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Advanced Placement

AP Physics students

WHS offers 26 Advanced Placement courses and exams. The AP program allows students to take rigorous college-level courses in various subjects, including mathematics, science, social sciences, arts and humanities, and world languages. These courses are designed to provide a level of instruction and curriculum similar to what students would experience in introductory college courses.

Participating in the AP program allows students to challenge themselves academically and delve deeper into subjects they are passionate about. It can also help them develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and time-management skills that are valuable for college and beyond.

At the end of each AP course, students have the opportunity to take an AP exam, however, Wissahickon students are not required to take the AP exam in May.  Earning high scores on AP exams can demonstrate a student's proficiency in a particular subject, potentially leading to college credit and placement in higher-level courses, which means that students can potentially skip introductory college courses. 

In the Class of 2022, 41% of students took at least one AP exam and received a score of 3 of better. In the Class of 2023, 54% of students took at least one AP exam by the end of junior year. WHS will pay for two exams per student per year and for all exams for students with financial need.

AP Capstone Diploma Program

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from College Board based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.  These courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting.  Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards.  Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.

AP Course Offerings

Wissahickon High School currently offers the AP courses in the table below.  More information about each course can be found in the Wissahickon High School Program of Studies.
AP Capstone Diploma Program Arts English Language Arts History and Social Sciences

2-D Art and Design
3-D Art and Design

English Language
English Literature

American History
European History
Economics (Microeconomics/
United States Government and Politics
World History: Modern

Mathematics and Computer Science Science World Languages

Calculus I (AB)
Calculus II (BC)
Computer Science A

Environmental Science
Physics 1
Physics 2

French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Spanish Language and Culture

2022 AP Exams

Number of exams administered 943
Percent of total exams resulting in 3+ 84%
Percent of Class of 2022 taking at least one test in high school 47%
Percent of testers in Class of 2022 scoring 3+ on at least one exam 87%

AP Awards

Scholar 66
AP Scholar with Honor 31
AP Scholar with Distinction 74
AP Capstone Diploma 8