Information for Current AP Students Regarding AP Testing

January 08, 2019

Dear Lake Braddock Families,

If your student is enrolled in one or more AP courses this school year, please read the rest of this message.  If your student is taking an AP course for the 2018-2019 school year, please know that their school counselor will be handing out opt-out letters to current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders at their scheduled academic advising session during Bruin Block:  11th graders – Friday, 1/11; 10th graders – Tuesday, 1/15; 9th graders – Thursday, 1/17.  12th graders will receive their opt-out letters during all lunches on Thursday and Friday, 1/10 & 1/11.  Please review the opt-out letter with your student so you understand the opt-out procedure, should your student choose to opt-out of taking any of their AP exams. 

FCPS strongly encourages all students to take AP exams for courses in which they are enrolled.  FCPS will pay the fees for the first six AP exams.  Students choosing to take one or more AP exams beyond the six FCPS-funded exams will be charged a fee of $93.00 per exam, and the payment will need to be made through “My School Bucks.”  Students who do not submit the opt-out form by the February 1st deadline will be expected to sit for an AP exam for which they are registered - NO exceptions.  If your student does not take the scheduled exam, they will be charged a $15.00 fee for any exam(s) they do not take.  All students enrolled in AP World History, AP US VA History and/or AP English Language & Composition are expected to take the AP Exam.  These 3 exams will substitute for the corresponding subject’s SOL with a score of 2 or higher on the AP Exam.  Detailed information can be found here:

Students can opt-out of any AP exam(s) by submitting the opt-out letter to Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Carrera or Mr. Ranallo (AP Testing Coordinators) by 3:00pm on February 1st in HS Student Services (C138).  This is a hard deadline and once students make the decision to opt-out of taking an AP exam, their decision CANNOT be reversed.  If you have questions after reading the opt-out letter and visiting the county website, please email Mrs. Brown (, Mrs. Carrera ( or Mr. Ranallo (  No action is required if your student will be taking their AP Exam(s).

Thank you,

HS Student Services