AP Program

As part of its college preparatory curriculum, Canisius High School participates in the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program. AP courses are college-level courses and are offered to qualified students who wish to challenge themselves beyond the already demanding Canisius curriculum.

Canisius High School requires students enrolled in AP courses to take the AP exam, traditionally offered in May of each school year.

In 2016-2017, 391 Canisius students took one or more AP exams, with 653 exams offered in all. One-hundred-twenty-one students received an “AP Scholar” designation from the College Board, with three students earning “National AP Scholar” status.

For the 2017-18 academic year, Canisius offers these AP courses:


AP English Literature and

AP English Language and


AP World History

AP European History

AP United States History

AP United States Government and Politics


AP Calculus (AB)

AP Calculus (BC)

AP Statistics


AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Computer Science Principles

AP Physics C (Mechanics)

AP Psychology

In addition, students frequently prepare independently under the guidance of CHS faculty for the AP Art History, AP French Language, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) exams.

Students not enrolled in an AP course at Canisius are welcome to challenge the corresponding AP exam in May (for example, a student enrolled in United States History could challenge the AP United States History exam). Students should discuss with their teacher whether challenging the exam is appropriate. Inquiries regarding AP challenges should be directed to the assistant principal or the registrar.

For inquiries regarding the AP program at Canisius, including student enrollment in AP courses, contact Mrs. Jeanne Whittington, assistant principal.

For inquiries regarding registration for AP exams, including AP exam fees, please contact the registrar.