Consider the Costs

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Use these estimates to get a general idea of the costs required to launch an AP course. Your actual costs will depend on factorsJump to footnote [1] such as location, class size, existing resources, etc.

Arts

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
Art History $400-$1,400 $2,500-$3,000 $0 $200-$250 $3,100-$4,650
Music Theory $400-$1,400 $1,750-$2,100 $0 $100 $2,250-$3,600
Studio Art: 2-D Design $400-$1,400 $0 $0 $1,650-$2,000 $2,050-$3,400
Studio Art: 3-D Design $400-$1,400 $0 $0 $1,650-$2,000 $2,050-$3,400
Studio Art: Drawing $400-$1,400 $0 $0 $1,650-$2,000 $2,050-$3,400

Materials and equipment assumptions:

  • Art History: $200 for digital projector
  • Music Theory: $100 for recording devices
  • Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, Drawing): $200 for digital projector, $200 for digital camera, and $50 per student materials budget

English

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
English Language and Composition $400-$1,400 $0 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $1,900-$3,200
English Literature and Composition $400-$1,400 $0 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $1,900-$3,200

History

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
European History $400-$1,400 $1,750-$2,100 $1,250-$1,500 $0 $3,400-$5,000
United States History $400-$1,400 $1,750-$2,100 $1,250-$1,500 $0 $3,400-$5,000
World History $400-$1,400 $1,750-$2,100 $1,250-$1,500 $0 $3,400-$5,000

Math and Computer Science

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
Calculus AB $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $2,500-$3,000 $4,400-$6,200
Calculus BC $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $2,500-$3,000 $4,400-$6,200
Computer Science A $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $0 $1,900-$3,200
Statistics $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $2,500-$3,000 $4,400-$6,200

Materials and equipment assumptions:

  • Calculus (AB and BC) and Statistics: $100 per student calculator

Sciences

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
Biology $400-$1,400 $3,000-$3,600 $500-$600 $5,050-$6,050 $8,950-$11,650
Chemistry $400-$1,400 $2,500-$3,000 $500-$600 $4,500-$5,400 $7,900-$10,400
Environmental Science $400-$1,400 $2,000-$2,400 $0 $5,500-$6,600 $7,900-$10,400
Physics 1 and 2 $400-$1,400 $2,000-$2,400 $0 $4,500-$5,400 $6,900-$9,200
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism $400-$1,400 $2,000-$2,400 $0 $4,500-$5,400 $6,900-$9,200
Physics C: Mechanics $400-$1,400 $2,000-$2,400 $0 $4,500-$5,400 $6,900-$9,200

Materials and equipment assumptions:

  • Biology:
    • $3,500 for technology (includes resources such as probeware/sensors to collect data on cellular respiration/photosynthesis, osmosis/diffusion, transpiration, primary productivity, genetics of organisms and animal behavior, etc.)
    • $1,500 for glassware and equipment (includes resources such as flasks, beakers, graduated cylinders, pipettes, Petri dishes, reagents and solutions, incubator, UV light, scales, living organisms, etc.)
    • $50 for four-function calculators
  • Chemistry:
    • $3,000 for technology (includes resources such as probeware/sensors to collect data on molar mass of volatile liquids, molar volume of gases, acid/base titrations, equilibrium constants, Beer’s law, etc.)
    • $1,500 for glassware and equipment (includes resources such as flasks, beakers, graduated cylinders, burettes, pipettes, reagents and solutions, hot plates, magnetic stirrers, Bunsen burners, etc.)
  • Environmental Science:
    • $4,000 for technology (includes resources such as probeware/sensors to collect data on dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, conductivity, salinity, total suspended solids, pH, carbon dioxide, soil moisture and temperature, etc.)
    • $1,500 for field equipment (includes resources such as kick-nets, seines, quadrats, line transects, air sampling devices, water and soil quality kits, and organisms for population studies, etc.)
  • Physics (1, 2 and C):
    • $3,000 for technology (includes resources such as probeware/sensors to collect data on motion, force, temperature, voltage and current, etc.)
    • $1,500 for equipment (includes resources such as ballistic carts, spring scales, inclined planes, tuning forks, resonance tubes, mirrors, concave and convex lenses, prisms and magnets, etc.)

Social Sciences

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
Comparative Government and Politics $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $0 $1,900-$3,200
Human Geography $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $0 $1,900-$3,200
Macroeconomics $400-$1,400 $1,750-$2,100 $1,250-$1,500 $0 $3,400-$5,000
Microeconomics $400-$1,400 $1,750-$2,100 $1,250-$1,500 $0 $3,400-$5,000
Psychology $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $0 $1,900-$3,200
United States Government and Politics $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $0 $1,900-$3,200

World Languages and Culture

Course Professional DevelopmentJump to footnote [2] Textbooks Supplemental Reading Materials and EquipmentJump to footnote [3] Total
Chinese Language and Culture $400-$1,400 $1,650-$2,000 $1,350-$1,600 $300-$350 $3,700-$5,350
French Language and Culture $400-$1,400 $1,650-$2,000 $1,350-$1,600 $300-$350 $3,700-$5,350
German Language and Culture $400-$1,400 $1,650-$2,000 $1,350-$1,600 $300-$350 $3,700-$5,350
Italian Language and Culture $400-$1,400 $1,650-$2,000 $1,350-$1,600 $300-$350 $3,700-$5,350
Japanese Language and Culture $400-$1,400 $1,650-$2,000 $1,350-$1,600 $300-$350 $3,700-$5,350
Latin $400-$1,400 $1,500-$1,800 $0 $0 $1,900-$3,200
Spanish Language $400-$1,400 $1,650-$2,000 $1,350-$1,600 $300-$350 $3,700-$5,350
Spanish Literature and Culture $400-$1,400 $2,500-$3,000 $0 $0 $2,900-$4,400

Materials and equipment assumptions:

  • Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish Language: $300 for digital recorders

Jump to footnote [1] referrer. Existing resources: In many cases, your school will have resources that meet the needs of the AP course, which will significantly reduce these costs.

Jump to footnote [2] referrer. Professional development: These estimates reflect the lowest and highest average costs for an AP Summer Institute in the United States (non–College Board member prices). Travel costs are not included. Costs for AP Summer Institutes will vary by location and subject.

Jump to footnote [3] referrer. Materials and equipment: Student and teacher computers are not included in these costs.