Oakland Tech students have the opportunity to take an array of academically rigorous Honors (HP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
HP and AP classes are more difficult and comprehensive than regular (CP) classes and proceed at a faster pace. HP classes do not follow a set curriculum and, though challenging, generally do not qualify for college credit. AP courses follow a set curriculum that is designed and updated every year to reflect what is being taught in leading-edge college courses. Students receive 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 course grades are “weighted” — which means a student who gets an A in an AP course is given 5 credits versus 4 credits for a student who gets an A in a standard course. This is how many students are able to achieve better than a 4.0. Additionally, some colleges give students college credit for having completed an AP class and scored a 4 or 5 on the accompanying exam.
* Courses meet the criteria for UC Honors designation and qualify students to earn extra points in their UC GPA computation. Check the UC site for more information.
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.
Below is the 2019 exam schedule issued by the College Board, which conducts the AP program. AP tests are given across the country on the same day at the same time. Please note that Tech does not offer a few of the courses referenced in the schedule. Check the College Board website for more information.