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AP Scholar Awards

The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges the following fall.


Award Levels


AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

AP Scholar with Honor

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

AP Scholar with Distinction

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Courtesy of The College Board

About the AP Program

What is the Advanced Placement Program?

AP/Honors Open Enrollment

West Covina High School has Open Enrollment in AP and Honors courses. Open enrollment allows students to self-select rigorous courses of interest, preparing students for college and career. AP courses are year-long courses and students are encouraged to carefully read the course descriptions before signing up for a class. Some availability may be limited due to lack of student sign ups or available sections. Students enrolled in any of the Advanced Placement courses are expected to participate in the Advanced Placement exams in May. More information on AP and Honors Courses and course load at our school’s Counseling Web Page:



Benefits of the AP Program

  1. AP students experience the academic rigor of college level studies.
  2. AP students choose from a wide selection of courses to best fit their academic interests.
  3. AP students at WCHS earn an extra point towards their Grade Point Average (GPA) when receiving a "C" or better in the course. For example, an "A" in an AP class is 5 points versus 4 points for an "A" in a regular class. This is how many students are able to earn higher than a 4.0 GPA. 
  4. AP students can improve their college admission eligibility, earn possible college credit by passing AP Exams, and get a head start for college.

According to the College Board,

"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."

"Research shows that your AP experience can benefit you in several important ways when you reach college:

  • AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years - students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,000 for each additional year.
  • AP helps students qualify for scholarships - 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships."


Advanced Placement Courses Offered at WCHS:

AP American Government
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Capstone Research
AP Capstone Seminar
AP Chemistry
AP Computer Science
AP Economics
AP English Language
AP English Literature
AP Environmental Science
AP French Language
AP Human Geography
AP Mandarin Chinese
AP Music Theory
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish Literature
AP Statistics
AP Studio Art 2D
AP Studio Art 3D
AP Studio Art Drawing
AP United States History
AP World History