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The Advanced Placement Program is Fort Collins High’s most academically challenging and rigorous program. We are proud to offer twenty-four college level courses ranging from AP Biology to AP World History. The FCHS Advanced Placement teachers are some of the most highly educated in the Poudre School District, with almost all of them holding at least one master’s degree, and several holding more than one graduate degree. FCHS students receive university-level instruction, utilizing the same text and materials as their counterpart courses in the university. Advanced Placement courses are not only the best college preparatory courses available to high school students, but students may also earn university credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Research has consistently confirmed that students who complete AP course are well prepared for the university challenge and are highly successful in their quest to obtain a college degree
At FCHS, we teach AP courses, and we teach them very, very well. Our students consistently outperform local, state, and national averages on highly competitive national Advanced Placement examinations, and our students are eligible every year for literally hundreds of hours of university credit given their performance on those exams.
FCHS students consistently score above the national average on AP exams and this year was no different. In May 2020, 431 students, nearly 25 % of the total school population took 808 Advanced Placement national exams. 82% of these students received a scores of three or higher.
ATTENTION Advanced Placement Students and Parents!
Important Registration Information 2020-21.pdf
Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. At FCHS, students are encouraged to take AP exams for the AP classes in which they are enrolled. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition. This year each AP exam costs $95.00. FCHS is committed to supporting all students to be able to take AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Ms Elizabeth Hale at 488-8002 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Fort Collins High School is proud to be the first high school in Poudre School District to offer our high school diploma with an Advanced Placement Endorsement. Students who meet the criteria set out below will be awarded a diploma this spring with an embossed, gold seal signifying this special honor. Diploma covers will be lettered with the Advanced Placement Endorsement identification, and students who have earned this academic honor will receive special recognition at graduation. At the 2020 Graduation ceremony in July, 49 seniors received an AP Endorsed Diploma.
Students who meet the following criteria will be awarded the Endorsement:
- Completion of five (5), yearlong Advanced Placement courses. Completing two (2) semester long courses (AP Macroeconomics and AP U.S. Government) will count for one yearlong course.
- The courses must be completed within three (3) distinct academic areas: The Arts, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and World Languages.
- Students must complete each semester of each course with a minimum grade of B.
- Students do not have to meet an overall grade point average or take any of the national examinations to be eligible for this endorsement.
- Completing one semester of a yearlong course does not meet any of the requirements for the endorsement.
If you believe you are eligible for this Endorsement or will be eligible for this Endorsement with the completion of coursework this academic year, please complete and submit the form linked below no later than March 4, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Forms will be accepted starting Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Only one form per student will be accepted. If you have questions regarding the form contact Elizabeth Hale in the front office. For more information about this special diploma contact Ms. Jennifer Roth, Assistant Principal and Director of Advanced Placement.
Each year College Board honors students who have scored exceptionally well on the national AP Exams with the designation of AP Scholar. FCHS is proud to recognize 158 AP Scholars with an average score of 3.97, based on the results of the Spring 2020 AP Testing. For criteria on the various categories of the AP Scholar Awards, go to: College Board's AP Scholar Awards website
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