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Monte Vista's AP Program


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (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.


AP Course List
  1. Biology (Sam Sandoval)
  2. Calculus AB (Sang Bai)
  3. English Language (Cody Kuhlken / David Crabtree)
  4. English Literature (Nicole Thomas)
  5. Environmental Science (Christie Hoover-Smelko)
  6. US Government and Politics (Robert Muschek) 
  7. Macro Economics (Steele Wilde) 
  8. Micro Economics(Steele Wilde)
  9. Spanish Language (Marisela Verdugo)
  10. Spanish Literature (Irlanda Lozano)
  11. Statistics (Ana Lara)
  12. Studio Art (Nicole Jenkins)
  13. Psychology (Steve McClure)
  14. US History (Eric Wilson)
  15. World History (Jonathan Geraci)
  16. Computer Science (Megan Forbell)


The College Board, a non-profit private entity maintains, publishes and scores the AP exams. They determine the fee, each year, for each test.
  • Cost for each exam is $95 ($40 non refundable fee if canceled before February 28).
  • Exams ordered after the deadline will incur a $40 late fee. 
Fee Waivers
Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. The current fee is $15.00 for these students.
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”.
Please contact Ms. Mays (E-mail or at 619-660-3021) in the Student Support Center or Magdalena Ransdell(E-mail or at 619-660-3037) in the Finance office for more information. Fees will be collected by October 23, 2020 for the May exams.


Jenny Mays
Monte Vista AP Coordinator/Assistant Principal
Phone: 619-660-3021
David Crabtree
AP English Language/Honors Team Leader
Phone: 619-660-3133
For course specific questions, please contact the teacher of the respective course.


The College Board hosts a very user friendly comprehensive web site at Look for “AP” and you will find massive resources on all the courses, testing, scoring, etc.