Advanced Placement

Advance Placement (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.

The Wayzata High School AP program continues to grow in the variety of courses offered as well as the numbers of students willing to take engage in rigorous academic challenges that match their abilities and interests. AP courses are college courses taught by trained WHS teachers on the high school campus. The AP program offers numerous courses representing a variety of discipline areas to support 34 different AP Exams. The benefits for a student selecting these courses are many.

Advance Placement Information

AP Student and Parent Bulletin

Contact

Amy Swenson
Advanced Placement Program Coordinator
763-745-6605
Amy.Swenson@wayzataschools.org

Kathy Leuthner
Testing Secretary
763-745-6705
Kathy.Leuthner@wayzataschools.org

Exam Schedule

AP Testing Data

Grade Level Number of Students Students as a % of Total Number of Exams Exams as a % of Total Avg. Exams / Student
12 367 43.9% 882 39.0% 2.4
11 367 43.9% 875 38.7% 2.4
10 250 27.9% 438 19.4% 1.8
9 37 3.9% 64 2.8% 1.7

AP Exam Registration

The College Board has implemented several changes regarding how students register for AP exams starting with the 2019-2020 academic year.

Step 1: AP students and teachers will complete a short digital activation process at the start of each AP course which will provide access to new classroom resources such as a question bank, unit guides, personal progress checks and a performance dashboard. The AP teacher will provide the student with the "Join Code" needed to complete this step. All students wishing to self-study for an exam can get the appropriate "Join Code" in B207 from Mrs. Swenson.

All Independent Study students and all AP students enrolled in a Term 1 or Semester 1 AP courses will complete this step by September 20. All other AP students will complete this step by February 15.

Step 2: The deadline for registering for exams for Term 1 or Semester 1 AP courses in November 1. All independent study exams, including those that happen second semester, also have a registration deadline of November 1. AP courses that start Term 2 or Term 3 have a March 1 deadline.

Students enrolled in an AP course who want to participate in AP exams in May will verify their exam decision by logging into their College Board account. In addition, they will finalize their AP Exam Order and submit payment to Total Registration. This is the same provider we have used for the past several years for AP Exams and PSAT exams.

Students who cancel an exam (with both the College Board and Total Registration) by November 1 are entitled to a full refund. After this date, no refunds are available. Exams ordered after November 15 will incur a $40 late fee, per the College Board. After March 13, it is no longer possible to order exams for the May testing dates. No exceptions!

Cost of exams: $68/exam; AP Seminar and AP Research fees are $100.

  Student Exam Fees ** Fees for FRP Students *
College Board cost per exam + District cost to administer test = Total Cost $94 + $14 = $108 $94 + $14 = $108
College Board reduction $0 $32
College Board school rebate $0 $9
School scholarships/waiver $0 $4
MDE Reimbursement (tentative - unconfirmed) $40 $53
Total Cost to Students $68 $10

* The "Fee-Reduced" rate shown above is available to students who are currently enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Priced program (FRP). If you are enrolled in the FRP program, select the FRP button when you register and pay the reduced amount online. We do check each registration, so only select this option if you are enrolled.

**The College Board will be implementing a late fee of $40.00 for exams ordered after the cut-off date. The College Board will be implementing a $40.00 return fee for exams not used.

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Students with a medical condition, an IEP or a 504 plan may be eligible for testing accommodations such as extra breaks, extended time, etc. Contact the student's case manager or school counselor and/or complete the College Board SSD application.

Students already approved for AP testing accommodations do not need to re-apply. The deadline for first-time applications is January 17. It takes at least seven weeks for non-emergency applications to receive approval.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for registering for 1st semester course exams is November 1. Deadline for courses that start after Term 1 is March 13. Students enrolled in AP Courses will be provided information on how to register for exams. Students may also pick up information on exam registration in B207.
  • All Independent/Self Study students will need to complete the exam registration process prior to November 1 or incur a $40.00 late fee. Please stop by B207 for information.
  • After March 13, it is no longer possible to order exams from College Board.

All AP Test Registration questions should be directed to Amy Swenson at Amy.Swenson@wayzataschools.org, Kathy Leuthner at Kathy.Leuthner@wayzataschools.org or in person in room B207.

Important Information about AP Exams

While each test has different timing guidelines, an AP exam typically runs about 3 hours. Therefore it is important for students and parents to understand that morning exams will begin prior to the start of school (7:30 a.m.) and afternoon AP exams will not be completed by the end of the school day (3:10 p.m.). CollegeBoard requires all students to stay in the testing room until testing is completed. Students will not be allowed to leave for after school activities, jobs, etc., until the timed session has come to an end. Students will be responsible for finding alternative transportation to morning exams and home at the end of the exam for afternoon exams.

CollegeBoard rules also require students to power off all electronics and place them with the proctor during the exam. Students will not have access to cell phones during the testing session. They are also not allowed to use any form of communication device while on the CollegeBoard scheduled break. Students who break any of the CollegeBoard rules will be removed from the testing room and their scores will be cancelled.

A list of all Test Administration Policies and Procedures is available in the Bulletin for Students and Parents.

Exam Schedule

Week 1 Morning Exam (7:30 a.m. report time) Afternoon Exam (11:30 a.m. report time)
Monday, May 4 United States Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Tuesday, May 5 Calculus AB
Calculus BC

German Language and Culture
Human Geography

Wednesday, May 6 English Literature & Composition  European History
Physics 2: Algebra Based
Thursday, May 7 Chemistry
Spanish Literature and Culture
Physics 1: Algebra Based
Friday,
May 8
US History Computer Science A
Art History
Friday,
May 8

AP 2D Art and Design, 3D Art and Design, Drawing – last day for coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8:00 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 Exam Afternoon Exam
Monday, May 11 Biology  Chinese Language and Culture
Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 12 Seminar
Spanish Language and Culture
Psychology
 
Wednesday, May 13 English Language & Composition  Microeconomics
Music Theory
Thursday, May 14 Comparative Government & Politics
World History: Modern
Macroeconomics
Friday,
May 15

Computer Science Principals
French Language and Culture

Statistics

Exams will be either be administered WHS or at the Medina Entertainment Center. Check back for posted schedule in April.