I’ve put together a couple of pictures on the availability of AP courses to students in high schools. Over a third of schools do not offer AP courses. Two thirds of charter schools don’t offer AP courses.
What surprised me even more is that many schools don’t allow students to self-select into AP courses. The specific survey question is “Are students allowed to self-select to participate in any AP courses?” About a quarter of regular schools and nearly half of charter schools (among those offering AP courses) answered “no.”
I suppose a few schools may be answering no because they require all students to take an AP course. I deeply suspect that most of the data is driven by reserving AP courses for the “elite.”