Advanced Placement Courses and Exams

Learn more about how to earn college credit by taking an Advanced Placement (AP) exam

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides rigorous academic coursework in the major subject fields, with course content designed by a committee of college and high school instructors. Courses are offered in English, social studies, science, world languages, math, fine arts, and in a multi-disciplinary program called AP Capstone. AP courses are open to any student who is interested in academic rigor.

Students earn high school credit towards graduation requirements by passing the AP course. Students may also earn college credit by taking the AP exam and earning a specific score that is determined by each individual college. All FCPS students are encouraged to take the AP exam for any AP course in which they are enrolled.

The AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Each college sets a required score to transfer credits and/or provide advanced placement, which is generally a 4 or a 5, but may also include a lower score. The information below provides links to the AP transfer policy for four-year Virginia public colleges and universities, as well as Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). For information on other colleges or universities, check their websites.

Additional information about AP exams

Find out more about Advanced Placement Courses.

AP Credit Transfer Policies for Virginia Public Colleges and Universities

For information on the transfer policies for other colleges or universities, please check their websites.

AP Program in FCPS

The FCPS schools that offer the AP Program are listed below. Other FCPS high schools may offer selected AP courses.

  • Centreville High School
  • Chantilly High School
  • Fairfax High School
  • Falls Church High School
  • Hayfield High School
  • Herndon High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Lake Braddock High School 
  • Langley High School
  • Madison High School
  • McLean High School
  • Oakton High School
  • South County High School
  • West Potomac High School
  • West Springfield High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Woodson High School