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Advanced Placement

All PHS students are eligible to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

All students who have been classified as a GATE (Gifted and Talented) student are required to take at least one honors or AP course a year if available.  

For more information on the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, please see the WJUSD website: WJUSD GATE 
AP FAQs

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AP FAQs
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What are AP classes?

The Advanced Placement Program allows students to participate in a college level course and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year.  

What are the advantages of taking AP classes?

The Advanced Placement Program allows students to participate in a college level course and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year. 

What background do I need in order to succeed in an AP class?

No specific background is needed to succeed in an AP class, however there are a few common characteristics
 
Student Interest - students are interested in a specific course or courses they are attempting. 
Time Management - students can efficiently manage their time to balance the additional rigor of AP courses and their other obligations
Interal Motivation - students are motivated by their own interests instead of external factors to encourage them. 
 
AP Courses Offered

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  • Art 2D Design
  • Art-Drawing
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • English Language and Comp
  • English Literature and Comp
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • Micro Economics
  • Music Theory
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • US Government
  • US History 
 
 
Receiving your AP Scores

All AP scores will be available online each July.  The College Board will no longer mail scores to students, they will arrive via email

In order to receive them you must set up an account at College Board


The WJUSD Technology department recommends that students create a gmail email account for signing up for College Board, college applications and financial aid.