District Celebrates Advanced Placement Student Success

Aug 30, 2021

Six out of every 10 graduates in the Frisco ISD Class of 2021 passed at least one Advanced Placement exam over their high school career. The District is tremendously proud of these students and their success as many of them begin their college and postsecondary classes this week.

The Frisco ISD Advanced Placement program is open to all high school students and includes 32 AP courses that span all subject areas. Starting with freshmen who can sign up for AP Human Geography, the AP program provides students a pathway to earn college credit while in high school. 

The rigorous, college-level courses align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the College Board standards and skills. Students may earn college credit by taking the AP exam in May and scoring a 3 or higher.

Across the District, more than 8,859 FISD high school students took 19,176 AP exams over the course of the 2020-21 school year. This is 402 students and 1,300 exams more than the previous school year.

As District AP programming expands, student success continues to remain high. Of the 19,176 AP Exams taken in the 2020-21 school year by all FISD high school students, 71% of the AP Exams earned a score of a 3, 4 or 5 making the student eligible to earn college credit

Of the students who took AP Exams in the 2020-21 school year, 3,259 students earned an AP Scholar Award or AP Capstone Award for high performance. AP Scholar Award winners are those students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, while students who completed and scored a 3 or higher in an AP Seminar and Research course and scored a 3 or higher on four additional AP courses were recognized with an AP Capstone Diploma.

Through AP coursework, students get a head start on college-level coursework, improve critical thinking and writing skills, develop study habits for tackling rigorous coursework, save money by earning credit during high school and get the opportunity to delve deeper into subjects they are passionate about.

Students interested in partaking in AP exams are encouraged to participate in Advanced coursework. All AP courses, as well as Advanced courses, are open enrollment. All students who are interested in an AP course subject and are willing to accept the challenge of rigorous coursework are encouraged to enroll in an AP course. Access the FISD middle and high school course catalogs to plan ahead.

Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers who worked hard to ensure that they were ready for AP testing in May. Learn more about the FISD Advanced Placement program.

2021-22 Advanced Placement Deadlines

There are several deadlines associated with Advanced Placement exams. Check the website to learn about all of the deadlines, fees and testing day procedures.

  • Sept. 7 - Nov. 1, 2021 - Payment for full-year course exams and fall semester course exams is due to Frisco ISD.

  • Oct. 22, 2021 - Home-schooled students must apply by this date to take the tests with Frisco ISD.

  • Nov. 1, 2021 - Students who want to take an AP exam without taking the AP course must register and pay by this deadline.

  • Jan. 19 - Feb. 14, 2022 - Payment for spring semester course exams is due to FISD.

  • Jan. 19 - Feb. 14, 2022 - Late payment for full-year courses and fall semester courses due. 

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