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.
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.
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.