Advanced Placement Information for Students and Families
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.
For any questions please contact our AP Coordinator Cherum Orr.
AP® at Bev Facey
Bev Facey regularly offers 7 AP® courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, Physics 1, and Physics 2.
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.
Please visit the AP FAQ 2018-2019 for valuable information regarding typical questions asked.
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