High school students in the Buffalo Public Schools have access to a variety of rigorous, college-level courses through the District’s Advanced Placement (AP) program.  Advanced Placement courses give high school students the option to complete college-level coursework and the opportunity to build the academic skills needed for college. Many colleges grant credit and/or placement in advanced college classes for qualifying scores* on AP Exams. District AP courses are open enrollment; all students are welcome to participate. Please see course descriptions for individual course prerequisites.


    Increased student participation in AP is part of the district’s commitment to providing high-quality, rigorous coursework that enables students to be college and career ready. The district’s goal is to offer at least five AP and/or dual enrollment courses in all high schools over the next three years and to remove any barriers prohibiting participation. 

    * Individual colleges/universities determine what scores they will accept. AP exams are scored by outside evaluators on a scale of 1-5. A score of 3 is the minimum accepted passing score.


    Course Delivery Options

    Advanced Placement courses are delivered through a variety of platforms to ensure students at each school have access to as many AP courses as possible.


    Instructional options include:

    • Traditional: The students and teacher are in the classroom every day.
    • Learning Live: Students interested in a course that is not offered at their school use video conferencing on their 1:1 laptop to connect to the desired course at another Buffalo Public School in real time. Students can see and hear the class they are conferencing with, ask and answer questions, and participate in class discussions and group work. All materials for the class and assignments are accessible through Schoology.


    AP Course Offerings



    The Arts/Music

    AP Art and Design 2D


    AP Art and Design 3D


    AP Art and Design Drawing


    AP Art History


    AP Music Theory

    Career and Technical Education

    AP Computer Science Principles


    AP Computer Science A


    AP English Language and Composition


    AP English Literature and Composition

    History and Social Studies

    AP Human Geography


    AP Psychology


    AP Seminar


    AP US Government and Politics


    AP US History


    AP World History


    AP Calculus A/B


    AP Statistics


    AP Biology


    AP Environmental Science


    AP Physics-C

    World Languages

    AP Spanish