Advanced Placement Program


Advanced Placement Program in New Haven Public Schools


District AP Coordinator- Linda Powell


  • 21 different AP courses offered in NHPS
  • Currently 970 NHPS students take 1650 classes / AP exams
  • One or more AP class(es) offered in 10 New Haven High Schools
  • Every NHPS AP teacher College Board “authorized” to teach AP class(es)


What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Program?

 A College Board entity which oversees AP classes and AP Exams 

·      A collaboration among motivated students, dedicated and highly-trained teachers, and committed high schools, colleges, and universities 

·      A rigorous set of university-level courses and exams which allow high schools students to earn college credit while still in high school 


      Who should be involved in the AP Program?

·      Every college-bound junior and senior 

·      Every student who wants a highly-challenging academic course 


         What are the academic benefits of the AP Program?

·      Learn the subject in greater depth

·      Develop analytical reasoning skills

·      Form disciplined study habits

·      Gain confidence by meeting challenge of university-level course

·      Gain experience of university-level work with support of high school

·      AP courses earn higher points in determining GPA

·      Earn College Board AP Scholar status


          What are the college benefits from AP courses?

·      Many colleges and universities award credit or placement for qualifying scores of 3 or higher on the AP Exam-check each institution’s credit policy at

·      Success in AP courses on student transcripts important factor in college admissions

·      According to the College Board, research shows that students who successfully complete AP courses earn higher GPA in college and graduate earlier


What it cost to take AP classes/AP exams?

·      There is no cost to students – NHPS, the College Board, and the State of Connecticut pay the $84 exam fee for every student


Important Documents:

NHPS District AP Contract 2016-2017 (English)

NHPS District AP Contract Income Survey (Spanish)

NHPS District Courses

2017 AP Exam Schedule