Advanced Placement

Offering more than 30 subjects, the CollegeBoard’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both—while still in high school. ~CollegeBoard

Advanced Placement courses can be highly beneficial for high school students. Not only does it show college admission committees that students are challenging themselves and can perform at a higher level of instruction, it can also give students a head start on college credit, saving them time and money. AP courses can also prepare students for the types of classes and workload they will experience in college.

Sandpoint High School (SHS) currently offers ten Advanced Placement courses, two of which are offered every other year. AP courses are taught at an accelerated pace and at an advanced level of instruction, requiring a greater time commitment to homework and study than non-AP high school courses.

Because SHS Advanced Placement teachers have been audited and approved by CollegeBoard, all of Sandpoint High School’s AP courses are weighted 5 points on a 4 point scale and are designated as AP on the high school transcript.

Potential College Credit

While not required, AP exams for each course are offered in the spring. A score of 3, 4, or 5 can earn a student college credit, depending on what the institution’s AP credit policy is. Over 2600 colleges worldwide offer college credit for AP scores. These credits give a students a head start, allowing them to save time and money while in college.

Colleges and universities all have different policies on whether or not they accept Advanced Placement credit and what kind of credit they will give for a certain AP test score. Please check the credit policy link (under resources) for specific college’s acceptance policies.


Registration for AP exams is taken care of in the students' AP classes, College Board requires that AP tests must be signed up for by November 1 for May testing.

Not Enrolled at Sandpoint High School?

Students wishing to sit for an AP Exam offered at Sandpoint High School must contact Amanda Skinner, AP Coordinator, at 208-263-3034 ext. 4166 or email.

More Questions or Comments?

For questions or concerns about the AP Program at Sandpoint High School please contact the AP Coordinator, Amanda Skinner at 208-263-3034 ext. 4166 or email.

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