Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate programs offer students an opportunity to experience college-level study while still in high school. Both programs seek to help students develop college-level skills of inquiry and reasoning, statistically increasing students' success in postsecondary study.  These programs foster student engagement, develop college/career ready students, and prepare students for success on nationally administered assessments.

Advanced Placement® (AP®)

AP® programs, offer college-level curriculum to high school students.  Many Montana high schools offer the courses locally or through the Montana Digital Academy 

To read more about AP® visit The College Board.

AP® Test Fee Reduction for Low Income Students
Congress eliminated the federally-funded low-income student test fee reduction program; However, The College board is continuing with a fee reduction for qualifying students.

Montana's AP® Summer Institute (APSI)
This institute seeks to help Montana high schools and teachers implement and build quality AP® programs.  Teachers select an AP® subject and study for four days with highly qualified, experienced, College Board endorsed teachers.  The Montana Institute takes place the last week in June; registration opens in early January.

International Baccalaureate® (IB®)

IB® programs offer high school degree programs focused on developing the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  Currently, three Montana public high schools offer the IB® program: Flathead High School in Kalispell; Hellgate High School, and Big Sky High School, both in Missoula.

Professional Development

2022 Montana AP® Summer Institute - Online

June 20, 2022—June 23, 2022      8:00 AM-4:00 PM  Mountain Time  via Zoom


Five subject areas:

Early Bird Pricing -  $765.00 (If registered by 4/1/2022)     

Register at: 2022 Montana Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Or visit WMPLC’s website for more information.


Scholarship Information

DEADLINE: February 14, 2022, for AP Fellows and AP Rural Fellows

The deadline to apply for 2022 AP® Summer Institute (APSI) Scholarships is fast approaching. Both AP Fellows and AP Rural Fellows applications are due next month.

These scholarships cover some or all the cost of attending an APSI. APSIs offer weeklong, intensive professional development programs where educators can network with peers and learn about tools and resources that inspire success in their Advanced Placement® classrooms.

College Board is offering three competitive scholarship programs, listed below. Teachers at your school may meet the criteria for at least one of these opportunities. Visit the APSI Scholarships homepage to learn more about each and to apply.

  • AP Fellows: Provides scholarships of up to $1,000 to AP teachers at schools serving underrepresented and/or low-income students.
  • AP Rural Fellows: Provides scholarships of up to $1,500 to AP teachers at rural schools serving low-income students.
  • AP Capstone™: Provides scholarships covering tuition for AP Capstone professional development to AP Capstone teachers at schools meeting specific criteria.

Application due dates are:

  • February 14, 2022, for AP Fellows and AP Rural Fellows
  • March 4, 2022, for AP Capstone

If you would like your teachers to attend an APSI and have no other source of funding, please share this information and encourage them to apply today.

To learn more about this program and see helpful FAQs, visit the APSI Scholarships homepage. If you have any questions, please email

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Sara Kendrick, Program Specialist, 406-444-0688