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The Advanced Placement program is Fort Collins High School’s most academically challenging and rigorous program. Over one quarter of our student body is engaged in twenty-four college courses ranging from AP Biology to AP United States History.
In May 2017, 424 Fort Collins High students took 790 Advanced Placement exams in 23 different subjects, nearly 25% of the total student population. FCHS students consistently score above the national and global average on AP exams, with 83.8 percent of our students receiving scores of 3 or higher.
The FCHS AP teaching corps is the most highly educated group of teachers in Poudre School District with almost all of them holding at least one master’s degree, and several holding more than one graduate degree. Fort Collins High School 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 courses 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.
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ATTENTION Advanced Placement Students and Parents!
Students at FCHS will be registering ON-LINE for their 2019 AP exams. This registration will take only a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/060590. Registration is not complete until students have printed the confirmation page that is provided at the end and paid for the exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. To pay for the exams, students will need to bring the confirmation page and payment (check or credit card) to Ms. Lindsey Terrel, the FCHS bookkeeper located in the Main Office. She can be contacted at 488-8019 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To avoid late fees, please plan to register and pay for AP exams by March 29, 2019.
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 $94.00. 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 email@example.com to learn more.
Fort Collins High School was the first high school in Poudre School District to offer the prestigious Advanced Placement Endorsed Diploma. Students who complete the equivalent of five, yearlong AP courses in three different academic arenas with grade of B or higher are eligible to receive this special diploma. In May of 2018 sixty-three of our graduates were so honored. To receive this endorsement, seniors need to complete the form (see link below) and return it to the AP Coordinator in the Main Office. For more information about this special diploma contact Ms. Jennifer Roth, Assistant Principal and Director of Advanced Placement. .AP Diploma Endorsement Form.pdf
Each year the College Board, parent company of the Advanced Placement Program, honors students who have scored exceptionally well on national Advanced Placement Examinations. Fort Collins High School is proud to recognize 162 AP Scholars with an average score of 4.16 based on the results of the Spring 2018 Advanced Placement Testing. For criteria on the various categories of the AP Scholar Awards, go to College Board's AP Scholar Awards website - you are leaving the FCHS website and FCHS is not responsible for the content.
***Students who cancel an exam by Friday, March 29, 2019, will receive a full refund of the exam fee. ($94)
***Students who cancel an exam by Thursday, April 18, 2019, will receive a refund of the exam fee minus a cancellation fee of $24.00 (per exam cancelled).
***Beginning Friday, April 19, 2019 there are no refunds.