Begin Offering AP Courses

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AP offers 38 courses, each with its own curricular and resource requirements. There are many things to consider when choosing which courses to offer. Your school’s unique culture and needs may help you strategize the subject areas you wish to explore first. Costs may also dictate what you can sustain.

Once a course is chosen, a school must participate in the AP Course Audit process. The AP Course Audit was created at the request of College Board members who sought a means for the College Board to provide teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, and to help colleges and universities more clearly interpret courses marked “AP” on students’ transcripts.

Use the steps below to explore the AP catalog and develop your course offerings:

  • Familiarize yourself with all 38 AP courses. Check for prerequisites — a few courses recommend preliminary course work that your school should offer.
  • Review the curricular and resource requirements for each AP course.
  • Consider the costs for textbooks, supplemental reading, materials, and equipment.
  • Identify students prepared and willing to take AP. Use AP Potential to help identify students.
  • Prepare teachers by registering them for a professional development opportunity prior to teaching AP. The College Board offers numerous free, paid, in-person, and online resources that will help both new and experienced teachers.
  • Complete the AP Course Audit. All schools wishing to label a course “AP” must submit the subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course.

Consider Pre-AP® Strategies

A great way to prepare students for AP is by supporting Pre-AP, a suite of K–12 resources that equips middle and high school teachers with the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in active, high-level learning.

Learn more about how Pre-AP can help build your AP program.