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What are Advanced Placement Courses?
The Advanced Placement Program through College Board allows students to complete college-level courses in high school. Students who select AP courses are expected to take the AP test. The course fee for these courses will cover the AP test. Students are not required to be in an AP course to take the AP exam.


AP Course Information for the 2023-2024 SY


November 6, 2023

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! Your child is currently enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Paradise Honors High School, and I am so excited that their participation in this college-level instructed program will provide them an opportunity to engage with material that will prepare them for higher education! Students enrolled in AP courses have the opportunity to earn college credit and to skip introductory courses based on their AP exam scores that are scheduled in May. You and your student can verify credit policies by clicking this link for more information: AP Credit Policy
The College Board sets a national test date and time for each subject area. For the 2023-2024 school year, students will take all exams digitally, and the exam schedule is as follows:

Please take a moment to read through important information located on The College Board website (For Parents & Guardians). Important information can be found regarding the details about test security, test day procedures, what items are permitted, and test fees. There is a $40 per unused/canceled/late exam fee policy. What this means is that if students select to take the exam, and the exam is ordered, if they later decide to cancel that exam, they will incur a fee; likewise, if students order after College Board’s deadline, students will be responsible to pay the exam fee, plus an additional late testing fee of $40 before an exam is ordered for them. This year, the deadline to submit test confirmations and payment to Paradise is Monday, November 13, 2023. Please see College Board’s policy regarding late test ordering on their website for more information. Students will cover more information and complete pre-administration materials with me later in the semester. All fees will be assessed to e-fund accounts as students sign up for their exam and must be paid by November 13th to ensure that their exam is ordered. Payments made after this date will be subject to the $40 College Board fee. 
PHHS policy allows students taking AP exams to arrive at the time of the exam on test day, and leave campus following completion of the exam with parent permission. Students may also remain on campus to attend scheduled classes that day. If students choose to leave campus following their morning exam, they should arrive back to school at the end of the school day to participate in any sports or club activity. Coaches and club leaders expect students to be present for any obligatory practices, games or meetings. 
I look forward to working with your child as they challenge themselves by taking demanding, yet worthwhile, AP courses. These courses are challenging, and you may find that your child may require a little more support and encouragement when these classes seem too difficult. I commend them all for taking the necessary steps that will prepare them for their endeavors! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the AP program.
Davida Patterson, [email protected]
School Counselor
AP Coordinator

**Reflects College Board’s 2024 fee increase.

**See Mrs. Patterson in the Counseling Office if you are not sure if you are eligible for the fee reduction.