AP Program

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

Art History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Comparative Political Systems
Computer Science
English Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
French Language
Human Geography

Modern European History
Music Theory
Physics 1
Physics 2
Physics C (C&M)
Physics C (Mechanical)
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature
U.S. Government
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.

2020 AP Scholars

In May 2020, 512 students took 1031 AP exams covering 28 subject areas.

147 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:

4 National AP Scholars, receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

30 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.

27 AP Scholars with Honors, 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") is 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

My past four years at O'Connell have been truly memorable. I have made amazing friends, been inspired by great teachers and mentors, and had the opportunity to discover my passions and talents. As I transition from high school to college, I know that I am more than prepared to face any challenges my future brings.

- Alexandra R. '16
(Stanford University)