The AP International Toolkit
Thank you for taking the next step in providing your school and students with the most widely used academic program in the world. In addition to being recognized by universities worldwide, the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) promotes skills vital to success at the university level and in today's quickly changing global society. Whether a student takes an AP Exam in Canada or Cameroon, in the eyes of an experienced admission officer or university faculty member, a good score on an AP Exam represents a mastery of concepts and skills necessary for postsecondary success.
We hope this page will provide your school with a better understanding of how to take advantage of the high-quality learning and teaching associated with AP. Click on the links below to discover which AP courses would fit well with the needs of your school and learn how to get an AP program started.
You've Chosen AP. Now What? — Top Four Things to Do Before Offering an AP Program At Your School
Once your school has decided to create an AP program, there are a few key steps to take before you can begin offering AP courses and exams. Below is a list of the top four things you'll need to do to get your program started.
- Obtain a school code. This six-digit code allows your school to offer College Board programs such as AP.
- Select an AP Coordinator. The AP Coordinator serves as the primary point of contact between your school and the AP Program. Please note the AP Coordinator cannot be an AP teacher.
- Complete the AP participation materials. In September, each school receives AP participation materials, including an AP Program Guide, an AP Participation Form (.pdf/83K) , an AP Participation Survey and information you need to know about AP for the upcoming school year.
- Participate in the AP Course Audit. All AP courses must receive AP Course Audit authorization to be able to use the "AP" designation on the school's transcripts. The AP Course Audit is open January to March for course inputs and updates on your school's current year program.
Get more information about offering an AP program.
Your AP Program Planning Checklist
Creating a successful AP program requires working as a team, evaluating resources, planning ahead and setting achievable goals. This checklist provides links to our Web pages that will help you set up a successful AP program at your school.
- Learn about the AP courses available and determine which course or courses are the best fit for your school.
- Visit the course home pages on AP Central to learn about the framework, curricular requirements and expectations, and more.
- Determine which course scheduling option is right for you.
- Identify potential AP teachers at your school and provide professional development.
- Get your students excited about AP by communicating the benefits of the program.
Learn more about planning your AP program.
You're Not Alone! Advice from Experienced AP Teachers and Administrators
As you begin to create your AP program, you may have questions about the best approach. We've compiled a list of best practices provided by AP teachers and administrators who were once in your position — new to the AP program.
- Start with one or two AP courses. The flexibility of AP allows you to develop an AP program at your own pace.
- Involve dynamic teachers as academic leaders. Perhaps your school has a particularly strong teacher who is interested in taking on the challenge of an AP course.
- Pair the AP Coordinator with an AP teacher lead. Together they can team up to develop and promote your school's AP program among the school community.
- If your school offers the PSAT/NMSQT®, consider using AP Potential to identify additional students who may be good candidates for AP courses at your school.
- Decide if your school can offer AP courses online through a variety of external providers. Online courses can help a school get started with AP or supplement an existing program with additional courses. Find a list of providers of AP Course Audit-authorized courses on the AP Course Audit Ledger.
- Determine whether your school wants to offer AP courses in English or in another language. With the exception of world languages and Studio Art, all AP Exams are administered and presented by students in English. However, many schools teach some of their AP courses in other languages depending on their student population and teaching staff.
- Publicize the success of your AP program in the school newsletter and local media and at community meetings and college fairs.
- Keep parents and school board members informed and involved through parent nights, newsletters and other resources.
The AP Program offers a wealth of free or low-cost resources online for teachers, AP Coordinators and school administrators. Visit the following quick links for easy access to some AP resources.
- AP Central: Access to course descriptions, teachers' guides, sample syllabi, past AP Exam questions and sample student responses.
- AP Program Guide: Provides information about the AP Program and the various stages of the AP year, from starting an AP program at a school, through ordering, administering, returning and paying for exams.
- AP and Pre-AP® Professional Development: Information on one- and two-day AP workshops and weeklong AP Summer Institutes offered around the world.
- Advances in AP: Information about upcoming changes to AP courses and exams.
- AP Data and Reports: Useful summary data and research reports on the performance of AP students globally