Enrollment Guidelines

HPS supports any student who wants to accept the challenges of an advanced class. The opportunity to be in Advanced Placement (AP) classes’ carries with it certain assumptions about the capabilities and maturity of students completing the college level work that AP courses represent. AP coursework requires students to engage in more independent analytical reading, academic discourse, and writing assignments, both inside and outside the classroom.

Students with disabilities are allowed the same opportunity to participate in Pre-AP and AP classes as their non-disabled peers. The same eligibility criteria and expectations would apply to these students, but they can receive an accommodation in an advanced class, unless that accommodation would alter the content or academic standards of the Pre-AP or AP class. The student must also be eligible to receive the accommodation in a regular class.

College Board can allow students with disabilities to use accommodations in exams including AP exams if it is shown that these students ’disabilities affect their test participation. Campus Special Education Coordinator and High School Counselor can be contacted for College Board accommodation request process and more.

The following AP enrollment guidelines will be used to match the level and complexity of the AP curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the students. The campus AP Committee has the right to make collaborative enrollment decisions and process appeals.

Phase 1. Registering for an AP Class Flowchart

The following 2 flowcharts summarize the registration and enrollment process for an AP Class.

During the Phase 1, students decide which AP classes they would like to register for and confirm the maximum number of concurrent AP classes. PSAT (AP Potential) scores are used during the strategic placement of students into AP classes. PSAT (AP Potential) allows to identify “students who are likely to score a 3 or higher on a given AP® Exam based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, and starting this year the PSAT™ 8/9, PSAT™ 10, or SAT®. AP Potential is rooted in a long line of research showing moderate to strong correlations between PSAT/NMSQT® scores and AP Exam results, and that PSAT/ NMSQT scores are stronger predictors of students’ AP Exam scores than the more traditional factors such as high school grades and grades in same-discipline course work.”

Decisions to register can be appealed via the campus AP Committee.

January – February: timeline is subject to change based on campus

Phase 2. Completing Summer Assignment and Contract Flowchart

Final decision to enroll and start the AP course is contingent upon the completion of the summer assignment and signing of the AP contract.


  • Summer work must be completed prior to the beginning of second week
  • Students and parents must sign an AP contract and agree with the AP course guidelines

August – September: timeline is subject to change based on campus

AP Committee will consider the following indicators when making a final decision to enroll a student into an AP class:

  • AP Potential – PSAT
  • SAT/TSI/ACT and other test data
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Previous AP Experience
  • AP Exams
  • GPA

Students in AP Courses are expected to:

  • Be independent learners that are willing to read, learn, and ask questions as well as pursue outside reading and research
  • Discuss and share material relevant to the course in a collegial manner
  • Spend adequate time every week studying or in tutorials to avoid falling behind
  • Accept that enrollment in an AP course does not guarantee an A or B grade
  • Openly accept assignments, suggestions, and coaching from the teacher
  • Maintain a level of academic integrity that reflects the college level of an AP course
  • Thoughtfully select their course load
  • Prepare to take the AP exam in May for the course(s) in which they are enrolled
  • Comply with any amendments to these expectations that their AP teacher chooses to implement.

Students are expected to take the following action in order to avoid falling behind an AP course:

  • Confer with their AP teacher weekly before/after school or
    via email
  • Take immediate action in coordination with their AP
    teacher; this could include attending tutorials, completing
    supplemental work, or other appropriate action.

Pre-AP Program

The Pre-AP Program serves as a stepping stone for students in preparation for rigorous AP courses. Participation provides students with a powerful opportunity to acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning.

Enrollment Guidelines for Pre-AP:

The campus AP Committee has the right to make collaborative enrollment decisions based on college readiness indicators and process appeals.