Advanced Placement

The Academy of the Holy Cross offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  AP courses are those for which a College Board Advanced Placement examination exists; the curriculum for these courses follows guidelines established by the College Board and is externally approved each year in which a given course is offered. A qualifying score on an AP exam may give a student credit or advanced standing in that subject in college.

Students who are currently in an advanced-level course within the department in which an AP Course is offered require a grade of B or higher or special departmental approval to enroll in further AP courses; students in On-level courses require a B+ or higher, or special departmental approval. 

All students who enroll in an AP Course are required to take the AP exam, offered in the spring of the year.  Students who do not complete this exam will not be granted weighted AP credit on their transcript. 

Visit the College Board's AP Student website by following this link


Exam Fees:

AP Courses have fees associated with their culminating examination.  For the May 2017 exam session, the cost for each AP exam is $93.

There is a late registration fee of $10 per exam, when applicable.

Exam Registration:

Students who will be taking AP exams are asked to complete a registration form and submit all fees by Tuesday, February 21st, 2017.  That form is available for download here.  

There will be two pre-administration sessions in April, prior to the Easter Holiday; information about these sessions will be emailed to students.  

Learning Accommodations with the College Board:

The College Board has a specific process for students who may be eligibile for learning accommodations.  Information about this process and eligibility is available here.  School accommodations are not identical to College Board accommodations and students do not automically qualifiy based upon school-based accommodations they receive.  For students to receive College Board accommodations, they must already have a formal accommodation plan in place at Holy Cross.  Use of testing accommodations without College Board approval results in cancellation of scores.

Requests for testing accommodations with the College Board are managed by the Director of the St. Mary's Resource Center (SMRC), Denisha Hagan. The deadline for submission of requests is early February.  Please contact Denish Hagan with questions: or (301) 929-6467


Timeline for exams:

Monday, January 23:  exam registration is available; forms and fees should be submitted to the box in the Student Services Office, Room 96.  The exam registration form is available for download here.  

Mid-February:  submission of accommodation requests due to College Board.  Please contact Denisha Hagan, Direct of St. Mary's Resource Program (SMRC), with questions or (301) 929-6467.

Tuesday, February 21:  final day to submit registration forms and fees; after this date, a late fee of $10 will be applied when submission is still possible.  Students submitting forms and fees after this date may not be able to participate in the May exam.

Tuesday, April 4:  preadministration session in the Theatre at 2:45 pm; all registered AP students will receive a direct email communication from Christopher Mathews to remind them of this session. Preadministration allows students to complete the identifying information section of the AP exam in advance and save time on the exam day.   

Wednesday, April 5:  preadministration session in the Theatre during Lunch Period; all registered AP students will receive a direct email communication from Christopher Mathews to remind them of this session.  Preadministration allows students to complete the identifying information section of the AP exam in advance and save time on the exam day.   

July:  AP scores are available in early July.  Students will receive a direct communication, by email, from the College Board when scores become available.   

Please note:  conflicts between AP and IB exams are managed by Christopher Mathews (AP Coordinator) and Dale Placek (IB Coordinator).  Students who have questions about AP conflicts should email or speak to Mr. Mathews (see contact information below). 


Questions?  Contact the AP Coordinator:

If you have questions about the AP Program or examinations, please contact:

Christopher Mathews ( - (301) 929-6457

AP Courses in 2016-2017 Program of Studies include:


AP English Language & Composition

AP Literature & Composition


History and Social Studies

AP US Government

AP Comparative Gov. &  Politics

AP US History

AP Psychology (online)





AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics



AP Biology

AP Physics C Mechanics


Visual Arts

AP Art History


AP Language Exams Note:  students who are interested in writing the culminating AP examination in a World Languages course after completion of IB Spanish, IB French, or IB Latin may arrange to do so in consultation with the Chair of the Department of World Languages and the Assistant Principal for Academics. 


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