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AP Letter to Parents

posted Sep 28, 2011, 6:32 AM by   [ updated Jan 5, 2012, 3:44 AM ]

Dear Parents or Guardians:

Plainville High School is proud to participate in the Advanced Placement program. The Advanced Placement program is owned by CollegeBoard and they have very specific guidelines that are required of all the participating schools around the country, including the cost, dates and times of the exams.  The AP program is meant to be a standardized measure of a student’s knowledge base in specific content areas.  It is also intended to provide high school students with an opportunity to experience a college level curriculum.  Research strongly supports the hypothesis that a college-like experience in high school leads to greater success in college as measured by GPA, years to complete college and college completion.

Plainville High School offers the following AP courses;


           A.P. Biology(H)                       A.P. Calculus AB (H)                        A.P. Calculus BC (H)            

 A.P. Chemistry (H)                 A.P. English Language (H)                A.P. JAVA (H)          

 A.P. Literature (H)                  A.P. Physics (H)                                 A.P. Statistics (H) 

A.P.U.S.Hist(H)                      AP StudioArt(H)                               A.P. Modern European Hist. (H)  

AP courses are considered Honors level classes and students receive Honors weight in the computation of GPA.  Courses are subject to the approval of the Plainville Board of Education and the CollegeBoard.  Either entity can determine whether or not a class curriculum fulfills the needs of the student body and/or the AP program and whether or not it will be continued or discontinued.  The AP program also allows students not enrolled in an AP course to take an AP exam.  If a student wishes to take an AP exam in a content area in which we do not provide instruction, please contact the AP Coordinators at Plainville High School: Mr. Vallera or Mrs. Lamont.

There are many benefits to participating in the AP program.  It is our position that every student needs to assess his academic status and academic goals and balance these with personal priorities.  We encourage all students to pursue rigorous and challenging high school curricula that will allow them to grow towards their potential and make them stronger candidates when applying to college.  The benefits of participating in the AP Program include:

·       - an acquisition of a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the subject matter

·       - an enhanced college candidacy through willingness to challenge themselves with the most rigorous courses offered at PHS

·       - an overt demonstration of ability to be successful in a college level class

·       - the potential to earn college credit which leads to less out-of-pocket expenses and a shorter college career

·       - an improvement of  GPA,  class rank and potential for financial reward. 

There might be concerns about the initial cost, which may be refundable, and the change in lifestyle that may occur due to the significant amount of time required by the curriculum.

The cost of each AP exam is $87.00.  There are fee reductions available for students with financial need. Exam fees are expected to be paid in full with a check payable to Plainville High School before October 1st.  Project Opening Doors (POD) also reimburses students half of the cost of the English, Math, and Science exams. POD also rewards students by providing a $100.00 reward to students who score a 3 or higher on a math, science or English exam. The 2012 exam schedule is as follows:

Week 1

Morning 8 a.m.

Afternoon 12 noon

May 7

Environmental Science



May 8


Computer Science A
Spanish Language


Art History


May 9


Calculus AB
Calculus BC


Chinese Language and Culture


May 10


English Literature and Composition


Japanese Language and Culture
Latin: Vergil


May 11


German Language and Culture
United States History


European History

Studio Art—Last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for the physical portfolio assembly.

Exam Fee due October 1st. Checks should be payable to Plainville High School in the amount of $87.00 per test.

Week 2

Morning 8 a.m.

Afternoon 12 noon

Afternoon 2 p.m.

May 14

Music Theory

Physics B
Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism


May 15


United States Government and Politics


Comparative Government and Politics
French Language and Culture



May 16


Language and Composition





May 17


World History


Italian Language and Culture



May 18


Human Geography
Spanish Literature



Please note: students are expected to report to the testing site 30 minutes before testing is scheduled to begin.  All afternoon activities conflicting with an AP exam are expected to be forfeited in favor of the exam.  An additional pre-administrative session will be required before the first day of testing.  That date is to be determined.

We at PHS understand the need to maintain a balanced life.  We believe that a balanced life includes academic challenges; the AP program provides this opportunity in a safe and supportive environment.  With that in mind, we encourage all of our students to participate in at least one AP class during their high school career. 

If you have any further questions about the AP program at PHS please contact Aldo C. Vallera or Oneda Lamont.  If you have any questions of the CollegeBoard in regards to the AP Program please search them on the web at


Aldo C. Vallera, M.A., M.S.

School Counselor, Instructional Leader

Plainville High School