Advanced Placement at Niagara Falls High School

    Niagara Falls High School is proud to offer 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses are taught by College Board® certified teachers. Our rigorous AP program provides NFHS students the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. Our goal is to expose students to the rigor of college level course work and provide students with the skills they will need to be successful in college.  Research shows that students who successfully complete AP course work and assessments will experience much greater success in college because they are prepared for the level at which college courses are taught.

    Each spring, AP Students at Niagara Falls High School take College Board Advanced Placement exams for the course(s) for which they are enrolled.  These $86 exams are funded by the Niagara Falls City School System as a way to demonstrate its commitment to the students the District serves.  These college level assessments are created by and scored by college and university faculty as well as experienced AP Teachers.  The exams are scored on a scale on 1 (lowest score) to 5 (highest score) with 3 considered “passing”. 

    Every summer, AP exam results are mailed to the homes of the students.  Those who wish to share the score on a college or university application may do so by obtaining a score report from the College Board directly.  A college or university may grant credit to the student which will allow the student to begin college with credits from the courses taken in high school! 

    We encourage our students to challenge themselves by exploring Advanced Placement course work at NFHS.  To learn more about the benefits of taking Advanced Placement courses, go to www.collegeboard.com.

    For more on taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Niagara Falls High School please contact:


    Mrs. Cheryl Vilardo

    Advanced Placement Administrator



    AP Courses and Teachers


    Biology / Environmental Science (Alternate Yrs.)

     Mrs. Maynard


     Mr. Jeckovich


     Ms. Parkes

    English Language

     Mrs. Chiarella

    English Literature

     Mrs. Burke ,  Mrs. Wolf , & Mrs. Granto

    Psychology   (Virtual Class Only)

     Mr. Olander

    Spanish Language   (Virtual Class Only)

     Mrs. Carey

    Studio Art Drawing

     Mr. Lynch

    US History

     Mr. O’Donnell

    US Government and Politics

     Mrs. Conti

    World History

     Mrs. Schwenkbeck



    Advanced Placement Pathway at NFHS


     9th Grade 

    Accelerated English

    Accelerated Social Studies

    Accelerated Math


     10th Grade

    Accelerated English

    Advanced Placement World History

    Enriched Math


    11th and 12th Grade Course Offerings

     Advanced Placement English Literature

    Advanced Placement US History

    Advanced Placement English Language

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics

    Advanced Placement Calculus

    Advanced Placement Biology - Alternate Years with Environmental Science

    Advanced Placement Chemistry

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science - Alternate Years with Biology

    Advanced Placement Psychology

    Advanced Placement Spanish Language

    Advanced Placement Studio Art



    Fast Facts About AP


    •  In 2008, 2.9 million exams were taken by nearly 1.7 million students at over 17,000 high schools.


    • The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program.


    • The AP Exam fee is $86. The Niagara Falls City School District pays for each student’s exam(s) as a way to demonstrate support for this worthwhile program.


    • More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Over 90% of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.


    • Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cheryl Vilardo, Administrator, at 286-7994.

    Link to information about the Advanced Placement Program at Collegeboard.com