Students at Hotchkiss High School (HHS) have an amazing opportunity to get a jump start on their education from the moment they walk into the commons as freshmen. Advanced Placement (AP) classes, created by the CollegeBoard, offer college level education to high school students in both the U.S and Canada. After taking AP classes, students have the choice to take an exam created by the CollegeBoard. Students who earn high enough scores on the examinations can earn course credit from some colleges and universities. Regardless of college credit earned, AP classes provide an opportunity for students at HHS and high schools throughout the country to "raise the bar" on their own education.
Thanks to a grant from the College Education Initiative, students who passed their examinations and earned the potential for college credit were also awarded $100 for each exam they passed. To give an incentive for teachers to teach these higher level and often more time consuming courses, teachers were also given a cash award for each student that they taught who passed the exam.