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Advanced Placement Courses

The AP, or Advanced Placement, Program currently offers 38 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course. AP courses are taught by highly qualified high school teachers.

The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level. Students have the choice of taking the AP Exam or opting out.

Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement in college courses, or both on the basis of AP Exam scores.

The spreadsheets below represent the total number of students enrolled in AP courses as reported by their district. Data on AP test participation is available through the college board.

Note: Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, CDE no longer collects Advanced Placement Course enrollment data. Data on AP test participation is available through the college board.

For additional information on Colorado AP Enrollment totals, email Reagan Ward, 

For additional information about CDE AP initiative and policies, please contact the Postsecondary Readiness office.

For more information about AP tests and scores, please visit the College Board website for more information.