Advanced Placement at West Hills

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: What are they?

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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. Students who have taken an AP course but who opt out of the AP exam have had a more rigorous course than other students on campus and are better prepared for their future. For the purpose of computing grade point averages within the Grossmont Union High School District, Advance Placement courses carry a “weighted” 5-point “A”.

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

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 2016-17 school year, the fee is $93 per test. For low income families, there are fee waivers available. Please contact Mrs. DuFloth in the administration office for more information in February when it becomes available. Fees are collected in March each year for the May exams. To pay your student’s total bill, you will need to have your student bring to the finance office (during regular student hours) either a money order, a cashiers check made out to “West Hills High School”, or cash. You may also order on-line in the ASB store but there is a surcharge for this. 

What AP courses does West Hills offer?
  • Art History (not offered 2016-17)
  • Art Studio
  • Biology 
  • Calculus (AB)
  • Chemistry 
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science 
  • German
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History
What if my student has a testing conflict?

Late testing is available in very rare and unique circumstances and for CIF playoffs. The College Board will not allow late testing for illness (unless serious with doctor’s note or hospitalization), vacation, etc. Students should talk with the AP Coordinator, Mrs. DuFloth, in the Assistant Principal’s office as soon as a conflict is known, particularly for CIF athletic competition needs.

Where can I get more information regarding the AP program?

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

For course specific questions, please contact the West Hills teacher teaching the course your student is enrolled in.

You can also contact West Hills AP Coordinator, Assistant Principal Joann DuFloth at 619-956-0422 or by e-mail at jdufloth@guhsd.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please put your student’s name and “AP question” in the subject line so the e-mail reaches Mrs. DuFloth and is not filtered out.