AP® Summer Institute

Advanced Placement (AP®) courses introduce high school students to academically challenging material and then give them an opportunity to earn college credit by taking AP® exams. The AP® Summer Institute (APSI) prepares new and current AP® teachers to develop and teach an AP® course.

About the Program

The AP® Summer Institute is designed for:

  • teachers who want to learn to teach AP® courses in one of the content areas;
  • current AP® teachers;
  • teachers of gifted and talented students, and gifted program coordinators;
  • teachers and administrators wishing to learn how to establish Advanced Placement programs at their local schools or school districts;
  • teachers and administrators who wish to strengthen the core curriculum.

In addition to discussing questions about AP® subject-area content, teachers will receive an overview of the Advanced Placement program and learn how to successfully complete the College Board's required AP® Course Audit.

APSI will take place online from June 28 - July 2, 2021.

The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges/universities to provide college-level learning experiences to students who have not yet graduated from high school. Almost all colleges and universities consider AP® exam results for both admissions and college credit.

AP® introduces high school students to academically challenging material, and then gives them an opportunity to show what they have learned by taking AP® exams, considered the national standard in each content area. Recent research has shown that success on these exams, demonstrated by a score of 3, 4, or 5, is a strong predictor of higher college grade-point averages as well overall success in college. And participation in AP® classes, even without that level of attainment on the exams, was correlated with outstanding results on the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS).

All APSI instructors are College Board-Endorsed AP® Consultants.

Even if you are not going to teach an AP® class, the content and methods from the APSI at the Belin-Blank Center open up a myriad of teaching possibilities. I admit it---I was so energized about content after attending APSI!!

Jill Schany, APSI participant from Emmetsburg High School

2020 Courses


Instructor: Jeff Smith

AP®Calculus AB

Instructor: Michael Koehler

AP®English Language & Composition

Instructor: Tom Reynolds

AP®English Literature & Composition

Instructor: Maridella Carter

AP®U.S. Government & Politics

Instructor: Brian Stevens

AP®U.S. History

Instructor: Ralph Rollins

How to Register

Want to join us? We're here to help with all the information you will need in order to register.

Registration Process

Here's how to register:

  1. Scroll down to the "Ready to Register" section and click the Register button. This will take you to our registration form on Cvent.
  2. Complete the registration form for your selected class. Be sure to indicate whether you'd like to request housing in a university residence hall (additional fee applies).
  3. To pay, please contact Lori Hudson (apsi@belinblank.org) at the Belin-Blank Center. Please note that your registration is not valid until payment is received. If payment arrangements have not been finalized by June 1, 2020, your registration will be dropped. If you are the recipient of a College Board scholarship, please share that information.
  4. If you'd like to apply for a $450 grant for Iowa teachers, offered by the Iowa Online AP Academy, submit a completed application form to apsi@belinblank.org by June 1, 2020. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis to eligible teachers (see Financial Aid section).

Optional (see "After You've Registered" below for details; additional fees apply):

  • Register for Iowa licensure renewal units
  • Register for academic credit



Early registration class fee for the AP Summer Institute is $600 per session. Registration fees received after June 15, 2020 will be $650 per session.

Class fees include:

  • Instruction from experienced and highly-qualified consultants
  • Course materials
  • Sample textbooks
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Lunches Monday - Thursday (June 29-July 2)

Academic credit, travel, parking, and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in the APTTI registration fee.

Payment Deadlines

You must pay in full by the first day of APSI to attend. All fees are payable to the Belin-Blank Center. Participants or schools can make payments via credit card, cash, check, or purchase order.

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance

Iowa teachers are eligible for a grant from the Belin-Blank Center's Iowa Online AP Academy to attend APSI at a reduced cost. Preference will be given to those who have not received the grant during the past three summers, but funding may also be available for others. Eligible Iowa teachers must complete a grant application form to be considered. If there are more eligible teachers than grants, then grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and a waitlist will be generated.

Pre-service teachers currently studying at the University of Iowa are also eligible to attend APSI at a reduced fee of $100. Contact apsi@belinblank.org to pursue this option.

For more information about either of these options, contact Lori Hudson (apsi@belinblank.org) at the Belin-Blank Center.

The College Board is offering the following scholarships to attend APSI. The deadline for these scholarship applications is in February 2020. For more information, visit http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-grants.

  • AP® Fellows Program for teachers serving minority or low-income students
  • AP® Rural Fellows Program for teachers serving in low-income areas

Ready to Register?

Registration will open in the spring.

After You've Registered

Come prepared for APSI to energize and excite you about teaching your AP® course! Here are all the details you'll need while making your plans to join us.

Before You Arrive

Be sure to read any communication from your instructor. Some instructors assign homework to be completed by the first day of class.

