Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized program that allows students to enrich the Ontario Curriculum with the goal of achieving university accreditation.

AP English Literature and Comprehension:

What does AP provide?

  • topics and material studied in greater depth
  • enriched learning opportunities
  • thought-provoking discussion
  • interaction with other motivated learners
  • The focus is not to create more work, but a different kind of work that challenges a student’s higher order thinking skills.

Who should consider AP?

  • highly able learners looking to be challenged
  • students with a passion for learning
  • self-motivated learners with strong communication and analytical skills
  • Grades are only one of the many factors that help determine a student’s suitability for AP.

How do students benefit from AP?

  • Grouping highly able learners creates an environment where students can challenge each other and thrive.
  • Students will gain a wealth of experience and critical thinking skills that will benefit them all of their lives.
  • University credits may be awarded to students that perform well on their Grade 12 AP exams.
  • Students who write the AP Exam typically achieve higher grades in university than student with similar grades in high school who did not.

What does the research say about AP students?

Research shows that the best predictor of whether or not a student completes a university degree is not their high school grades or standardized tests. Rather, the best predictor is how many challenging courses a student has taken in high school. Students who challenge themselves with AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete a university degree in four years or less.

Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund

The Ted Rogers Scholarship was created in honour of our founder, Ted Rogers. Launching in 2017, the goal of the scholarship is to ensure the success of future generations of Canadians by helping young leaders across the country succeed in their educational aspirations. By focusing on the importance of youth development and education, we are helping to break down barriers that Canadian youth face in order to help our next generation of leaders shine.

STEPHEN HAWKING: January 8, 1942 to March 14, 2018

Article by Greg Mercer

Hawking’s significant star power raised the international profile of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

In research visits and partnerships, he endorsed their missions and collaborated with their brightest minds.

When Perimeter opened the Stephen Hawking Centre, the only building in the world to bear his name, the renowned physicist said Waterloo Region was gathering the ingredients for historic scientific breakthroughs.

“The importance of special places and special times, where magical progress can happen, cannot be overstated. I am hoping, and expecting, great things will happen here,” the wheelchair-bound scientist said at the time.

Hawking, who was a distinguished visiting research chair at Perimeter, celebrated the local institute as a “grand experiment in theoretical physics” exploring the questions that were closest to his heart.

“He was an incredible scientist who has changed the way we think about the universe. His work will continue to inspire scientists all over the world, and generations for years to come,” said Raymond Laflamme, the former director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Hawking was a close collaborator and friend with Perimeter director Neil Turok, who like Laflamme once worked with him at the University of Cambridge.


SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math). There are currently more than 16,300 SHAD alumni including 32 Rhodes Scholars, Top 40 Under 40 & Top 20 Under 20 award recipients, and many other accomplished professionals, all sharing the transformational SHAD experience and able to leverage their SHAD network for life. Founded in 1980, SHAD is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Students selected through the rigorous, competitive process for places in the summer program are top performers who are also well-rounded emerging leaders demonstrating initiative, creativity and flair. They are leaders in their schools, volunteers in their communities, and are often gifted musicians, artists and athletes.