Advanced Placement (AP) Test Policy
An AP course follows the college-board goals, and challenges students with college-level work in both rigor and expectations, and prepares students to take the AP exam. Students enrolled in an AP course undertake a rigorous workload that involves extensive reading, writing, problem solving and critical thinking. Essential to success in these courses is the ability to learn independently outside the classroom. Students receive a weighted grade in Advanced Placement courses.
All students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course are required to take the AP exam for the course at the end of the school year. If a student chooses not to take the AP exam, the AP designation will be removed from the transcript/report card, and the course will be designated as Honors. (Example: AP World History will be listed as World History H). If a student decides in May not to take the chosen AP Exams, then the AP designation will be removed from the final transcript.
For the 2019 AP exams, students at Radnor High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with Internet access. Students requiring financial assistance should contact their guidance counselor.
Online exam registration will begin in early February and end in mid-March. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the confirmation page that is provided at the end and submit payment to RHS. Students are eligible for partial refunds up until the end of April.
Final Exam Opt Out for Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
The goal of an Advanced Placement (AP) course is to prepare students to be successful on the AP exam in May. Throughout the course of a year, a significant amount of work is put forth by teachers and students to prepare for these exams. Students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the exams in May. AP exams are essentially, cumulative course exams.
It is the responsibility of Radnor High School to put our students in a position to be successful on these "high stakes" tests. In order to reduce the burden of over testing, students will be eligible to opt out of the final exam for a particular AP course if they meet the following criteria:
- Must earn a B+ or better for all 4 quarters for the course in question
- Must sit for the AP exam in question
- May not have an "M" for any of the quarter grades or midterm exam for the course.
- Must have all incompletes (I's) resolved for all courses by June 1, and may not use an “I” for the course in question for the 4th quarter.
During the weeks leading up to the AP and Keystone exams, all teachers are asked to be cognizant of the amount of work they are assigning. Effective preparation for the AP exams is crucial to a student’s success. To ensure a student’s workload is balanced, the two weeks prior to the AP exams will be designated for practice exams and review. Based on the College Board’s order of exams, teachers have the ability to assign practice exams, projects, homework and other activities to assist their classes in preparing for the AP exams. If they choose to assign this type of graded review work, teachers must give their course specific practice exams or review assignments during their designated week.
The following courses require an AP Exam:
AP Art History
AP Studio Art
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
Viewpoints on Modern America/AP English
Language and Composition
AP Calculus AB
AP Computer Science A
AP Calculus BC
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP European History
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP World History
AP French Language and Culture
AP German Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture
2021 Advanced Placement exam dates can be found on the CollegeBoard website.