• Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized program that allows students to enrich the Ontario Curriculum with the goal of achieving university accreditation while enrolled at St. Mary’s High School.
  • AP Prep courses are offered in grades 10 – 11.
  • AP courses are offered in grade 12.  They are audited by the AP College Board and include writing AP exams in May.
  • Department web pages – for more subject-specific info on AP at St. Mary’s HS:  English  |  French  |  Math  |  Science
  • AP for Grade 10 through 12 students – AP Brochure 
  • AP at the WCDSB – website
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AP Self Assessment Form  for students and parents to complete and discuss when considering AP courses
  • 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 are not required to take the entire AP Prep/AP Program, and they may opt out of courses in future grades.
  • It is possible to opt into AP Prep/AP courses in the later grades without the previous AP Prep course; however, students would then be responsible for filling in any gaps in their learning (with the support of their teachers).
  • Students in AP Prep/AP courses complete Ontario curriculum with appropriate extensions designed to prepare students for writing the Grade 12 AP exams.
  • AP exam results stay confidential until the student elects to release them.  Some students will opt not to write the exam.

AP Pathways – all subjects, all grades:

  • All interested students must select AP Prep/AP courses in “My Blueprint”.
    (“My Blueprint” is a student web-based Individualized Pathways Planner (IPP))
  • AP Self Assessment Form – for students and parents to complete and discuss with current teachers when considering AP Prep/AP courses.

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.

The following links provide students with various academic resources and additional Advanced Placement information:

The Purdue University Writing Lab

Literary Theory and Criticism

AP College Board

Misc. Links