Advanced Placement/Honors

Honors Classes

We offer an optional Honors level English class for freshmen and sophomore students. Honors courses typically incorporate additional reading and writing assignments than are offered in the regular English classes.


Advanced Placement Classes

Westside currently offers 10 AP classes for students seeking a more rigorous schedule. AP courses offered for the 2017-18 school year are listed below.

English 11 – AP Language & Composition
English 12 – AP Literature & Composition
AP Calculus
AP Biology — Summer 2017 assignment found here
AP Physics
AP European History
AP US History — Summer 2017 assignment found here
AP World History
AP Human Geography
AP Studio Art

Students taking AP classes are not required to take AP tests offered by the College Board, but we encourage them to do so.  Because most of the AP class are also available for concurrent credit, a small number of students choose the take the AP test.


Advanced Placement Testing Program

In addition to the Advanced Placement classes offered at Westside, students may take any of the AP tests offered by the College Board at the same time as students in AP classes – the first two weeks of May. These tests cover a challenging curriculum and usually consist of 60-80 multiple choice questions in an hour, followed by two or three essays during the remaining two hours of the test. Tests cost approximately $90 and must be ordered through the School Counselor by the first of April each year. Most colleges will give college credit for a score of 3 or better, while the most selective schools require at least a score of 4. You can check out the AP credit policy for over 1,000 colleges and universities by visiting this portion of the College Board website:  http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp  The following are just some of the over 30 individual tests which can be taken in 22 subject areas:

Biology
Calculus
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
English Language
English Literature
European History
French Language
Government and Politics
Human Geography
Physics
Spanish Language
US History
World History

AP Test Registration Form – This form must be submitted to the School Counselor by the 1st of April to sign up for an AP test.

AP Course Descriptions & Sample Exams – Use this link to the find AP course descriptions and sample exams on the College Board website.

AP Test Results for Westside Students – This document reports scores by Westside students on AP tests in both a cumulative (since 2004) and year-by-year format. *Note that any student may choose to take any AP test regardless of their enrollment in an AP class.