Woodstock High School

AP Program - Capstone Courses


We consider ourselves a leader in AP programming in McHenry County.  The following information will give you confidence about why we are so proud of what we have accomplished in this area.

The development of our AP program is the primary reason our school was identified by U.S. News and World report as one of the top schools in the nation and the highest ranked school in McHenry County by receiving their Silver distinction.  Accomplishing all that we have is neither easy nor common—it’s why we placed on the list where we are amongst schools with vastly different demographics than ours.

Each year The Washington Post ranks America's Most Challenging High Schools using a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement tests given in a school year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

AP Power Factor (Tests Taken/Total Graduates)

2006 .48
2007 .49
2008 .62
2009 .74
2010 .77
2011 .95
2012 1.19
2013 1.08
2014 1.01
2015 1.49


About WHS AP / Capstone program

Woodstock High School has an outstanding reputation as a leader in Advanced Placement (AP) in Northern Illinois. In addition to one of the broadest selection of offerings in McHenry County, we also have a number of teachers who serve the College Board as test readers.

Our faculty believes so strongly in AP courses that the successful completion of at least one AP course, or a capstone course identified by each department, meets one of the requirements of our Woodstock Cum Laude graduate status. Students from WHS consistently score well above the national average on the AP exams. In addition to having a growing number of students taking tests, a very high percentage of our students earned a 3 or higher on their exam.

Woodstock High School AP courses:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Music Theory
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History

Woodstock High School 2014-2015 Capstone courses:

WHS 2013 AP Scholars

National AP Scholar - Grant Stec 

Scholars With Distinction - Graham Ellinghausen, Henry Gantner, Brian Hess, Mariglen Isufi, Jorie Karafa, Wyatt Meyer, Ian Ordonez, Peter Papadopoulos, Grant Stec, Jack Uidl

Scholars With Honors - Anna Blaho, Andrew Davis, Brianne Fudala, Gabriel Klinefelter, Kevin Lara, HannahLittle, Kerstin Wolf

ScholarsZachary Bellevia, Zachary Fabos, John Gelasi, David Green, Morgan Hofmann, Phillip Krueger, Rachel Kubacha, John Morefield, Kyle Olesen, Divyesh Patel, Kajal Patel, Maitiu Sexton, Jessica Tapia, Jordan Turner, Katy Watt  

WHS 2015 AP Diploma Award Winners

Recipients of this award must take five or more Advanced Placement tests as well as earn a B- or above in five or more AP classes. 

Jessica Albright
Olivia Botello
Colleen Brown
Mia Eldridge
Amy Fischbach
Jack Fischbach
Clarissa Ihssen
Amanda Jandernoa
Zoe Meyer-Thomas
Dillon Nerland
Andrea Ordonez-Herrera
Olivia Schuette
Sarah Semmen
Travis Soltys
Connor Wilhelm