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Advanced Placement (AP) & Honors Courses

Oakland Tech students have the opportunity to take an array of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors (HP) courses, which are more difficult and comprehensive than regular college preparatory (CP) classes, and proceed at a faster pace.

AP & HP, Explained

AP courses often follow a set curriculum that is updated and refined each year to reflect what’s being taught in college-level courses. Each May, students take an external evaluation — the AP exam — which is scored by college faculty from around the world who determine the degree to which the student has mastered college-level studies.

At Oakland Tech and most public schools around the country, AP courses receive a bonus grade-point — which means a student who gets an A in an AP course is given 5 grade-points, as compared to 4 grade-points for an A in a regular CP course. This is how students are able to achieve better than a 4.0 grade-point average. Bonus grade-points are not given if a student receives a D or F in the class. Additionally, some colleges give students college credit for having completed an AP class and scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the accompanying exam.

HP classes, by comparison, do not follow a set curriculum and, though challenging, do not qualify for college credit. Many of Tech’s HP classes receive a similar bonus grade-point.

Information Sessions

Honors/AP Information Sessions are held in January for students interested in taking Honors or AP classes in the next school year. Information Sessions usually take place during Advisory (4th period). 

AP Exam Dates

AP Exams are held in May (in 2024 they were held May 6 - May 16th), on the same dates across all schools. You can view the schedule here. Teachers of AP classes work with students to register them for the exam.

AP Exam Fees

In 2024, the cost of the AP exam is $97, with an additional fee for late registration. Students or parents pay for the exam online at or in person to Dr. Woodridge, or the fee can be waived for those with a Financial Aid (Free and Reduced Lunch) Waiver.

Those qualifying for a waiver receive a letter from OUSD's Nutrition Service Department notifying their child's eligibility for free lunch. If you have questions about qualifying or need access to your letter to show proof of qualifying, you can contact Oakland Unified School District's Nutrition Service Department at the following contact information. They will be able to provide you your letter similar as shown above. 

Oakland Unified School District's Nutrition Service Department
 (510) 879-1700

2021-2022 Oakland Tech AP Exam Statistics

Number of Oakland Tech students taking an AP exam: 486

Total Number of AP tests taken by Oakland Tech students: 941

% of AP tests scoring 3 or higher by Oakland Tech students: 56%

AP & HP Classes offered 2022-2023




*English 3 HP

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

Comparative Government HP (Paideia)

AP Calculus AB

AP French Language


AP Calculus BC

AP Government & Politics: US


AP Chemistry

AP Physics C: Mechanics


AP Chinese Language

AP Spanish Language


AP Computer Science A

AP Statistics


AP Computer Science Principles

AP Studio Art


AP English Literature & Composition


*Courses meet the criteria for UC Honors designation and qualify students to earn bonus grade-points in their UC GPA computation. Check the UC site for more information.

Weekday Homework Estimates

Success in CP, HP & AP Classes: Estimations of Weekday Homework

Reasons to Take an AP or HP Class

  • You are thoroughly prepared because of the classes you’ve taken previously
  • You are willing to work hard and put in a lot of extra time (in AP classes, particularly)
  • You are interested in the subject
  • You are motivated to succeed

Important Considerations

We encourage students to carefully weigh how many Honors/AP classes they can take at one time given the time and energy required to do well. Doing poorly in an AP/Honors class can have serious consequences. OUSD Summer School only offers College Prep level courses (recognized by UC/CSU) — not AP/Honors courses. Low AP/Honors course grades remain on student transcripts and are reflected in GPAs.

What’s more, dropping AP/Honors classes in the fall or spring semester affect the Master Schedule. Students often mistakenly believe that it is easy to move to a lower level or different class if they feel the accelerated coursework is too challenging. However, that’s frequently not the case. College Prep classes may be full and some classes cannot be dropped after a certain time period.