Our goal is for all Bellevue graduates to receive an education that prepares them to continue their education at the college level. Nationally, only about 50% of the students who begin college graduate within ten years. Preparing students to begin college is not good enough. They must have the skills, knowledge, attitudes and work ethic to complete college. In higher education, students must make connections among disciplines, integrate the knowledge and skills from all the disciplines, and apply them effectively to new and unfamiliar challenges. One way we work toward this goal is through the AP Program at Bellevue High School.

Students who are prepared to be successful in college, career, and life need to develop essential Key Cognitive Strategies, Key Content Knowledge, Academic Behaviors, and Contextual Skills and Awareness (David Conley, College and Career Ready). Students are able to build these essential knowledge and skills in Advanced Placement courses.

Bellevue High School
AP Exam Information 2020-2021

Contact information: Registration/AP Coordinator: Lynn Semler, semlerl@bsd405.org
Payments: Cathy Lanning, lanningc@bsd405.org

Dear BHS families of students in Advanced Placement Courses:

The College Board will be supporting “in person” Advanced Placement testing at schools this May.  They are also planning to have a “contingency” testing option if schools face closures due to safety concerns.   To assist students and families CB is waiving exam cancellation fees and unused exam fees.  As a result of this, we can offer a later exam payment due date to BSD families;  March 1, 2021 instead of October 30th.  Note – this will only apply to students who have registered prior to our fall deadline, October 30, 2020. 
Please read the additional information regarding the registration, payment and testing dates for the Advanced Placement Exams for 2020-2021.
Fall 2020 – AP Registration

  • All students (both Hybrid and Virtual) will register for AP exams in their AP classes similar to last year, by signing into myap.collegeboard.org
    • Students will use the class “join codes” to register for their exams, teachers have provided this to the students
    • Some students may need to create a College Board account.
    • In-class Registration (joining process) is to be completed no later than  October 30, 2020. If this is not done by October 30th, students will incur a College Board imposed late registration exam fee of $40 per exam.
    • Virtual students enrolled in AP course outside of the student’s home school will join/register in the virtual teachers class, after the joining/registration process is complete, Lynn Semler will assist virtual students to allow for testing at their home school should we have “in person exam testing” this year.
    • Payment for the exam will be made at the student’s HOME school
  • AP exams are $95 per exam
  • Payment Deadline:  March 1, 2021, payment method is the same this year as last year.
  • Exam Dates are May 3-14, 2021
  • BSD Scholarship deadline:  February 12, 2021
  • Any student who qualifies for Free & Reduced Lunch, are to apply as early as possible for the 2020-2021 school year.  If a student qualifies for free or reduced price meals, they may be eligible for decreased fees to participate in other school programs (such as AP exams). Complete Part 5 of the application (Sharing Information) to give permission to Nutrition Services to share school meal eligibility information with other school programs.   https://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/free-reduced/ 
  • Students that register and pay during Bellevue High School’s registration period will pay $95 per exam (Free & Reduced students or scholarship students fees will be adjusted)
  • Cancellation Fees – This year the College Board will waive all cancellation fees.  This means it is to the student’s advantage to 1. register/join for all courses by October 30th and 2. pay for the exam by March 1stFull refunds will be provided if the students decides against taking the exam for any reason.
  • Late Registration Fees imposed by College Board: Students who register/join sections for any AP exam after October 30, 2020 will pay a $40 per exam late registration fee , imposed by the College Board.
  • Self-Study Exam Takers– students who are not enrolled in an AP course have the opportunity of taking an exam.  If your student is interested in doing this, please contact Lynn Semler, BHS AP Coordinator at semlerl@bsd405.org   It is important to coordinate this prior to October 30th to avoid late registration fees.

If you have any questions or need additional information please email, Lynn Semler, BHS AP Coordinator at semlerl@bsd405.org

Thank you,

Lynn Semler
Office Manager|AP Coordinator |Bellevue High School
10416 SE Wolverine Way
Bellevue, WA  98004


How do AP courses in high school increase success in college?

  • High school graduates who do not take any AP courses graduate from college at a rate of only 33% by age 30.
  • Students who take only one AP course nearly double the likelihood of college graduation to 59%.
  • Students who take two or more AP courses raise the likelihood to 76%.

Advanced Placement courses offered at Bellevue High School

Career and Technical Education

  • AP Computer Science


  • AP Language and American Lit (11th grade)
  • AP Literature & Composition (12th grade)


  • AP Calculus AB
  • Advanced Calculus (can take AP Calc BC exam)
  • AP Statistics


  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics C Mechanics/AP Physics Electric and Magnetic
  • AP Environmental Science

Social Studies

  • AP World History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP United States History
  • AP Government
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Economics (Macro and Micro)


  • AP Portfolios (Drawing, 2-D Design, 3-D Design)
  • AP Photography
  • AP Music Theory

World Language

  • AP Spanish Language & AP Spanish Literature
  • AP French Language
  • AP Japanese Language
The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Coast Salish Peoples of our region, past, present and future.