Advanced Placement

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Advanced Placement

  • 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.
  • Pre-AP courses are offered in grades 9 – 11.
  • AP courses are offered in grade 12.  They are audited by the AP College Board and include writing AP exams in May.

English

  • grade 9 – English Pre-AP – ENG1DP
  • grade 10 – English Pre-AP – ENG2DP
  • grade 11 – English Pre-AP – ENG3UP
  • grade 12 – English AP – ENG4UP

French

  • grade 9 – French Pre-AP – FSF1DP
  • grade 10 – French Pre-AP – FSF2DP
  • grade 11 – French Pre-AP – FSF3UP
  • grade 12 – French AP – FSF4UP

Math

  • grade 9 – Math Pre-AP – MFM1DP
  • grade 10 – Math Pre-AP – MFM2DP
  • grade 11 – Functions Pre-AP – MFM3UP
  • grade 12 – Advanced FunctionPre-AP – MHF4UP Sem. 1
  • grade 12 – Calculus AB and Vectors – MCV4UP Sem. 2

Science

  • grade 9 – Science Pre-AP – SNC1DP
  • grade 10 – Science Pre-AP – SNC2DP
  • grade 11 – Physics Pre-AP – SPH3UP – Sem.1
  • grade 12 – Physics AP – SPH4UP – Sem. 2
  • grade 12 – Biology Pre-AP – SBI3UP – Sem. 1
  • grade 12 – Biology AP – SBI4UP – Sem. 2
  • 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 achieve higher grades in University than students with similar grades in High School who did not.  

  • 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.

  • Qualified Grade 8 Students may select any Grade 9 Pre-AP courses they wish.
  • Students are not required to take the entire Pre-AP/AP program, and they may opt out of courses in future grades.
  • It is possible to opt into Pre-AP/AP courses in later grades without the previous Pre-AP course; however, students would then be responsible for filling in any gaps in their learning (with the support of their teacher).
  • Students in Pre-AP/AP courses complete Ontario curriculum with appropriate extensions designed to prepare students for writing the Grade 12 AP exams in May.
  • The Grade 12 AP exam is optional, and the results stay confidential until the student decides to release their marks.
  • Admission to Pre-AP grade 9 courses requires Student, Parent, and Grade 8 Teacher to  complete the Pre-AP Self-Assessment and Teacher Referral.
  • Admission to Pre-AP/AP  grade 10-12 courses requires recommendation from current subject teachers.
  • All interested students must select Pre-AP courses in Career Cruising.
  • For more information, please visit our website