Advanced Placement at Mesa Public Schools
Learn more about Advanced Placement (AP) options at Mesa Public Schools



1. What are AP classes?

These are rigorous, full-year college-level classes intended to prepare students for the highest level of college success. Each AP class ends with a national exam for university credit.

2. What courses are available at Mesa Public Schools?*

  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP US History
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture 
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP French Language and Culture 
  • AP German Language & Culture


3. Is there a charge to take an AP course?

No. They are free. However, the national exam will cost $89. Colleges do not charge for credits earned from AP classes.

4. Do I have to take the AP exam?

Yes. AP students must take the national exam in May. University credit can only be earned on the national exam. 

5. How do I earn college credit from an AP exam?

Students receive a score of 1 (no recommendation) up to 5 (highest recommendation). To find out AP credit and placement policies at many colleges and universities, visit

6. How do I sign up for an AP course?

Pay attention to the prerequisite for the AP course you are interested in taking.


*Course availability subject to change