Advanced Placement Courses

What are Advanced Placement courses?

Advanced Placement, or AP for short, courses allow students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. In more than 30 rigorous courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP courses provide willing academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement.

AP Courses at Spring Valley High School

AP Courses and Exams Offered on-site at SVHS

11th Grade:

English Composition

United States History

12th Grade:

Calculus AB


AP Courses Offered Online at SVHS

Art History

Calculus BC

Computer Science A

English Literature

Environmental Science

European History

French Language and Culture

Human Geography




Physics B

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Physics C: Mechanics



US Government and Politics

World History

Exam Scoring & Granting of College Credit or Advanced Program Placement

Each May, students take an AP Course Exam which will determine what (if any) college credits or advanced program placement they will receive.
The AP exam score is a weighted combination of the student’s scores on the multiple-choice section and the free-response sections. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale, but each college or university are responsible for sitting their own credit and placement policies.

5 (pass) = Extremely well qualified

4 (pass) = Well qualified

3 (pass) = Qualified

2 (not pass) = Possibly qualified

1 (not pass) = No recommendation

For most AP subjects, results indicate:

5 = A+ and A

4 = A-, B+, and B

3 = B-, C+, and C

SVHS AP Faculty

Updated List Coming Soon

Important Information

Students and Parents need to pay all test fees at the beginning of the school year. Contact your student’s counselor for information on fees and waivers.

Students who choose not to take the AP exam:

Lose AP course credit

Classes will count ONLY as a general requirement

Letter Grades will NOT count as weighted

Students will take an end of course exam in lieu of the AP Exam