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Advanced Placement Program


Bishop McNamara Advanced Placement Program offers rigorous college-level curricula and assessments to students in our high school, bringing a rich college experience to Bishop McNamara with the opportunity to earn college credit at thousands of universities across the nation. AP Courses are offered in English language, English literature, digital art, calculus, statistics, computer programming, psychology, chemistry, biology, physics, French, Spanish, U.S. history and European history. Advanced Placement courses may also be offered in music theory, Latin Vergil, Latin Poetry, and modern & classical language literature, as well as others determined by student interest.


AP courses are taught by highly qualified Bishop McNamara teachers who use the AP Course Descriptions to guide them. The course descriptions outline the course content, describe the curricular goals of the subject, and provide sample exam questions. While the course descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP Exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented.

Feel free to go to AP Central at CollegeBoard for more information.

What is an Advanced Placement Course?

AP® is a designation for a course that involves preparation for an AP® exam.

AP® exams are administered in the second week of May each year, by CollegeBoard®, the makers of the SAT®.

Who should take an AP® course?

Students identified by their instructors as possessing the skills, background knowledge and demonstrated success in pre-AP® work.

Students willing to commit extra time and take more control of their own learning process.

What are the Benefits?

AP® courses allow students to pursue subjects that interest them with particular thoroughness, intensity and rigor, similar to college level classes.

AP® courses often move at an accelerated pace.

Colleges often ask if a student took the most challenging level of a course possible. In multiple subjects, AP® courses are the most challenging courses we offer.

Students earn 1.0 weight towards their grade point average for every AP® course.

Students can have their AP® exam scores reported to colleges, who use these scores to:

  • Exempt students from courses
  • Allow students to take more advanced classes as first year students
  • Reduce the number of course hours required for graduation

AP® Course Offerings at BMHS

AP® Biology
AP® Calculus AB
AP® Calculus BC
AP® Chemistry
AP® Computer Science A
AP® English Language
AP® English Literature
AP® European History
AP® French Language
AP® Latin: Vergil
AP® Physics C
AP® Psychology
AP® Spanish Language
AP® Spanish Literature
AP® Statistics
AP® Studio Art:2D Photography
AP® US History

Note: Each year all courses are reviewed, including AP® courses. These listed courses may or may not represent all the choices available in the years to come.

Why take an AP® exam?

AP® exams give students a chance to compete with other bright, motivated students throughout the country.

AP® exams give students an introduction to the kind of thorough, challenging exams that are often the main components of their college grades.

Students can receive college credit for high AP® test scores, fulfill requirements, or take more interesting intermediate level courses sooner, depending on the colleges they attend.

What are the Details?

The fee for an AP® exam for 2017 is $93.00.

Students must complete the registration and submit the fee for each AP course you are taking.

Information regarding exam registration and fees are sent to parents and students in January each year. All registration is done online in MACCESS.

Fee reductions were made available to students who qualify according the guidelines provided by the CollegeBoard®.

For more information, see Registration and Exam Information below.

Why Choose AP®?

Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

Application to take AP Courses at BMHS

Applications for AP Courses offered at BMHS available at Course Applications.

If you don't see your course listed, contact the course instructor or Dr. Traylor.

A Different Kind of Class

From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the difference in the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead you'll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

Prepare to Succeed in College

AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. You'll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.

Earn College Credit and Placement

More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

Important Exam Registration and Fee Information


  • Registration is completely online in Parents' MACCESS under "My Forms"
  • Online Registration begins Feb. 1, 2017 at 8:00 am
  • All parents received an email prior to Feb. 1st with dates and reminders
  • Registration ends April 3, 2017 at midnight. Late fee of $15 after that date
  • Parents must register and pay for each exam. No exceptions.
  • NO exams will be ordered after April 3rd
  • If you experience problems with the online registration process – please contact Mrs. Janice Cuellar as soon as possible at – deadlines will NOT be extended due to technical issues


  • $93 AP Exam Fee per exam
  • $15 Late Registration Fee after April 3rd
  • $45 Late Exam Fee (Late exam must be approved by Dr. Traylor)
  • $30 AP Exam Return Fee (return of unused exam)


  • Students approved for accommodation with the College Board should contact Ms. Clare Treichel or Mrs. Anne Dillon as soon as possible prior to testing dates for information regarding AP Exam accommodations.

Non-attendance and Missed Exam

  • If a student does not take an AP Exam that has been ordered for him/her, the student's account will be charged a $30 return fee for the AP Exam.
  • If a student has an emergency illness on the day of an AP exam, the student MUST contact Dr. Traylor as soon as possible at To arrange for an alternate exam due to illness, a doctor's note or other official notification may be required.




Mr. Charles Shryock

Academic Dean

301.735.8401 ext. 118

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