Advanced Placement & Dual Credit Courses
Dual Credit Option
College Credit Now!
College Credit Now! (CCN) provides high school students with an opportunity to earn Chemeketa credit while still in high school for only $30.00 per year. Students can take as many CCN classes as are available to them at their school.
When can I start earning College Credit?
Students and parents should consider the College Credit Now! opportunities in the freshman year of high school. Thoughtful forecasting of your high school program can result in several significant benefits. A carefully designed high school course of study will result in saved time and money.
Where are these classes offered?
Public high schools in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties participate in the Chemeketa Community College program, College Credit Now!
What can I take?
West Salem High School offers a comprehensive curriculum, which includes a wide variety of advanced level courses.
- College Writing
- Health Services I
- Medical Terminology II
- Spanish IV
- Emergency Medical Tech
- Introduction to Accounting
- Medical Terminology I
- Developing Child I
- Intro to Emergency Services
- Teaching Young Child Lab
- Teaching Young Child I
- College Algebra
PLEASE NOTE: High school course titles and Chemeketa course titles are not always identical. For specific course titles, please contact the Curriculum Assistant Principal.
More on the College Credit Now! program on Chemeketa Community College website.
Willamette Promise College Credit Opportunities
The Willamette Promise is a program coordinated through the Willamette Education Service District to provide local schools support in reaching our state’s education goals. This program will support those goals by increasing student’s chances for degree attainment by completing college courses while still in high school. It will also greatly expand the opportunities for students to complete Career and Technical Education courses leading to industry certification and careers. Another major advantage to the Willamette Promise is that these opportunities for students will come at a significant cost savings for families.
Willamette Promise provides high school students with an opportunity to earn Western Oregon University and Oregon Tech credit while still in high school for only $30.00 per year for as many credits as a student can earn in the academic year.
What can I take? West Salem High School offers a comprehensive curriculum, which includes advanced level courses.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
PLEASE NOTE: High school course titles and Western Oregon University and Oregon Tech course titles are not always identical. For specific course titles, please contact the Curriculum Assistant Principal.
Western Oregon University has more on the Willamette Promise program here.
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The Advanced Placement Program, monitored by the College Board, offers ambitious and capable high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses. If the student scores within an acceptable range on the advanced placement exam, course credit or entry at a higher course level may be awarded upon college entrance which translates to saving money and time.
College Credit Policies
Well before taking AP exams, students should contact the directors of admissions at the colleges of their choice to ask about specific advanced placement and credit policies. Colleges and universities should be prepared to tell the student in writing what credit and/or advanced placement will be granted for a given score on an AP exam, including any courses from which the student will be exempted or any higher-level courses the student will be allowed to enter. The College Board provides course descriptions and examinations. Course descriptions can be found on the AP Central website.
High school teachers use these rigorous course descriptions in curriculum planning and in preparing students to take an Advanced Placement examination at the end of AP level courses.
AP Registration Fee
Students are required to pay AP registration fees as determined by the College Board. If a student cannot afford the registration fee, the student should see the bookkeeper to seek scholarship availability.
AP Courses offered at West Salem High School
- AP Biology
- AP Human Geography
- AP Pre-Calculus
- AP Physics
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Chemistry
- AP Spanish Literature
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Statistics
- AP English Language & Comp
- AP Studio Art
- AP English Literature & Comp
- AP US Government & Politics
- AP Environmental Science
- AP US History
AP Exam Registration Cost and Dates
- Cost of an AP Exam: $98
- Deadline: October 6th-November 6th registration window: $40 dollar non-refundable registration deposit due for each exam registration (the $40 dollars goes toward the overall $98)
- Cost of an AP Exam Late Registration: $138
- Deadline: November 7th-March 8th is the late registration window: $40 dollar non-refundable registration deposit due for each exam plus $40 late registration fee per exam (the $80 dollars goes toward the overall $138)
- Deadline: March 8th: All registrations must be paid in full.
- Any registration not paid in full will be canceled.
- No exam registrations will be accepted after this date
How to pay
- ALL payments (credit/check) are made directly to West Salem High School
- Payments can also be made through our Payment Portal. You will be able to pay in full ($98 per exam, $40 of which is non-refundable) or pay the $40 non-refundable registration deposit per exam by November 6, 2023 and pay the remaining balance by March 8, 2024.
AP Exam Registration Refunds
Salem Keizer School District WILL NOT issue AP Exam Fee refunds to students who cancel their AP Exam Registration after 11:59pm on March 8, 2024
Registrations canceled prior to the date above will be refunded $58 for those who had paid in full ($98 minus the $40 non-refundable registration deposit per exam)
Late registrations canceled prior to the date above will be refunded $58 for those who had paid in full ($138 minus the $40 non-refundable registration deposit per exam and minus the $40 late registration fee)
AP Exam Fee Reductions
- If you feel you would qualify for fee reduction, please contact Mr. Michael Simental.
- West Salem High School is committed to every student who wishes to take an AP exam should not be denied access due to financial hardship.
AP Request for Accommodations
- All requests for accommodations for students with documented disabilities should be made to Ms. Karla Canida or Mr. Michael Simental in the Counseling Center by December 15, 2023.
Michael Simental - Curriculum Assistant Principal
Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy
A student can earn the Seal of Biliteracy from the Oregon Department of Education by either taking an AP World Language course and earn a 4 or higher on the AP Exam or with a mastery score in another standardized language test. Students with strong skills in a language other than English can earn world language credit at their high school. Students may earn world language credits by taking a test that assesses their language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. See your counselor for details. This will be noted in the notes section of the transcript.