Fbook AP logo   Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program through Rapid City Area Schools provides an opportunity for students to take rigorous, in-depth, college-level courses while still in high school.


* Improve your chances of getting into your choice college

* Obtain a clear understanding of what it takes to excel in college

* Earn college credit, placement, or both through qualifying AP Exam

AP Courses Available

Grade 10 Grade 11 & 12
AP Psychology

AP United States History

AP Calculus

AP Chemistry

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles

AP English Language & Composition

AP English Literature & Composition

AP Physics 1 & 2

AP Statistics

AP US Government & Politics

For additional information and detailed course descriptions, please refer to the Guidebook.

College Board

Students must create a College Board account in order to partake in the PSAT/NMSQT and AP exams. Students only need to create one College Board account.

In a nutshell, College Board is the parent company for the SAT suite of assessments and the Advanced Placement Program. College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program.

Create a College Board account

AP Exams

AP Exams are optional, but strongly encouraged for students enrolled in AP courses. AP exams provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit and/or placement with a qualifying score of 3, 4, or 5. These exams are offered in May at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center during the school day.

College AP Exam Registration & Schedule


The PSAT suite of assessments are optional exams that help measure a student’s ability in key academic areas, develop familiarity with standardized assessments, and serve as entrance exams to recognition and scholarship programs. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualification exam for the National Merit Scholarship.

PSAT Exam Registration and Payment