Red Mountain Advanced Placement (AP)

We are proud to offer a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses to provide our students with a strong foundation for their post-secondary plans. AP classes are rigorous, full-year college level classes intended to prepare students for the highest level of college success.  Students enrolled in AP courses are expected to participate in the end of course exam. Many colleges and universities award college credits or waive requirements based for students who achieve high enough marks on these exams.  

Red Mountain High School is honored to have been selected as the only comprehensive high school in Arizona to offer the AP Capstone Diploma Designation.

AP Capstone™ is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to compliment and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Participating schools can use the AP Capstone program to provide unique research opportunities for current AP students, or to expand access to AP by encouraging students to master the argument-based writing skills that the AP Capstone program develops.

In addition to these two required courses, students will complete a minimum of four (4) additional Advanced Placement courses to complete the Capstone Diploma Designation at Red Mountain HS.

What is AP?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. All AP courses are taught by AP trained instructors and the curriculum for the various subjects is approved through College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators.

Is there a charge to take an AP course?

No. They are free. However, the national exam will cost $94. Colleges do not charge for credits earned from AP classes.

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. Check to see when your AP Exam is scheduled here.

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 the College Board website.

How do I sign up for an AP course?

AP courses are year long, and you sign up for them during registration. Make sure you pay attention to the prerequisite for the AP courses in which you are interested and plan ahead by securing those prerequisites early.