Advanced Placement

Learn more about AP® and view our brochure 2021 AP Brochure

Click here to view information specific to the AP program in the 2020-21 school year. For more information please visit:

Advanced Placement: Open House Presentation

Advanced Placement Live Stream Recording

Advanced Placement Contact List

Questions? Please contact our AP® Coordinator Trudi Williamson.

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 15 AP® courses:
Art & Design, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computing Science Principles, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, French Language and Culture, Physics 1, Physics 2, Statistics, Capstone Seminar, and Capstone Research. 

Each AP® course has a "pre-AP" (honors) 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.

Coming soon AP courses: Microeconomics, Music Theory, and Spanish Language and Culture.

Post Secondary and AP

University of Alberta

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

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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 Exams 2020-21

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 21, 2020 for Quarter 1 classes so we can send the information to the College Board. Quarter 2 classes, please complete your registration by November 20, 2020 and Quarter 3 and 4 classes please complete your registration by March 5, 2021.

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 28, 2020

AP Virtual Open House Information Session for new students January 28, 2021 6 p.m.

Exam Payment Deadline April 1, 2021
AP Breakfast May 3, 2021 7 a.m. (tentative depending on AHS restrictions)
AP Exams May 3-14, 2021
AP Celebration Night May 17, 2021

AP Statistics 35 *New Course 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.