Key steps in establishing your school's AP program
While there is no fee for a school to participate in the AP Program there are several steps that a school needs to take before offering AP courses and exams.
1. Obtain a College Board school code
To participate in AP, your school must have an active six-digit College Board school code. If your school offers AP, PSAT/NMSQT®, or SAT®, you already have a school code. Use the high school code search to look up your code. Schools that need to acquire a code should contact us in the following ways:
- U.S. schools: Call (877) 274-6474 to request a High School Code Request Form.
- Canadian schools: Contact the College Board office in British Columbia at (800) 667-4548.
- Schools outside the United States and Canada: Contact International Services at email@example.com or 001 (212) 373-8738.
2. Select an AP Coordinator
The success of a school's AP program is due in large part to the efforts of a dedicated AP Coordinator. The AP Coordinator assumes primary responsibility for organizing and administering the AP program at your school, and manages the ordering, storing, administering, returning, and purchasing of AP Exam materials. Choosing the right person for the role is important.
Who can serve as an AP Coordinator?
- The AP Coordinator may be a full- or part-time administrator or counselor, faculty member, or other school staff member who is not teaching an AP course.
- To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, AP teachers cannot serve as AP Coordinators.
- An AP Coordinator cannot be involved in the handling of any exam materials that an immediate family or household member may take.
Learn more about the administration of AP Exams, and resources available for AP Coordinators, by visiting Testing.
3. Complete the AP participation materials
In September, each school receives AP participation materials sent to the attention of the school's principal. These materials include an AP Program Guide, an AP Participation Form, an AP Participation Survey and other information you need to know about AP for the upcoming school year. To order AP Exams, your principal and AP Coordinator must complete these materials no later than November 15. If you have not received AP participation materials by October, contact AP Services.
4. Participate in the AP Course Audit
Schools develop their own curriculum for courses labeled "AP." The AP Course Audit, however, specifies a set of expectations established by college and university faculty for college-level AP courses. Courses that meet or exceed these expectations will be authorized to use the "AP" designation. Note: Schools may offer AP Exams without participating in the AP Course Audit.
To receive authorization from the College Board to label your courses "AP," each AP teacher leading a course must submit two documents related to the course: a syllabus and the subject-specific AP Course Audit form. Learn more about how to participate in the AP Course Audit.