Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of acceleration and enrichment that allows gifted or highly motivated students to begin college or university studies while still in secondary school. The junior high curriculum will be accelerated to complete three years work in two. Students will eventually be able to take university level courses in their grade 12 year. This program is recommended for only the outstanding student who wishes to be academically challenged. Candidates for AP courses will be determined by the school.
Grade 12 students may write College Board Examinations in Calculus, Information Technology, Physics, Chemistry, and English Literature, and possibly in French (Language), Music Theory, Spanish and German. Satisfactory grades on AP Examinations may offer many benefits. Advanced Placement in college or university allows you to skip work you’ve already done in high school and move on to higher level courses. You will also gain time to explore subject areas that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to study. The basic reason for taking an AP course, however, is to learn a subject in greater depth, to develop analytical reasoning skills, and to develop disciplined study habits appropriate for continued success at the post secondary level.
In addition to the advantages mentioned, another advantage of taking AP courses would be a student may select a single course or a combination of courses. This allows for:
- A gradual acclimatization to collegiate work load and pace.
- Enrichment without sacrifice of extracurricular activities.
- Students are able to decrease their time spent in the university lab by as much as two thirds due to their confidence and experience gained in their AP classes.
- Excellent preparation for provincial as well as many external scholarship exams.
Formerly English as a Second Language (ESL)
For students who have recently immigrated to Canada and whose first language is not English. This program includes direct language instruction and tutoring in mainstream courses as well as assistance in adjusting to new culture.
For students who show a giftedness or high achievement in the areas of academics, creativity and/or talent. The program attempts to individualize itself to suit the needs of each student. There are group projects, individual projects of study in areas of particular interest to the student, professional mentorship initiatives and field studies. Admission to the program is based on teacher recommendation, student interest and an interview with the director of the program.