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AP Program

Bishop O'Connell offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, covering 28 subject areas for AP testing:

English Language

English Literature

Spanish Language

Spanish Literature

French Language


Calculus AB

Calculus BC




Physics 1

Physics 2

Physics C (E&M)

Physics C (Mechanical)

Environmental Science

Human Geography

Modern European History

United States History

United States Government

Comparative Political Systems





Art History

Music Theory

Computer Science

Students requesting to take any Advanced Placement (AP) course must attend a meeting with their parents and the AP instructors prior to registering for the course. The mandatory meeting is held in February during course selection time. A contract must be signed by the student and his/her parents before the student will be scheduled for the desired course. All students in AP courses are required to take the AP Examination at the conclusion of the course.

2014 AP Scholars

In May 2014, a total of 114 students were recognized as AP Scholars, including:

National Scholars - 4
AP Scholars with Distinction - 25
AP Scholars with Honors - 16

Bishop O'Connell uses a ten-point grading scale. Additional points ("weight") is given toward a student's grade point average (GPA) for Advanced Placement and Honors courses. Please refer to the Grading System page for more information.

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