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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: What are they?
AP courses are college-level courses taught at the high school. Students are taught a rigorous depth
and breadth of material following the College Board required elements for each course. The purpose of
the AP program is to enable students to be competitive with other students throughout the nation on challenging AP exams. Successfully completing these exams allows students to earn college credit for
courses taken in high school and is a bonus for students and their families when facing the rising costs
of college education.
We encourage all AP students to pay for and take the AP exam in the subjects they are enrolled in.
Some colleges will not acknowledge the AP course in a student’s transcript if they have not attempted
the exam(s) for courses in which they are enrolled. We strongly encourage you and your student
review college admissions policies for the college(s) and university(ies) of your choice to make an
informed decision on taking the exam or not. Even within the California State University (CSU) and
the University of California (UC) systems, policies vary from college to college, university to university.
Frequently Asked Questions
What AP courses does Monte Vista offer?
Calculus (AB) / (BC) (Brian Carpenter)
AP exams cost money. Why does a student have to pay for an exam at a public school?
The AP level coursework is an elective level of rigor. Students must choose to enroll and stay
in AP courses. The College Board, a non-profit private entity maintains, publishes and scores
the AP exams. They determine the fee, each year, for each test. For the 2016-2017 school
year, the fee was $92 per test.
Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. In 2016 the fee was $5.00. Please contact Mr. Garcia (E-mail or at 619-660-3165) in the Student Support Center or Mrs. Wilson (E-mail or at 619-660-3037) in the Finance office for more information. Fees
will be collected by March 13, 2017 for the May exams.
To pay your student’s total bill, you will need to have one of the following:
Cashier's Check, Money Order, Check, Cash, Credit or Debit Card
Make checks or money orders out to “Monte Vista High School”. You may also order on-line
in the ASB store but there is a surcharge for this.
Where can I get more information regarding the AP program?
The College Board hosts a very user friendly comprehensive web site at www.collegeboard.org.
Look for “AP” and you will find massive resources on all the courses, testing, scoring, etc.
You can also contact:
Jose Garcia, Monte Vista AP Coordinator/Assistant Principal
Phone: 619-660-3165 Email,
David Crabtree, AP English Language/Honors Team Leader
Phone: 619-660-3133 Email.
For course specific questions, please contact the teacher of the respective course.