Advanced Placement

 2019-2020 AP Exam Registration has ended. If you have questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

Novi High School is a member of the College Board

We offer the following Advanced Placement courses:
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Economics: Macroeconomics
  • AP Economics: Microeconomics
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Government and Politics: US
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. History


Novi High School, beginning in Fall 2019, decided not to allow students to self-study for AP Exams. This decision was made for several reasons, the most important reason of which is our concern for students' mental wellness. The practical reason is knowledge that AP exams alone do not improve student's acceptance to universities. 

World Languages are the only exception.

If you have financial need, but do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, please fill out this AP Scholarship Application 



 Based on information provided on College Board and IB websites. 

Who can take these classes?

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB): Any student is welcome to take AP or IB classes if they are willing to take on the challenges of college level coursework. Some prerequisites are required for some courses to ensure success in the program.
IB: IB only allows students to begin diploma course work and requirements their junior year. 

When can students begin the program?

AP: College Board recommends the courses for junior and senior year, but students who are academically prepared may begin in their sophomore year.

What is the purpose of the program?

AP:  With AP, students can take college-level course work in high school. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they’ve sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. Resourceful and dedicated AP teachers work with their students to develop and apply the skills, abilities, and content knowledge they’ll need later in college. Each of AP’s 38 courses is modeled upon a comparable college course. College and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards. 
IB: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

How many Courses are  offered at Novi?

AP:  22 courses

IB:  15 courses - Higher Level (HL) courses are 2 years, Standard Level (SL) courses are 1-2 years.

How many courses must students take?

AP: It is up to the student. However, a student may elect to try for the Capstone Diploma by enrolling in four AP courses of their choice, plus AP Seminar and Research. A student must score a three or better in all courses to earn the diploma. 
IB: It is up to the student. However, a student may elect to try for the IB Diploma. If a student scores a minimum of 24 points total in 3-4 HL courses and 2-3 SL courses, plus CAS, TOK, and EE they qualify for the IB Diploma.

How much does it cost?

All fees are paid in October of Testing Year , these numbers are based on the 2019/20  fees

AP: $94 most courses, $142 Capstone courses, Capstone Diploma costs at least $660*

*4 AP classes + Seminar & Research required

IB: $119 per course, IB Diploma (6 courses) costs $714

Do AP/IB classes fulfill graduation requirements?

PE/Health = IB Sports, Exercise, & Health Sciences HL

Biology = AP Biology or IB Biology  HL 

Chemistry = AP Chemistry

Physics =  IB Physics SL

English 11 = AP Language and Composition or IB Literature HL1

English 12 = AP Literature and COmposition or IB Literature HL2

US History = AP US History or IB History of the Americas HL2

Civics = AP US Government

Economics = AP Micro AND Macro Economics

World History = AP European HIstory or IB World SL/HL1


What are the Core beliefs of the program?

AP: In the AP Capstone™ program, students consider and evaluate multiple points of view to develop their own perspectives on complex issues and topics through inquiry and investigation.

AP Capstone gives students the following pedagogical framework (“QUEST”) to develop, practice, and hone their critical and creative thinking skills as they make connections between various issues and their own lives:

  • Question and Explore
  • Understand and Analyze Arguments
  • Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Synthesize Ideas 
  • Team, Transform, and Transmit

*note this framework only applies to Seminar and Research.

IB: The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. All elements/courses  of the program support the Learner Profile, which means, IB learners strive to be: 

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Is service learning part of the program?

AP: College Board is piloting a program called AP with WE. Last year students in AP European History designed and carried out their own service project, tied to their curriculum, post exam. This year European History continues the pilot.
IB: Diploma students must complete and reflect on their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) experiences, balancing their contributions between these three categories.

WHAT ARE SOME Unique elements?

AP: Students can focus all of their coursework on the subject(s) of interest.

Junior year students may take Seminar and senior year they may take Research. The culmination of these courses is group and individual presentations and writing. Students write a 5,000 word essay on a topic of interest in Research.

IB: The Diploma Programme is recognized as the most rigorous high school program. Diploma students are required to take one course from each category, demonstrating their ability across subjects. Subjects of interest are typically taken for two years, while those meant to round out the student are typically only one.

Diploma students must complete the core requirements in addition to IB classes. The core requirements include Theory of Knowledge, CAS experiences, and writing their own 4,000 word Extended Essay under the guidance of a teacher mentor.

WHAT ARE SOME College Perspectives?

AP: Perceived as increasing opportunity to earn college credits.

IB: Perceived as an opportunity to increase chances of admission because it is the most rigorous high school curriculum.

Examples of college credit based on scores

Michigan State

English: AP - up to 4 credits, IB up to  4-8 credits for 2 years of classes

Biology: AP - up to 8 credits, IB up to  8 credits 

University of Michigan LSA

English: AP - up to 6 credits but does not fulfill grad requirements, IB up to  6 credits for 2 years of classes

Biology: AP - up to 8 credits towards overall number needed to graduate, not biology specifically, IB up to  5 credits 


*All IB classes listed are 2-year HL courses, only similar AP/IB classes are listed for illustrative purposes. Students must achieve passing scores for these credits to apply. 

**More credit opportunities in AP classes overall due to the number of classes offered and single year requirement.

About AP Exams

AP Novi HIgh School AP Students

Your AP scores will be available online July 5. 

To get your AP scores, you must log in with your College Board account at View Your Scores on AP Exams.

