AP Program

Bishop O'Connell offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, covering 31 subject areas for AP testing:

Art History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Comparative Government & Politics
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French Language & Culture
German Language & Culture

Human Geography
Music Theory
Physics 1
Physics C (E&M)
Physics C (Mechanics)
Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Literature & Culture
U.S. Government & Politics
U.S. History


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.

AP School Honor Roll - 2023

Bishop O'Connell High School has earned overall Gold recognition on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll, based on data from the Class of 2023 AP Exams, as follows:

  • College Culture (Gold Level) - 76% of the class of 2023 took at least one AP exam.
  • College Credit (Platinum Level) - 57% of the class of 2023 scored a 3+ on at least one AP exam.
  • College Optimization (Platinum Level) - 33% of the class of 2023 took 5 or more AP Exams, where at least one was taken in 9th or 10th grade.

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2023 AP Scholars

In May 2023, 493 students took 1320 AP exams.

159 Bishop O'Connell students were recognized as AP Scholars, receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Included in this number are the following honorees:

43 AP Scholars with Distinction, receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

23 AP Scholars with Honor, receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

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

Meet Our Graduates

Danny C.

Bishop O'Connell is my home. It is where I met my best friends, was challenged academically, and encouraged to pursue and share my passions. I am so thankful to be able to say that I am part of the O'Connell community!

- Danny C. '19
(Duke University)