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AP

Message to Parents regarding AP Chinese Exams

Over the last several years, FUHSD has heard from community members concerned about the number of AP Chinese exams that the District is able to administer each year to students. This concern has been recently raised again via this Change.org petition.  

It is important to note that every student in the District who is taking AP Chinese during the school year and chooses to take the AP exam is able to take the exam. FUHSD is committed to offering as many opportunities for students to take this exam as feasible. It is also important to note that FUHSD administered 289 AP Chinese exams last year. 

The AP Chinese exam is particularly challenging to offer, compared to other Advanced Placement exams. The College Board has strict requirements regarding computer specifications, network security, testing facility layout and personnel for the AP exam on the two designated days it can be given. The FUHSD uses every available authorized computer to administer this test. Some computers are not available over the two days of testing because they are being used for instruction in other classes, or for other AP exams that require computers. 

Because computer space is limited, the District prioritizes access to the exam in the following ways:
1.      First priority goes to students who are currently enrolled in our AP Chinese course;
2.      Second priority goes to students who are seniors, whether or not they are enrolled in our AP Chinese course;
3.      Third priority goes to juniors, whether or not they are enrolled in our AP Chinese course; and
4.      Fourth priority goes to students who are in our lower level Chinese classes and want to take the exam.

Because of the highly regulated nature of the College Board’s AP exam protocols, it is fairly typical for schools and districts to limit exams to only those students who are currently enrolled in a particular AP program, with first priority going to the District’s own students, and if space is available, to students from outside the district. Given the limited number of seats and the high demand for the AP Chinese exam, the District does not allow non-FUHSD students to take the exam with us.

Over the last few years, the District has made a concerted effort to increase the number of authorized computers. However, we are typically able to accommodate only those students in groups 1 and 2 due to the limitations described above. In each of the last five years, we have been able to include only a handful of students from groups 3 and 4. 

The FUHSD is committed to continuing to address the needs of all our students. 

AP Exam Registration is coming soon!

Students may register for AP exams from January 30 to February 28, 2017, with no registration during the February break (2/20-24). For details about registering for AP exams, please refer to your school's website or ASB office.

 

AP Chinese Exam Registration

Due to a limited number of seats, registration for the AP Chinese Language & Culture exam will be managed with a priority registration process. Please refer to the chart below for details. This exam costs $110 and is not open to non-FUHSD students. 

Date

Who can register

1/30- 2/3

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader

2/6-2/10

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader
  • Any 11th grader

2/13-2/17

2/27-2/28

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader
  • Any 11th grader
  • 9th or 10th graders enrolled in FUHSD Chinese program
 
 

Non-FUHSD Students

Students who are not actively enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District may register for AP exams with our schools during our registration period if we are offering the exam. In addition to the cost of each exam, there is a one-time additional $20  processing fee. Due to limited resources, non-FUHSD students are not eligible to register for special format exams including any World Language exam, AP Music Theory, and AP Studio Art, or for AP Calculus AB or BC. Contact numbers for each of the schools is listed below:

 

School

Personnel

Telephone #

Cupertino High School

Ms. Lisa Balga

408-366-7366

Fremont High School

Ms. Johanna Moyoli

408-522-2420

Homestead High School

Ms. Nancy Daffern

408-522-2534

Lynbrook High School

Ms. Judy Boehm

408-366-7734

Monta Vista High School

Mr. Calvin Wong

408-366-7617

Advanced Placement Program

 

Through college-level Advanced Placement courses, students are exposed to knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Through AP Exams, they have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities. The College Board, a non-profit association based in New York City, runs the AP program.

AP courses offered vary at each high school.

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More information can be found at the College Board Website

  # students taking one or more AP Exams in 2016 # total exams taken in 2016 % passed (score of 3 or higher) % with a score of 5
Cupertino 706 1,767 90.8% 47.8%
Fremont 356 709 76.3% 24.8%
Homestead 694 1,424 90.5% 46.0%
Lynbrook 803 1,932 92.7% 51.1%
Monta Vista 1,100 2,870 91.2% 45.8%
Adult Ed 1 1 100% 100%
FUHSD 3,569 8,703 90.1% 45.7%