AP/IB 2019-2020 Examination Schedule

  • Friday, May 1: Afternoon: IB Business Management HL P1

  • Monday, May 4: Morning: AP US Government and IB Business Management HL P2
  • Monday, May 4: Afternoon: AP Physics C: Mechanical (11:30am), AP Physics C: E & M (2pm)
  • Tuesday, May 5: Morning: AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC
  • Tuesday, May 5: Afternoon: IB History SL/HL P1-2
  • Wednesday, May 6: Morning: AP English Lit. & Comp., IB History HL P3
  • Wednesday, May 6: Afternoon: AP European History
  • Thursday, May 7: Morning: AP Chemistry
  • Thursday, May 7: Afternoon AP Japanese, IB Biology HL P1-2
  • Friday, May 8: Morning: AP US History and IB Biology HL P3
  • Friday, May 8: Afternoon: AP Computer Science A
  • Monday, May 11: Morning: AP Biology
  • Monday, May 11: Afternoon: AP Chinese, AP Environmental Science, IB Math Studies SL P1, and IB Math SL P1
  • Tuesday, May 12: Morning: AP Seminar, AP Spanish, IB Math Studies SL P2, and IB Math SL P2
  • Tuesday, May 12: Afternoon: AP Psychology, IB Japanese SL P1, and IB German SL P1
  • Wednesday, May 13: Morning: AP Lang. & Comp., IB Japanese SL P2, and IB German SL P2
  • Wednesday, May 13: Afternoon: AP Microeconomics
  • Thursday, May 14: Afternoon: AP Macroeconomics, IB English Lit. HL P1
  • Friday, May 15: Morning: AP French, IB English Lit. HL P2
  • Friday, May 15: Afternoon: AP Statistics
  • Tuesday, May 19:  Afternoon: IB Spanish B SL P1
  • Wednesday, May 20: Morning: IB Spanish B SL P2
  • Wednesday, May 20: Afternoon: IB Physics SL P1-2 and IB Sports, Exercise, Health Science HL P1-2
  • Thursday, May 21: Morning IB Physics SL P3 and IB Sports, Exercise, Health Science HL P3
  • Thursday, May 21: Afternoon: IB French B SL P1
  • Friday, May 22: Morning: IB French B SL P2

IB at Novi High School

Novi High School’s Language Policy for International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools are required to have a written language policy. This document includes provisions for second language teaching and mother-tongue language support that meets the needs of students and reflects the principles of the program. At Novi Community High School, the IB Diploma Program Language Policy sets out the philosophy and aims of language teaching and learning. This document reviews the currently available options in Group 1 and 2, links directly to the Novi Community School District English Language Learner Program, and addresses our support for mother-tongue languages.


School Profile: Novi is a city of approximately 60,000 residents, earning a median income of $80,151. More than 55.7% of the population has earned at least a bachelor’s degree. The racial and ethnic background of the community is diverse with 71% white, 15% Asian, 8% African American, 3.0% Hispanic, and 1.8% multiracial (courtesy of www.cityofnovi.org ). Currently, there are 263 Japanese families in the community. We house the Japanese School of Detroit at our high school on Saturdays.

Our high school reflects this data as well. At Novi High School, 41 languages were self-reported by students as their primary language in the August 2015 registration. After review, and combining languages like Chinese with Mandarin, a simplified graph was produced. Although English is the dominant language, there is a wide range of languages spoken by Novi students both in school as well as in the home.

Language Philosophy

At Novi High School language learning, learning through language, and learning about language is a cornerstone of all learning. We use language to construct meaning, inquire about the world, and share understanding with others.

Authentic language learning crosses all disciplines and promotes critical thinking. Students are equipped and empowered to use strategies, or learning tools, to engage in inquiry-based learning. Using these tools, students read, listen, and view in order to comprehend texts of all kinds. They write, speak, and present to navigate the complexity of ideas they encounter within all disciplines. The following ten beliefs about language learning anchor and guide our instructional practices:


1. Language acquisition is a life-long process connected to intellectual, emotional, and social growth.

2. Language learning requires decision-making and reflects upon one’s knowledge of language usage.

3. Language learning communities are local, regional, national, and international. All spheres of language interaction are interrelated.

4. Language learning in the mother-tongue maintains cultural identity.

5. Language proficiency in one language transfers to learning other languages and other content.

6. Language usage allows students to communicate learning for personal, public, and academic reasons.

7. Language usage produces intended and unintended messages.

8. Language learning is both natural and unnatural, but language acquisition, in general, is progressive.

9. Language is a social construct and is a foundation for all learning

10. Language learning fosters equity and builds community.

IB Research

IB Research 

DP Studies 

  • Diploma Programme students's enrollment and outcomes at US postsecondary institutions (2015)
  • An analysis of the development of positive academic mindsets in diverse International Baccalaureate  World Schools (2017)
  • A study of "reflectin" in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (2016)
  • Establishing a STEM pipeline: Trends in male and female enrollment and performance in higher level secondary STEM courses (2015)
  • Case studies of learner profile implementation and impact in the United States (2014)
  • Postsecondary education attainment of IB Diploma Programme candidates from US high schools (2013)
  • Student perceptions of the value of the International Baccalaureate extended essay in preparing them for university studies (2013)


For more information on the CAS Student Handbook please see Mr. Capuano in room 250
CAS-RF Reflection Form   
CAS-OL Organization List