Academic Credit Options

Teachers who register for APSI may pursue additional opportunities for graduate-level academic credit (additional fees and registration required). University credit is not included in the cost of APSI, but a substantial scholarship from the Belin-Blank Center will support a portion of the tuition. Fees are $560 / semester hour for graduate credit.

Courses Available

Teachers who register for APSI can enroll in one or both of the following graduate-level courses from the University of Iowa, with an automatic 50% graduate tuition scholarship:

  • Teacher Training AP Courses (EDTL: 5080:0WKA); 2 semester hours of graduate credit
    • "Earn academic credit for your work at APSI! For this course, you must complete your APSI class, as well as any additional work your APSI instructor assigns. If enrolled in this course, you will earn two hours of credit toward the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement (programming strand)." 
  • Differentiation at the Secondary Level (EDTL:4074:0WKA); 1 hour of graduate credit
    • "High-ability secondary students need differentiation rooted in the content area under study. Advanced Placement is reviewed as one option for gifted secondary students; alternatives from dual enrollment to mentoring and Open Courseware are explored. Options link student abilities/needs to curriculum applications. This course is online, so you can learn from anywhere!"

How to Enroll

Enrolling for academic credit is a two-step process:

  1. You must first register with the University of Iowa
  2. Then you must enroll in the appropriate course. 

For instructions on completing the university registration and course enrollment processes see: How to Enroll for University of Iowa Credit.

Please complete both the university registration and course enrollment processes online before you arrive at APSI. University registration and course enrollment forms will also be available on-site at APSI check-in.

For more information about academic credit options, contact our professional development team (educators@belinblank.org) at the Belin-Blank Center.

Iowa Licensure Renewal Units

Teachers who register for APSI may also register for Iowa licensure renewal units through the University of Iowa's Teacher Leader Center (additional $180 fee and registration required). Successful completion of an APSI class qualifies for two licensure units.

For instructions on registering for Iowa licensure renewal units, see: How to Register for Iowa Licensure Renewal Units. For other questions about Iowa Licensure Renewal Units please contact Kari Vogelgesang (kari-vogelgesang@uiowa.edu).

Daily Schedule

June 29
8:30 - 9:15amOnsite check-in and receive workshop materials at Blank Honors Center
9:30 amOpening Session
10:00 - 5:00 pmClass
June 30 - July 2
8:00 - 5:00pmClass

Visiting Iowa City


All 2020 APSI classes will be held on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Location and directions to specific classes will be provided to registered participants prior to the start of APSI. APSI's "home base" is the Blank Honors Center, located near the intersection of Clinton Street and Market Street. Other building information can be located on the maps page by hovering or searching for the designated building.

A campus map of the University of Iowa can be found on the University of Iowa website

The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is just 20 minutes north of downtown Iowa City and is served by most major airlines. For more information about the airport and ground transportation, please visit their website.

For driving directions to the Blank Honors Center, click here.

Traffic Alert: Particularly during the summer months, there are often road construction projects that can cause traffic delays for travelers coming into Iowa City. For more information on road closures please visit the City of Iowa City's website.


For campus parking information, click here. The closest campus parking options to APSI classrooms include the North Campus Parking Ramp and the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Parking Ramp. Visitor Parking Coupons, which reduce the graduated rate to the standard rate, are available and will be distributed during APSI.

For parking managed by the City of Iowa City, an overview of downtown parking is available here, and specific information on meters, ramps, and rates can be found here. City ramps that are closest to APSI classrooms include the Iowa City Tower Place Ramp and the Iowa City Capitol Street Ramp. Both ramps and meters allow for payment via cash or credit cards. Real-time parking availability for the downtown area (including ramps and meters) can be found by visiting parkme.com.

Free street parking in downtown neighborhoods is limited and requires careful attention to the posted signs in order to avoid parking tickets due to the Odd/Even parking system.


Limited on-campus housing is available at Currier Hall for APSI participants June 28– July 2, 2020. Check-in begins Sunday, June 28 at 4:00 pm; check-out is Thursday, July 2 by noon. The cost of housing does not include parking or meals. Reservations for on-campus housing can be made online during the registration process. For more information regarding on-campus housing and meals, contact Lori Hudson (apsi@belinblank.org) at the Belin-Blank Center or consult the Summer Housing Guidebook.

Lodging options in downtown Iowa City include the Iowa House HotelHilton Garden InnHyatt PlaceGraduate, and Hotel Vetro. Information on other area hotels, including options in neighboring Coralville, can be found at the Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For further information about Iowa City, visit the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. For information about the downtown area, which is within walking distance to APSI, visit the Iowa City Downtown District.


Meal tickets to Catlett Market Place will be provided for lunch and are included in the cost of registration. Breakfast, dinner, and other meals/snacks are NOT included in the cost of APSI. The Iowa City Downtown District provides a list of area restaurants. Quick options can be found here. Most campus buildings also have vending machine options available.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are subject to a $55 cancellation fee if received by June 15, 2020. Cancellations after that time are non-refundable.

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