Advanced Placement at PHS

Poway High offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses. As outlined by the College Board, Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to take a college-level course in a high-school setting. All AP courses at Poway have been certified and audited by the College Board, and are current in their requirements and preparation.

The rigor of AP courses provides students with a setting that will prepare them for future college courses. In addition, students who score sufficiently high on the AP Exams can earn college credits for their efforts.
Students interested in enrolling in an AP course should speak to their counselor and current subject area teacher for more information. While Poway High follows the College Board's open access and equity policy, several courses involve summer coursework to prepare for the class. Information about this coursework is given during registration in the spring trimester.

AP  Testing Information 2020-2021

  • All AP® class students will be able to join an online version of their AP® Course where they can access resources! (Including access to Khan Academy resources designed for AP®) All for Free! All using College Board® vetted materials including test questions!
  • All students will 'Join' their online AP® Group section via MyAP at with a class specific JOIN CODE obtained from their AP® teacher at the start of the school course.
  • Students who choose to take the AP Exams in May, will follow TWO steps to complete Exam Registration:
    1. Pay for their AP Exam fees by the deadlines (attached*) for their courses through the APTS website for our school.  *No more paying at the finance window*
    2. Once payment is confirmed, students will receive a confirmation email with a join code to register for the Exam ONLY section on MyAP.
  • Students will not need to bubble in personal information on exam materials on or before exam day; instead students will have personalized materials pre-made based on the information they provided on MyAP!
  • We will NOT offer Standby testing any longer, so plan accordingly.  This will be true for every high school that offers AP exams.
  • 2021 AP Exam Schedule 
  • 2021 AP Exam Registration Dates/Deadlines and Fees - TBA
  • 2021 AP Exam Registration Instructions - TBA
  • 2021 AP Fee Reduction Steps - TBA
  • 2021 AP Student Bulletin - TBA
  • 2021 Bring/Do Not Bring List for AP Exams - TBA
  • 2021 AP Room Assignments - TBA

Information about Advanced Placement

  • Questions about taking Advanced Placement courses can be directed to your counselor.
  • AP Course Time Commitment Calculator - These charts will help calculate the time commitment you are signing up for when signing up for multiple AP courses.
  • AP Course FAQs - Frequently asked questions and answers regarding AP Courses at PHS.
  • AP Course Progression - AP course progression and recommendations for success in AP courses.
  • Summer Assignments - Some AP courses require summer assignments. If you are registered for an AP course in the fall, make sure you check the list for any work due the first day of class.

Advanced Placement Courses and Instructors for

AP Course   Current Teacher
AP Biology 3-4 Chrispeels, Arno
AP Calculus AB 1-2 Adam, Michelle
AP Calculus BC 1-2 Zeis, Kyle
AP Chemistry 3-4 Manly, Tony
AP Computer Science A 1-2 Woldseth, Kelly
AP Computer Science Principles 1-2 Woldseth, Kelly
AP English Language 1-2 (APEL) -11th grade McMillan, Katie
Rangel, Erica
AP English Literature 1-2 - 12th grade Graber, John
AP Environmental Science 1-2 Van Pelt, Sharla
AP European History 1-2 - 10th grade  Talley, Robert
AP French Language 7-8 Dugo, Milena
AP German Language 7-8 Von Ehrenstein-Smith, Marion
AP Government & Politics 1-2 -12th grade Lewis, Curtis
Waasted, Jacob
AP Human Geography 1-2 McKee, Jordan
AP Physics C: Mech 1-2 Casey-O'Brien, Lisa
AP Psychology 1-2 Ambort, Breezy
Coats, Scott
AP Spanish Language 1-2 Tovar, Julie
AP Statistics 1-2 Sebastian, Susan
AP Studio Art: 2D 1-2 (Photography) Jaffe, Aaron
AP Studio Art: 3D 1-2 (Ceramics) Parr, Todd
AP Studio Art: Drawing 1-2 Hensey, Heidi
AP U.S. History 1-2 (APUSH) -11th grade Lewis, Curtis
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