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Advanced Placement (AP)

Durango High School participates in the College Board’s national Advanced Placement Program. Currently, we offer AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP US History, AP European History, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A and AP Statistics. We continue to grow our program based on student requests and the ever changing demands for career and college readiness.  Any student in grades 9-12 who feel that he/she can be successful in these rigorous classes is eligible to participate!


What is an AP class?

Advanced placement courses are the equivalent of introductory college courses, and each course culminates in a national examination. Students who take an advanced placement course are expected to take the national examination. AP final exams are scored on a scale from 1 to 5. “Success” on an AP exam is defined as an exam score of 3 or higher, which is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to do well in college and earn a bachelor’s degree. In 2015, 81% of DHS students scored a 3 or higher, compared to 62% in Colorado, and 61% globally!


What supports are available to students in AP classes?

As part of the Colorado Education Initiative and Legacy Schools, our goal at DHS is to not only encourage all students to participate in rigorous academic classes, but to also truly support their efforts by holding extra study sessions and AP Webinars on nights and weekends, providing students additional resources they may need to be successful, and to be alongside them as they strive to challenge themselves, earn college credit while in high school, and to broaden their college and career choices.


AP courses are engaging!

Tackle challenging topics head on and go deeper into subjects that interest you. Discuss and debate opinions with your peers and your instructors.


Let colleges know you’re serious about your education and ready to be a college student.

Having AP classes on your transcripts shows you’re prepared to challenge and apply yourself to higher level studies. AP classes will help you develop the study skills you’ll need to be successful at the college level.


Earn college credit while still in high school.

Qualifying scores on the end of course exam allow you to skip intro courses in college. Depending on the course, and the college, certain qualifying scores count toward college graduation. This helps save money on college tuition costs and helps you graduate on time and even early!


Are AP classes right for you?

Learn more about AP at exploreap.org. You can watch videos here and listen to AP students talk about their experiences.


Remember, our goal at DHS is to encourage ALL students who have the desire to challenge themselves to try an AP course. All students are capable, and we will support you!