Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized program that allows students to enrich the Ontario Curriculum with the goal of achieving university accreditation.
ENGLISH: Pre-Advanced Placement Grades 9, 10, and 11, Advanced Placement Grade 12
MATHEMATICS: Pre-Advanced Placement Grades 9, 10, and 11, Advanced Placement Grade 12
For course descriptions, read the Pages (horizontal bar) under each Grade Level.
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.