AP Courses

College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) has partnered with colleges, universities and high schools to provide students with the opportunity to take college-level course work and exams while still in high school. AP enables willing and academically prepared students to college-level studies while still in high school


  • Provides motivated and academically prepared students the opportunity to earn college credit with a "3" or higher score on their AP exam.
  • AP courses help students develop study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking abilities.
  • AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP exam grades. Students can view an institution's AP credit policy by visiting collegeboard.org or by contacting an institution directly.

Why AP?

  • Students may earn college credit
  • Challenge yourself in the classroom
  • Broaden college and career choices

AP Student Perspective


AP Course Offerings

AP course offerings covers the information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

  • Studio Art
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • Statistics

AP Study Guide- Khan Academy Links:

Biology - https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/ap-biology

Chemistry - https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/ap-chemistry

AP Calculus AB - https://www.khanacademy.org/math/ap-calculus-ab

AP English Language - https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar

AP English Literature - https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar

AP Statistics - https://www.khanacademy.org/math/ap-statistics

AP Studio Art - https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-studio-art-2-d-design

AP US History - https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/ap-us-history

Desert High School AP May 2019 Exams

Week 1 8am Noon
Wed, May 8 English Literature & Comp European History
Thursday, May 9 Chemistry
Friday, May 10 U.S. History Studio Art Submission
Week 2
Monday, May 13 Biology
Tuesday, May 14 Calculus AB
Wednesday, May 15 English Language & Comp
Thursday, May 16 Comparative Government Statistics

Questions: Please e-mail Ms. Truehill at [email protected]

AP Exam Day Must Know Information

When to arrive test day

Please arrive early for testing. Students will be seated and begin each exam administration 15 minutes before the exam start time. DHS is not required to administer tests to students who arrive after the start time per Collegeboard exam rules. View dates and times of exams at www.colleboard.org.


Before exam day, DHS holds a mandatory proadministration session. The purpose of the session is for students to bubble in their basic information that college board requires. Holding proadministration sessions before the day of testing expedites the process on the day of testing, giving students the opportunity to concentrate on pure academics on the day of their test. The dates and times of the proadministration sessions are to be announced.

What to bring test day

DHS gives several AP exams each May. In order to expedite the process of checking students in on test day, please have the following items out and ready to go when you arrive at testing.

  • Photo ID (DHS student ID, driver's license, Military ID)
  • Cell phone (powered off)
  • 2 sharpened pencils (mechanical pencils are not allowed in testing area)
  • 2 black or blue pens
  • Bring a sweater or sweatshirt (no blankets)
  • Snacks (to be left on the stage during testing)
  • Bottled Water (must have label taken off, and placed on the floor below the student's desk during testing)

***Backpacks will be left on the stage during testing and will not be allowed to access them at any time during testing. NO EXCEPTIONS.

****No electronic devices are allowed in the testing room. This includes, but is not limited to: tablets, smartwatches (i.e. Apple Watch, and laptops). ***

Calculator Policy

Test Allowable Calculators College Board Policy Link
AP Calc (AB/ BC) graphing calculator College Board AP Calculus Calculator Policy
AP Statistics graphing calculator with statistical capabilities College Board AP Statistics Calculator Policy
Chemistry scientific or graphing calculator College Board AP Chemistry Calculator Policy
AP Biology Four function calculators with square root and memory keys College Board AP Biology Calculator Policy
  • Calculators are not allowed for other AP Exams, including Microeconomics and Environmental Science
  • For Calculus, Chemistry, Physics or Statistics exams, if a student has a graphing calculator, it must be on the approved calculator list. See the College Board policy link for approved lists.
  • Click here for a list of approved calculators

When finished with exam

Can I leave early when I finish my exam?

No, each student must follow Collegboard exam schedule. We count on students who finish early to be respectful and quiet so that all students have the chance to concentrate and finish. Due to Colleboard regulations, we cannot allow students to read, use electronic devices or do other classwork if they finish their exam early.

Will I be excused from my classes?

Yes, if you are taking a morning exam or the afternoon exam, the attendance office will automatically excuse your from you classes. You are responsible to speak to your teacher to find out if you have any work that you need to do.

Afternoon Exams

Please expect exams to last longer than the actual time that students will be spending testing. For example, although the AP European exam consist of a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes of testing, the students need tome to check in, complete the necessary preliminary information, take breaks between sections, and check out. Most years AP European students are not released until at least 4:30PM. Most other test usually last at least an hour longer than the specified length of student testing.


Ms. Truehill (10th-12th Grade Counselor) is the Advanced Placement Coordinator at DHS. Any questions regarding the AP Program can be addressed to her via email at [email protected]