For over 60 years, the College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) has partnered with colleges, universities and high schools to provide students with the opportunity to take college-level course work and exams while still in high school.

Advanced Placement program

What is AP?

AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit. Taught by dedicated, passionate AP teachers who bring cutting-edge content knowledge and expert teaching skills to the classroom, AP courses help students develop the study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking abilities that will be required in college and beyond.

AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP exam grades. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. Individual institutions - not the AP Program or the College Board - set their policies for awarding credit and/or placement. Students can view an institution's AP credit or placement policy by visiting The College Board website or by contacting an institution directly.

Why AP?

  • Earn College Credits
  • Broaden college and career choices
  • Challenge yourself

AP Course Offerings

Developed by a diverse committee of college faculty and experienced AP teachers, each AP course covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language and Composition
  • European History
  • French Language and Culture
  • Macroeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • United States History
  • US Government and Politics
  • World History

SMCHS AP Exams 2019

It is required that all AP students testing in May 2019 familiarize themselves with the documents attached below prior to the start of exams on May 6, 2019. All SMCHS AP students are being provided with this personal copy of the attached documents.

Register for 2019 AP Exams

For questions pertaining to the AP May 2019 Exams please contact SMCHS AP Coordinator, Mr. Eric Banducci at banduccie@smhs.org

AP Brochure

AP courses offered

of SMCHS students received a grade of 3 or higher compared to the 62% global rate (2018)

AP Scholars (2018)

Mr. Eric Banducci is the Advanced Placement Coordinator at Santa Margarita and his office is located on the first floor of the Academic (S) Building. Any questions regarding the AP Program can be addressed to him via email at banduccie@smhs.org or phone at 949-766-6010.