• Advanced Placement

    Updates on Advanced Placement in PGCPS



    September 15, 2017 - Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) aims to provide all students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous instruction through Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Taking AP courses allow students to engage in classes that are taught on a college level and designed to prepare them for the rigors of college work.

    PGCPS will continue to support and encourage students to take AP classes. However, we will only pay for the exams taken by students who meet the following criteria:

    1. Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program Students: The cost of exams will be covered for students who fall in this category and maintain a grade of “C” or higher during the first two quarters.
    2. Non-Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program Students with Three or Fewer AP Courses: Students taking three or fewer AP courses will be responsible for paying their own exams. Parents may want to consider using the same benchmark measure of a grade of “C” or higher as a determining factor in paying for the exams.
    3. Non-Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program Students with Four or More AP Courses:  Students must maintain a “C” or higher in order for the exam to be eligible for payment. Parents will be responsible for paying for the first three exams. PGCPS will cover the cost of exams for students taking four or more AP courses in excess of the first three exams students take per family.


    Student Category

    Number of Exams

    Family Pays for Exams

    PGCPS Pays for Exams

    FARMS Students




    Non-FARMS Students

    3 or fewer



    Non-FARMS Students

    4 or more


    The first three exams.


    Any exam in excess of the first three exams.


    Teachers will provide students with the same rigorous instructional opportunities in the classroom that serve to prepare them for the AP exams they will take at the end of the year.


    About Advanced Placement Courses  

    • Developed by The College Board to facilitate the transition of high school students into successful college experiences 
    • Allows students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school  
    • Designed to prepare students to take and pass the AP course examinations.  
    • College credit is awarded to students who meet specific college or university requirements  
    • Open enrollment  

    Popular Courses




    Social Studies  

    Social Sciences  

    World Languages 


    English Language  



    American Government and Politics  


    Spanish Literature  

    Spanish Language  

    Studio Art 2D and 3D  

    Studio Drawing  

    English Literature  


    Calculus AB  

    World History  

    Human Geography 

    French Language  

    Art History  


    Physics Physics 1 Physics B Physics C  

    Computer Science  

    US History  

    Macro and Micro Economics 


    Music Theory  


    Environmental Science  






    **Course offerings may vary by school and include more than listed – please verify with School Counselors  

    Advanced Placement Preparation

    Online preparation for the AP exams can be found at the following links: 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What can a student do to be successful in an AP class?
    • Attend classes regularly. 
    • Study on a regular basis, and review all notes periodically. 
    • Read the textbook and assignments, and complete all work. 
    • Form a study group, attend study sessions, and tutorials. 

    How can parents help their children be successful in an AP course? 

    • Review the course expectations and requirements. 
    • Monitor class attendance, assignments, and grades. 
    • Discuss concerns with the assigned teacher and/or guidance counselor. 

    Why Take an Advanced Placement Exam?

    • Measure the level of achievement in the AP course. 
    • High scores earn college credit at some colleges/universities. 
    • Save money on credits acquired before entering a college/university. 
    • Earn honors status in some colleges/universities. 
    • Decrease the amount of time required to earn a degree. 

    How are AP courses weighed?

    A:     Students receive numerical grades throughout the quarters and at the end their  numerical grade is converted into a letter grade for the transcript and given the weight by the formula:

    The following numerical equivalents will be used in computing the GPA from report card letter grades:    A = 4.00     B = 3.00     C = 2.00     D = 1.00      E = 0.00  

    B.     For additional weighting at the high school level, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and selected advanced Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses are approved. See Administrative Procedure              5128 for a list of weighted grade courses. Seminar courses will not receive weighted grades. Additional courses may be approved system-wide by the Superintendent. In computing the GPAs from report card letter grades, the following numerical equivalents will be used: AP and IB Grading Factor ranges are: 

            A = 5.00     B = 4.00     C = 3.00     D = 2.00      E = 0.00     

            A = Excellent progress toward meeting course objectives and learning outcomes (90-100%).

            B = Above average progress toward meeting course objectives and learning outcomes (80-89%).     

            C = Average progress toward meeting course objectives and learning outcomes (70-79%).

            D = Below Average progress toward meeting course objectives and learning outcomes (60-69%).

            E = Failure toward meeting course objectives and learning outcomes (0-59%)

    Contact Information


    Edrika Hall 
    Instructional Specialist   

    Academic Programs
    Instructional Support Services Center  
    9201 East Hampton Drive
    Capitol Heights, MD 20743 
    (301) 808-8275