AP Summer Institute

The AP® Summer Institute at Rice University offers challenging AP professional development courses that address advanced topics in AP.

26th Annual AP®  Summer Institute

THREE WEEKS OF COURSES: July 14-17 · July 21-24 · July 28-31

Instructors: Courses are led by experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated College Board-endorsed lead consultants who have a broad range of knowledge and proven ability presenting to their peers. Instructors include AP test development committee members, AP exam readers, winners of special recognition awards from the College Board, and winners of regional and national teaching awards. 

When: Each course meets Tuesday through Friday of its given week, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Courses are held on the Rice University campus.

Registration opens December 2019. 

Professional Development Credits: Participants will receive up to 30 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits or 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU). SBEC Continuing Professional Education Provider Number 500571

Acknowledgment of Enrollment: Once you register for a course through our online registration system, you will be enrolled in the course. An enrollment acknowledgment will immediately be sent to the email address on your account showing payment confirmation or including instructions for submitting payment via check. In some cases, a course may be full, and you will have the option of getting on a waiting list. A waiting list is automatically created for a course once it has filled to capacity. If a spot should become available in that filled course, and you are next on the waiting list, you will receive an email to the email address on file with instructions for completing registration for that specific course. Please contact our office, 713-348-6031, if you have any questions.

Housing: Housing is available on campus and at a local hotel. See details below.

Air travel: Those making plane reservations should choose departure times after 7 p.m. on the last day of the Institute. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover travel expenses in the event of a course cancellation or other unforeseen event. Rice does not reimburse participants for any travel-related expenses. See Traveling to Houston for more information. 

Meals: Lunch will be served on campus daily and is included in the cost of tuition.

Clothing and climate: Dress for class sessions is casual and comfortable. Because summer days in Houston are hot and humid, light clothing is essential. However, all of the buildings at Rice University are well air-conditioned, and because some can even be quite cold, please pack a sweater or a cover-up.


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Registration opens December 2019.

Note: courses will be Tuesday-Friday each of the three weeks. The Institute cannot accommodate children; only enrolled adult participants will be allowed in the classroom.

TEA Reimbursement: The Texas Education Agency has historically funded teacher training reimbursements of up to $400 per teacher who completes a TEA-approved training. The amount of the teacher training reimbursement has been dependent upon the total number of eligible applicants and the amount of funding available after the payment of exam fee subsidies. More information is available on the TEA AP/IB Incentive Program webpage.

Please visit the TEA website for updates related to the AP/IB Incentive program. District personnel with AP/IB program responsibilities may wish to join the AP/IB Incentive listserv.

For more information about the Texas AP/IB Incentive Program, please contact TEA directly.

College Board Fellows: The College Board AP Fellows program is an annual competitive grant program that provides scholarships for secondary school teachers planning to teach AP courses in schools that serve minority and/or low-income students who have been traditionally underrepresented in AP courses. The scholarships assist teachers with the cost of attending an AP Summer Institute. Please go to the following link to view additional information and the registration form: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/professional-development/workshops-summer-institutes/summer-institute-scholarships


Early registration: $545* (until April 14)
Standard registration: $595* (April 15-June 29)
Late registration: $645* (after June 29)

*Some courses have an additional $50 supply fee added to the tuition amount. This fee covers the extensive additional supplies required for the course.

A block of rooms has been reserved for participants at the hotel listed below. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and reserve your room as soon as possible, as the special Workshop rate cannot be guaranteed after the reserved block of rooms has been filled.

Please arrive in Houston the day before your course begins and schedule your hotel reservations accordingly.

We have contracted a courtesy shuttle to provide round-trip transportation service from the hotel to the Rice campus. If you are registered at other hotels, please check with their concierge about transportation to Rice.

Houston Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: (713) 796-0080

 Week  Dates  Group Link  Deadline
 Week 1  July 14-17 Reservation Link Coming Soon  June 17, 2020
 Week 2  July 21-24 Reservation Link Coming Soon  June 24, 2020
 Week 3  July 28-31 Reservation Link Coming Soon  July 1, 2020

Rice University offers dormitories for your stay within our beautiful campus. Each room is equipped with a bed, dresser, closet, desk and chair. Please do not register for campus housing until you are registered in your desired course. Additionally, please pay careful attention that you are registering for campus housing during the week in which your APSI course is held.

  • To register for campus housing for week 1, July 14-17, Link coming soon  
  • To register for campus housing for week 2, July 21-24, Link coming soon  
  • To register for campus housing for week 3, July 28-31, Link coming soon  

Check in: Monday from 3-5 p.m. only. Keys are not available after 5 p.m. please plan your travel accordingly.

Check out: Friday from 4:30-5:00 p.m.


  • $475 (until June 14)
  • $500 (after June 14)

Price includes parking, breakfast Tuesday-Friday and dinner Monday-Thursday. Lunch Tuesday-Friday is included with workshop registration. 

The following items are NOT provided by Rice housing. You must make arrangements to bring them yourself.

  • Towels
  • Toiletries to include shampoo, soap, etc
  • Sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • TV, computer (wireless internet is available at no cost)
  • Alarm clock
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hangers

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for information on refunds and cancellations.

Dining Services 
Dining services provides breakfast and dinner for campus housing guests. Special dietary needs can be accommodated within reason. Please indicate this on your housing form.

Campus Parking 

Campus parking is included with your tuition and provided in an assigned lot, to be determined. The Rice shuttle bus travels the “inner loop route” from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays. After that time participants will need to walk across campus to return to their housing.

Information Technology 
Free wireless internet access is available throughout campus. No password is necessary.

Fondren Library Public research terminals are located directly around the reference desk on the first floor of the library. Computers for online catalog searching are also available on each floor. 
Computer access for e-mail and word processing is not available to the public. (library.rice.edu/)

Please refer to our Frequently Ask Questions page for information regarding cancellations, changes, substitutions, wait lists, etc.

The College Board encourages AP teachers to take advantage of professional development. Based on survey data, teachers across the country have found AP professional development to be extremely valuable. Teachers who do attend an AP Summer Institute in 2020 should be able to:

  • Understand the Course
  • The course framework defines the scope of the course and specifies what students must know and do to be successful on the AP Exam.
  • Plan the Course
  • Sequencing, pacing, and scaffolding are essential for building students’ understanding and their ability to transfer and apply knowledge and skills.
  • Teach the Course
  • Effective instructional strategies help students to develop a mastery of course content and skills over time.
  • Assess Student Progress and Understanding
  • Learning requires time, practice, and regular feedback.