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Curriculum: GATE

Department Address 
1299 E. 32nd St.
Signal Hill, CA 90755

Department Phone 
(562) 424-9012

Advanced Placement - Administration

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Elizabeth Turner (562) 997-8000 x 2904  AP Coordinator

Advanced Placement - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Monica Chambliss (562) 997-8000 x 2904 Staff Secretary

Advanced Placement


The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.  The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.

Quick Facts

  • Each LBUSD high school determines AP Courses offerings.  Check with your school for a list of AP courses offered.

  • Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject. 

  • Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.

  • AP Exams are given each year in May.

  • Teachers are authorized by submitting an AP Course Audit to offer an approved AP course and use the AP designation.


Taking AP courses and exams can help students:

  • Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.

  • Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. 

  • Search credit policies by college.


*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program, AP Vertical Teams, Pre-AP and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.  Content above adapted from College Board - AP Central website.