Advanced Placement

Program Overview

The AP program is a challenging academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with college-level academic courses that prepares students for selective universities and colleges. AP is a rigorous program dedicated to educational excellence with a long-standing history in the United States. Students sit for an examination at the end of the AP course. AP tests are scored on a scale of 1—5. Many colleges offer college credit for AP examinations with scores of 3, 4 or 5. Universities and colleges list the credit policy on their websites.

Important AP Information (2019-2020)

Dear Lake Braddock Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year here at LB!  We have had a tremendously smooth opening of the school year and are excited by what each of your students bring to our wonderful community!  I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you all of two monumental changes in College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program, beginning this new school year.

As you know, we are now part of the FCPSOn initiative to issue every student a school laptop for their use throughout the year.  Coincidentally, College Board has also moved to an online platform.  This new platform provides online resources to students in the form of progress checks, a question bank of previously released questions, and links to additional resources for more in-depth investigation.  All AP Teachers are enrolled in the program and will give their students a join code for their course so they can access the materials.  We are thrilled by what we have seen available through this new platform and are fortunate that it dovetailed so neatly with our new laptops issued to students!

Secondly, with the new online platform, students are being asked to commit to taking the AP Exam for their course earlier than before: October 25th.  The opt-out letters will be sent home the week of October 1st and will be DUE by October 25th.   Fairfax County Public Schools will pay for the first 6 AP Exams for the associated courses of a student’s school career, and any additional exams are now $94.  

There are additional advantages to this online platform and earlier decision requirement. Mostly, students are now assigned an AP alpha-numeric code that they will keep for the duration of their high school career!  This will help consolidate AP exam scores from various years into one place, as well as enable us to keep track of AP student codes if students forget theirs.  Furthermore, we will no longer have pre-registration sessions to bubble in answer sheets, since students will be given their personalized sheet of ID labels to take to each exam.

We will be communicating throughout the year to remind you of due dates.  If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Testing Team

AP Testing Coordinators: 

LBSS AP Coordinator 

Sincerely,

Alka Howard

Director, Student Services

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    Students Not Enrolled, but Wishing to Test

    Students wishing to take an AP exam, who are not enrolled in the course, will be charged a $94 exam fee for each AP exam.  Please see Ms. Brown, Ms. Carrera, or Mr. Ranallo in HS Student Services so that you can receive the form.  This form needs to be turned in by Friday, October 25, 2019 by 3:00pm, along with the $94 fee (checks accepted only made out to Lake Braddock Secondary School).  Please know this form can ONLY be turned in to Ms. Brown, Ms. Carrera, or Mr. Ranallo.  Please do not turn this form in to any other faculty member, and do not leave it in a door bin.  This is a HARD deadline.  We will not be taking any requests after October 25th.    

    Fairfax County Public School AP Exam Fee Matrix 2019-2020

    AP Student Test Details Student Actions AP Test Payment

    Enrolled FCPS students with 6 cumulative AP Tests or fewer

    Student takes AP Exam (does not opt-out of exam)

    Student opts-out of AP exam by school’s due date (may vary by school)

    Student opts out of AP exam after school’s due date but prior to College Board’s date of March 13, 2020

    Student does not opt-out of AP exam and does not sit for the exam in May 2020

    FCPS pays test fee

    N/A

    $40 College Board Change Fee (MSB invoice from FCPS)

    $40 College Board Unused Exam Fee (MSB invoice from FCPS)

    Enrolled FCPS student with 7 cumulative AP tests or more

    Student takes AP Exam (does not opt-out of exam)

    Student opts out of AP exam by school’s due date (may vary by school)

    Student opts out of AP exam after school’s due date but prior to College Board’s date of March 13, 2020

    Student does not opt out of exam and does not sit for the exam in May 2020

    Student pays non-refundable $94 test fee (MSB invoice from FCPS)

    N/A

    Student responsible for non-refundable $94 test fee (MSB invoice from FCPS)

    Student responsible for non-refundable $94 test fee (MSB invoice from FCPS)

    Non-enrolled FCPS student or home instruction student

    Student registers to take exam by school’s due date whether or not the student sits for the exam in May 2020

    Student registers to take exam after school due date but before March 13th, 2020

    Student pays non-refundable $94 test fee (payable to school)

    Student pays non-refundable $94 test fee + $40 change fee ($134) (payable to school)