High School

Advanced Placement

Peninsula High School offers a wide range of Advanced Placement classes that can earn college credit for students. These classes provide students with 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 that the student has been willing to take high-level, challenging courses and is capable of functioning successfully with college level materials and expectations. Students who participate in AP classes are more likely to be successful in college. 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 in May of the year. The examinations are administered through Peninsula High 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. More information about the testing schedule and credit opportunities can be found at the CollegeBoard website atwww.collegeboard.com.

If a student enrolls in an AP course, the expectation is that the student will take the AP examination. The student pays for the cost of each examination. There is a partial fee waiver available for students in need. Students who enroll in year-long AP courses are expected to remain in those courses for the entire year.

Most test sites will be the PHS auxiliary gym.  Where each test will occur will be announced at a later date.  The cost of each test is $91.00 and should be paid to the bookkeeper in cash or check made out to Peninsula High School. The deadline is March 26th.  If anyone is on free or reduced lunch see Mr. Burmark for the fee reduction waiver before paying the bookkeeper.

May 2015 AP testing dates: Times and locations TBD and will be posted at a later date.

AP Biology (Collins) Monday, May 11
AP Calculus AB (Gillis) Tuesday, May 5
AP Chemistry (Stitt) Monday, May 4
AP English Literature (Blair/Marinelli) Wednesday, May 6
AP English Language/Comp (Napier, Kurtz) Wednesday, May 13
AP Environmental Science (Mills) Monday, May 4
AP Physics 1 (Brockoff) Wednesday, May 6
AP Statistics (Pratz) Wednesday, May 13
AP US Government (Knudson) Tuesday, May 12
AP US History (Bill) Friday, May 8
AP World History (Crabtree) Thursday, May 14
AP Micro (McLean) Friday, May 15
AP Macro (McLean) Thursday, May 14
AP Spanish (Swaser) Thursday, May 7
AP Psychology (Lyssand) Monday, May 4