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Honors and Advanced Placement

Westminster High School offers a wide array of Honors and AP Courses for all students, beginning in the 9th grade year. Students are encouraged to take the most rigorous level of courses in order to prepare themselves for college, career, and life beyond high school.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are classes that are equivalent to first-year college courses. The academic rigor of these classes prepares students for college level studies. Students demonstrate mastery of the curriculum by taking AP Exams in May administered by the College Board. AP courses and exams are recognized by most of the nation’s colleges and universities, including the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems.

AP teachers are specifically trained to deliver instruction beyond the standard curriculum.  They receive regular professional development to stay up to date in their respective subject matters and offer many years of experience in AP course instruction. 

  • AP students experience the academic rigor of college level studies.
  • AP students at WHS earn an extra point towards their Grade Point Average (GPA) when receiving a “C” or better in the course. For example, an “A” in an AP class is 5 points versus 4 points for an “A” in a regular class. This is how many students are able to earn higher than a 4.0 GPA. 
  • AP students can improve their college admission eligibility, earn possible college credit by passing AP Exams, and get a head start for college.
  • AP course is a much better cost than a college level course.