Advanced Placement

AP Open House 2022

Our Advanced Placement Open House was held virtually, as a Microsoft Teams live event, on January 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm. Advanced Placement courses challenge highly motivated students by exposing them to post-secondary course content and encourage the development of skills needed for academic excellence beyond high school. If you are looking for information about all of the benefits of taking Advanced Placement courses or would like to learn more about how to achieve an AP Capstone Diploma please make sure to attend. The session will be recorded and posted to our website after the event.

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General Information About Advanced Placement

Learn more about AP® and view our brochure 2022 AP Brochure

Questions? Please contact our AP® Coordinator Corey Kropp.

Advanced Placement covers the same Alberta curriculum as the -1 stream and students in AP courses write the same final exam as all Bev Facey students in the -1 stream. As most of our AP students aspire to write the AP exams at the end of their program, AP courses may move at a slightly faster pace which allows students the 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 these will not affect their summative assessments UNLESS an AP assessment shows improved learning as per Administrative Procedure 360, in which case the teacher 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 30-level course mark and be used in the calculation of an 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 be exempt from taking an introductory level course 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. Also, students completing the AP Capstone Diploma are often seen as superior candidates by university admissions officers.

Bev Facey regularly offers 13 AP® courses:
Art & Design, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computing Science Principles, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, French Language and Culture, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics 2, and Statistics.

Each AP® course has a "AP prep" (honours) course leading into it. For example, to take the Biology 30 AP course in Grade 12, students are recommended to take Science 10AP & Biology 20AP. This can be adjusted based on student work ethic, final grades, and teacher recommendations.

Post Secondary and AP

University of Alberta

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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 Exam Info Session - October 20, 2021

An exam information session was held on October 20, 2021. This session covered information for current AP students who are registered in AP courses that have exams at the end of the course this year. If you were unable to attend the live presentation please use the links below to access the recording of the session and the slides used.

AP Exam Info Session Recording

AP Exam Info Session Slides

AP Exams 2021-22

Please complete your registration to access your College Board account, join your AP Classroom using the code emailed to you, as well as complete the registration for your AP Exam by choosing YES in your AP Classroom. Please have your registration completed online by October 31, 2021 for Semester 1 and full year classes so we can send the information to the College Board. If your AP class does not start until semester 2 please complete your registration by March 5, 2022.

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 31, 2021
AP Exam Schedule May 2022

AP Statistics 35

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.