weeks for College Board to process these requests, so paperwork must be submitted by SSD coordinators as soon as students enroll in the AP course. To begin this process, students and families must communicate with their IEP case manager or the school counselor to communicate the need for the SSD accommodation for the AP exam.


Late Testing

SPS High Schools offering AP courses and exams may need to offer late exams, although late exam exceptions are rare, (fewer than 1% districtwide). The College Board publishes a list of approved circumstances that will not incur a late testing fee, however, late testing at SPS is typically reserved for high school seniors that do not have the option to take their AP exam the following school year. Read the late-testing policies on the College Board website.

The team of AP testing coordinators will work collaboratively to determine which exams can be offered districtwide based on capacity and need. SPS may not be able to offer late exams for all AP courses or for all requests.