Advanced Placement



Half Moon Bay High School Named to Advanced Placement School Honor Roll

HMBHS recognized for student success in Advanced Placement program while broadening access.


Half Moon Bay, California, November 6, 2023 – College Board has announced that Half Moon Bay High School (HMBHS) has been named to the 2023 Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) School Honor Roll, earning Silver distinction for its progress.


The AP® School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access to more students. Schools earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness. Half Moon Bay High School’s Class of 2023 had 54% of seniors who had taken at least one AP exam during high school, 39% of seniors scoring three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 19% of seniors who took five or more AP exams. As a result, HMBHS received AP® Honor Roll recognition.


The Advanced Placement Program at Half Moon Bay High School offers 19 distinct AP® courses spanning across 29 sections and 16 teachers. Meanwhile, HMBHS students are also provided with the opportunity to take any of the 38 AP subject exams, regardless of whether or not the class is offered at Half Moon Bay High School.


“Our AP program provides challenging and rigorous coursework in a supportive environment, allowing our students a chance to potentially earn college credit and placement while also helping them with today’s competitive college admissions,” said Andrew Boysen, Principal of Half Moon Bay High School. “Our staff and students have shown that we can expand access to these college-level Advanced Placement courses and still achieve high performance, and we are delighted that HMBHS has been honored by the College Board.”


College Board’s Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) enables students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both—while still in high school. Through taking AP courses in up to 38 subjects, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond.


“Being recognized in this way is a great honor for Half Moon Bay High School, and the achievement is a testament to the hard work done by HMBHS students and teachers to achieve at high levels academically,” added Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. “Speaking on behalf of CUSD and the Board of Education, we want to appreciate the great work of our AP® teachers, HMBHS counselors and administrators, and of course students who have shown that striving for excellence can result in remarkable outcomes. Congratulations to HMBHS!”



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2024 AP Exams Information

See the AP Exam Calendar for specific dates and times for each exam.

Register for AP Exams by logging into

Your teacher will provide you with a join code to access AP Classroom. Once logged in, then you select whether or not you are going to take the AP Exam.

Click here for additional instructions on registering and paying for your exam(s).

Registration Deadline: 09/30/2023 

Payment Deadline: 10/15/2023

Due by 10/15/2023
$105 per exam
Payment to be made online through Total Registration.

by November 15th:

after November 15th: use this link

Payment must be received by the deadline, otherwise your exam will be canceled.



Please note that College Board will charge the following fees:

$40 late registration (if you register for the exam between 10/01/2023 and 02/28/2024; late fees are nonrefundable)

$40 cancelation (if you cancel your exam after 09/30/2023, including the day of the exam)


Fee Reduction:

If you feel you qualify for a fee reduction, contact Ms. Tower for the AP Fee Reduction Form or download it here.   Please refer to the instructions on the form for how to properly complete and provide necessary information. The AP Fee Reduction form is due to Ms. Tower by 09/22/2023 by the end of the school day. There will be no exceptions made to the deadline.


Half Moon Bay High School offers advanced placement (AP) courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign languages, and art. This AP program challenges students academically and prepares them to take AP tests that allow them to earn college credits while in high school. For a complete list of courses offered at Half Moon Bay High School, see the Student Planning Guide.


AP Studio Art

  • AP Drawing
  • 2-D Design
  • 3-D Design


English Department

  • Junior: AP English Language & Composition
  • Senior: AP English Literature & Composition


  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A


  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Biology
  • AP Physics 2

Social Science

  • AP World History
  • AP United States History
  • AP Government
  • AP Psychology

World Languages Department

  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture

PLEASE NOTE: Students do not need to be enrolled in the class to be able to take the exam. They also have the opportunity to take an AP Exam for a course not offered at HMBHS. See Mrs. Tower for information on how to register. The College Board website has the complete list of AP Exams offerings. 

See the PLP page under the Counseling Tab for the AP Contract.


If you have any questions about AP Exams please contact:

Deanna Tower, Assistant Principal

Email: [email protected]

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