• 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:

Subject Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English Destreamed AP English
French Destreamed AP Prep French
AP Prep French
AP French
Mathematics Destreamed AP Prep Math
AP Prep Functions
Advanced Functions
AP Calculus & Vectors
AP Calculus
(and Data Management)
Science Destreamed AP Prep Science
AP Prep Biology
AP Prep Physics
AP Biology
AP Physics
*MHF4UI may be taken in gr 12 semester 1, though not recommended **MCR4UU may be taken at UCEP
  • 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