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Required Curriculum & Resources

Decide which AP courses your school can sustain

Each individual school must develop its own curriculum for courses labeled "AP." Rather than mandating any one curriculum for AP courses, each AP course has a set of curricular and resource expectations that college and secondary school faculty have established for each AP course.

For most AP subjects, there is no prerequisite course work. For some subjects, though, it is recommended that students have had some preliminary course work to be best prepared for the challenges of a particular AP course. See the following links for more detailed information about particular courses. The College Board discourages the creation of "honors track" prerequisites or other pipelines through which students must progress before they are allowed to enroll in AP. A student's individual motivation should inform enrollment decisions.

Follow the links below to access each subject's curricular and resource requirements. 

Art History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chinese Language and Culture
Comparative Government and Politics
Computer Science A
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Human Geography
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Music Theory
Physics B
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Physics C: Mechanics
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature and Culture
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
United States Government and Politics
United States History
World History

Customized Entry Pages

View the Results of the AP Course Audit

Visit the AP Course Ledger to gain access to the detailed results of the AP Course Audit. To find authorized AP courses, you can search the database by subject, school, high school code, and state.

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