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Stanislaus COE |  BP  6141.5  Instruction

Advanced Placement   

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To encourage Stanislaus County Office of Education students to challenge themselves academically, develop college-level skills, and be more competitive when applying for admission to postsecondary institutions, the County Board of Education shall offer opportunities to high school students to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and pass AP examinations.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the County Office of Education)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)

The County Office desires to provide AP courses at each high school. The County Superintendent of Schools or designee shall recommend subject areas for AP courses at each school based on student interest and the availability of qualified certificated staff, instructional materials, and other resources. The County Superintendent or designee shall also explore alternative methods of delivering AP courses, such as online courses or distance learning.

The County Superintendent or designee may consult and collaborate with feeder schools to ensure that students are offered the opportunity to take coursework that will prepare them for AP courses.

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

All students who meet course prerequisites shall have equal access to AP courses.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

Grades for AP courses shall be assigned in accordance with County Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

The County Superintendent or designee shall make efforts to encourage students to participate in AP courses and to take end-of-course AP exams by creating support systems for AP students, such as resource centers and programs to recognize student accomplishments. In addition, the County Superintendent or designee may explore partnerships with colleges and universities to help encourage students to pursue postsecondary education.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

To increase the capacity of County Office schools to offer AP courses, the County Superintendent or designee shall provide staff development and support to teachers of such courses. This professional development may include, but is not limited to, opportunities for teachers to obtain information on the curriculum of specific courses, instructional methods, and data-driven decision making; mentoring for prospective teachers of AP courses; and opportunities for staff within the district to share course syllabi and practices.

(cf. 4111/4211/4311 - Recruitment and Selection)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The County Board desires that every County Office AP course receive authorization to use the AP designation by the College Board. To that end, the County Superintendent or designee shall coordinate the process for submitting courses for approval as part of the College Board AP course audit.

Examination Fee

To the extent feasible, the County Office shall reduce the cost of AP examination fees for eligible low-income students. At the beginning of each school year, the County Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of the availability of funds for this purpose and shall provide information on how income-eligible students may apply for funding.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

Legal Reference:


52240-52243 Advanced Placement program


3840 Advanced Placement as program option for gifted and talented students


6534 Advanced Placement exam fee program

Management Resources:



Advancement Via Individual Determination:


California Department of Education:

College Board:

International Baccalaureate:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: April 27, 2009 Modesto, California

revised: February 27, 2015