Advanced Placement

What is the AP Program?

Downey High School offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses to challenge students academically. AP is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. When students take AP courses and exams, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they have sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond.

AP Courses Available at Downey High


Calculus AB
Calculus BC

Foreign Language

French Language and Culture
Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture


English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition

Visual and Performing Arts

Musical Theory
Studio Art – 2D and 3D


Environmental Science
Physics 1: Algebra-Based



Social Studies

European History
Human Geography
United States Government
United States History

What you need to know about AP courses

  • AP courses are college-level courses offered in high school
  • AP courses may require summer assignments
  • Students take AP exams at the end of the course to measure their mastery of the college-level class
  • A score of 3 or higher on an AP exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college


Contact the AP Coordinator
Mrs. Christina Carlson

AP Exam Scores

Performing well on an AP Exam means more than just the successful completion of a course.  Most colleges and universities accept successful exam scores for credit, advanced placement, or both.  And research consistently shows that students who are successful in AP typically experience greater academic success in college than those who do not participate in AP.

5 = Extremely well qualified
4 = Well qualified
3 = Quallified
2 = Possibly qualified
1 = No recommendation

AP Exam scores are a weighted combination of scores on a multiple-choice section and a free-response section. AP Exam scores are reported on a 5-point scale that indicates how qualified the student is to receive college credit and placement for their performance.