Advanced Placement

Learn more about AP® and view AP Brochure 2020

Click here to view information about our 2019-20 Information Session

Please contact our AP® Coordinator Cherum Orr.

Advanced Placement carries the same workload and expectations as the -1 stream but may move at a faster pace. This allows opportunity for delving further into content and including additional AP curriculum if it differs from the Alberta Education curriculum. In many courses, the Alberta curriculum is very closely aligned with the Advanced Placement curriculum and there is very little variance.

The assessments and standards of assessment are the same for an AP class and a -1 class as we only report a final mark to Alberta Education based on our curriculum. Students in AP may have formative assessments within their PowerSchool simply to highlight their achievement on additional AP material, but that will not affect their summative assessments UNLESS an advanced assessment shows improved learning as per Administrative Procedure 360, teacher’s may include this positive improvement to the student grade.

Why take the Advanced Placement exam? Universities and colleges recognize scores on Advanced Placement exams and courses as potential replacement percentages over final grades for admission. For the University of Alberta this equates to a 76%, 86%, or 96%. This percentage would replace the overall average from Alberta Education if it is higher. A-level universities recognize a score of 4 or 5 as credit for many equivalent introductory courses. Many B-level universities and colleges also recognize a score of  3. This can provide opportunities for students to qualify for mini “scholarship” opportunities based on their results and ensuing post-secondary course requirements. These opportunities are specific to each university and college but the U of A documentation has been included here for reference.

Lastly, many post-secondary institutions are moving to a holistic application which includes more than admission averages. Within this scope, students who are challenging themselves with the rigor and focus of an AP course, are receiving a higher recommendation for admission.

Bev Facey regularly offers 9 AP® courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, Physics 1, Physics 2, Capstone Seminar, and Capstone Research. 

Each AP® course has a "pre-AP" (honors) course leading into it. For example, to take the Biology AP exam in Grade 12, students are required to take Science 10AP & Biology 20AP.

Coming soon AP courses: English Language and Composition, Drama, Art, Computer Science Principles, Music Theory, French Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture

Please visit Advanced Placement Information Session  for more information or download the Re-Designing Advanced Placement pdf.

Post Secondary and AP

University of Alberta

Grant MacEwan

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What do my AP courses transfer into at the U of A?

Want to explore how your Advanced Placement courses can prepare you for specific careers or majors of study at post-secondary? Follow the link below:

AP Statistics 35 *New Course for 2020-2021*

Statistics 35 AP is an introduction to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  Do cell phones cause brain cancer? Do people Iive longer in wealthier countries? Does listening to music while studying help or hinder learning? These are just a few questions that statistics can help answer.  A solid understanding of statistics will enable you to make sound, data-based decisions in your career and everyday life. 

The number of students who enroll in an introductory statistics course in post-secondary is almost as large as the number of students who take a calculus course.  An introductory statistics course, similar to Stats 35 AP, is typically required for majors such as social sciences, health sciences, and business.  Science, engineering and mathematics majors usually take an upper-level calculus-based course in statistics, for which Stats 35 AP would be an effective preparation.

Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, for a one-semester introductory college or university level statistics course.  This is an AP course that could be completed in your grade 11 year, as it does not require Math 30 – 1 as a prerequisite.  Students who have successfully completed Math 10C with a recommended mark of 80% or higher may register in Statistics 35 AP, however Math 20 – 1 is a prerequisite and would have to be completed prior to taking Stats 35 AP. 

AP Exams 2020-21

Please complete your registration on your College Board account as well as complete the linked form Advanced Placement Exam Registration online or the AP Exam Registration Form 2019-20 to register for a writing session. You may also choose to get a printed form from the office. Please have your registration returned by October 15, 2020 so we can send the information to the College Board.

Below you will find some links to post-secondary institutions in our area where you can explore the benefits of writing the Advanced Placement exams:

Important Dates for Advanced Placement:

Exam Registration Deadline October 15, 2020

AP Information Session for new students January 28, 2021 6-7pm Learning Commons

Exam Payment Deadline April 1, 2021

AP Breakfast May 3, 2021 7am

AP Exams May 3-14, 2021

AP Celebration Night May 17, 2021