Boulder High Advanced Placement Program

As an Advanced Placement (AP) Focus School, Boulder High offers one of the most comprehensive programs in the state, with 30 AP courses across multiple disciplines and grade levels.
In 2018, 1,698 AP exams in 30 subject areas were given. Scores of 3 or higher (of a possible 5) were achieved by 81.7% of students who tested, and resulted in 100 AP Scholars, 49 AP Scholars with Honors, 168 AP Scholars with Distinction, 54 AP National Scholars, and 1 AP International Diploma.
Boulder High School has been designated by the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education as an Advanced Placement (AP) focus school. The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and the colleges and universities.
We offer the largest Advanced Placement program in our district as measured by the 30 AP courses offered across a variety of disciplines. Boulder High students undertake college-level academic learning in the AP courses, and are given the opportunity to show that they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP exams. Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both from thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the Advanced Placement Program.
The Boulder High School Diploma with AP designation is a source of pride for many of our graduates and a source of encouragement for students to commit to a rigorous course of study.
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Environmental Science
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
World Languages
French Language
German Language
Spanish Literature
Spanish Language
Social Studies
World History
European History
Unites States History
U.S. Government
Human Geography
Language Arts
English Lit & Comp
English Lang & Comp

Music Theory
Art History
Studio Art
Computer Science
Computer Sci A                      Computer Science Principles
AP Testing
AP Test Dates and Information Approved Calculators
Registration Instructions

 Summer Assignments
Many Advanced Placement classes include a summer assignment.
See AP
Summer Assignments & Reading for specific assignments available online.

Is an AP Diploma Available?

Yes. The Boulder High AP diploma is offered to students who meet diploma criteria. These students will be awarded the diploma at their graduation ceremony.
This program is intended to encourage students traditionally underrepresented in AP courses to commit to a rigorous course of study for their high school years.

Do Teachers Receive Special Training?

Yes. All Boulder High School AP teachers have participated extensively in AP teacher training. AP teacher professional development workshops of one day and up to three weeks are offered year-round at sites in the United States and abroad. They are organized and run by College Board offices and/or independent educational institutions, and they are funded by a combination of participant fees and grants or donations. Each workshop focuses on an AP subject, specialized training in a particular discipline, or management of an AP course.

How Do Students Get College Credit for AP Classes?

Students in AP courses learn as much, or more, than students taking the same courses in college, so students who do well in AP may receive college credit. When the evidence of that achievement is a satisfactory grade on a rigorous national examination, the case for credit is even stronger. Many colleges and universities give credit to students transferring from other colleges, usually crediting courses in which students have a grade of C or better. An AP exam score of 3 or higher is better validated and probably represents a higher standard than these transfer grades. Individual colleges award credit for AP classes in accordance to their own guidelines. Contact universities directly for more information.

The Advanced Placement Focus Program meets strict credit/placement criteria of selective colleges and universities on the basis of rigorous national examinations. The evidence of AP students’ achievement is not only a teacher’s grade, but also the results on a carefully designed national examination. AP exams are prepared by committees of college faculty and AP teachers, and are graded by other college and AP teachers, who ensure that the content and skills that are required reflect college-level achievement.

AP Grade Reports are sent in July to each student’s home, high school, and any college(s) designated by the student. At the time of the exam, students can indicate on their answer sheet if they would like a college to receive their grade. After the exam, they can write to the AP Program and request that the grade be sent to other colleges as well. Students may also cancel or withhold a grade by contacting the AP Program by June 15 of the testing year.

How Are BHS Students Prepared for AP Classes?

AP classes at Boulder High School are open to any student who meets the necessary course sequence. Some AP classes have no prerequisites, such as AP Language and Composition, AP Art History, and AP U.S. History. Any student interested in pursuing a challenging, rigorous, college-level course while in high school can simply register for these classes. For example, students who wish to take AP Calculus must first successfully complete Pre-Calculus. Students who wish to take AP Spanish 5 must first complete Spanish 4. Most AP classes currently taught at BHS are taken by juniors and seniors who, with adequate planning, can take any AP class offered that they desire. Numerous advanced (honors) classes are available for freshmen and sophomores planning to take AP classes as juniors and seniors. These classes have weighted grades, as do all AP classes.

For more information about the Advanced Placement Program and the College Board, go to