High school psychology enrollment numbers

Psychology in secondary schools continues to rise

Did you know that:

  • In 2012, about 220,000 high school students took the Advanced Placement (AP) psychology exam? 

  • In the spring of 2012, nearly 16,000 high school students worldwide took the International Baccalaureate (IB) psychology exam, with over 10,500 exams taken in the United States? 

  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2009, the most recent year of available data, nearly 30 percent of graduating students earned credits in a psychology course during their four years in high school (U.S. Department of Education, 2011)? 

  • APA, thanks to funding support from the American Psychological Foundation, conducted a national survey of high school psychology teachers in early 2012? A summary of the findings will be posted to the TOPSS website in late 2012.


U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). America's high school graduates: Results from the 2009 NAEP High School Transcript Study.