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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: What are they?

AP courses are college-level courses taught at the high school. Students are taught a rigorous depth 
and breadth of material following the College Board required elements for each course. The purpose of 
the AP program is to enable students to be competitive with other students throughout the nation on challenging AP exams. Successfully completing these exams allows students to earn college credit for 
courses taken in high school and is a bonus for students and their families when facing the rising costs 
of college education. 

We encourage all AP students to pay for and take the AP exam in the subjects they are enrolled in. 
Some colleges will not acknowledge the AP course in a student’s transcript if they have not attempted 
the exam(s) for courses in which they are enrolled. We strongly encourage you and your student 
review college admissions policies for the college(s) and university(ies) of your choice to make an 
informed decision on taking the exam or not. Even within the California State University (CSU) and 
the University of California (UC) systems, policies vary from college to college, university to university.

Frequently Asked Questions

What AP courses does Monte Vista offer?

Calculus (AB) / (BC) (Brian Carpenter)                              Spanish Language (Marisela Verdugo)

English Language (Cody Kuhlken and David Crabtree)  Spanish Literature (Irlanda Lozano)

English Literature (Nicole Thomas)                                   Statistics (Brian Carpenter)

Environmental Science (Marisa Alvarado)                        Studio Art (Jenkins)

US Government and Politics (Mike Kastan)                      Psychology (Steve McClure)

Macro Economics (Mitch Muhleman)                                US History (Mike Kastan  and Eric Wilson)

Micro Economics (Mitch Muhleman)                                 World History (Jonathan Geraci)

AP exams cost money. Why does a student have to pay for an exam at a public school?


The AP level coursework is an elective level of rigor. Students must choose to enroll and stay 
in AP courses. The College Board, a non-profit private entity maintains, publishes and scores 
the AP exams. They determine the fee, each year, for each test. For the 2016-2017 school 
year, the fee was $92 per test.

Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. In 2016 the fee was $5.00. Please contact Mr. Garcia (jgarcia@guhsd.net or at 619-660-3165) in the Student Support Center or Mrs. Wilson (jenwilson@guhsd.net or at 619-660-3037) in the Finance office for more information. Fees 
will be collected by March 13, 2017 for the May exams.

To pay your student’s total bill, you will need to have one of the following:

                             Cashier's Check, Money Order, Check, Cash, Credit or Debit Card



Make checks or money orders out to “Monte Vista High School”. You may also order on-line
in the ASB store but there is a surcharge for this.

Where can I get more information regarding the AP program?


The College Board hosts a very user friendly comprehensive web site at www.collegeboard.org.
Look for “AP” and you will find massive resources on all the courses, testing, scoring, etc.

You can also contact:

Jose Garcia, Monte Vista AP Coordinator/Assistant Principal

Phone: 619-660-3165  Email: jgarcia@guhsd.net,

David Crabtree, AP English Language/Honors Team Leader

Phone: 619-660-3133 Email: dcrabtree@guhsd.net.

For course specific questions, please contact the teacher of the respective course.