- Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized program that allows students to enrich the Ontario Curriculum with the goal of achieving university accreditation while enrolled at St. Benedict.
- Pre-AP courses are offered in grades 9 – 11.
- AP courses are offered in grade 12. They are audited by the AP College Board and include the option of writing the AP exam for Literature and Composition which takes place in May.
- Pre-AP and AP brochure: Advanced Placement Brochure
- topics and material studied in greater depth
- enriched learning opportunities
- thought-provoking discussion
- interaction with other motivated learners
- The focus is not to create more work, but a different kind of work that challenges a student’s higher order thinking skills.
- highly able learners looking to be challenged
- students with a passion for learning
- self-motivated learners with strong communication and analytical skills
- grades are only one of the many factors that help determine a student’s suitability for AP
- for students and parents to complete and discuss with Grade 8 teachers:
- Grade 8 – Pre-Advanced Placement – Self-Assessment Form for English and Math: Self Assessment Form
- Grouping highly able learners creates an environment where students can challenge each other and thrive.
- Students will gain a wealth of experience and critical thinking skills that will benefit them all of their lives.
- University credits may be awarded to students that perform well on the Grade 12 AP exams in May.
- Students who write the AP Exam typically achieve higher grades in university than student with similar grades in high school who did not.
- Students are not required to take the entire Pre-AP/AP Program, and they may opt out of courses in future grades.
- It is possible to opt into Pre-AP/AP courses in the later grades without the previous Pre-AP course; however, students would then be responsible for filling in any gaps in their learning (with the support of their teachers).
- Students in Pre-AP/AP courses complete Ontario curriculum with appropriate extensions designed to prepare students for writing the Grade 12 AP exam(s).
- AP exam results stay confidential until the student elects to release them. Some students will opt not to write the exam.
Rationale in Growing Success for actively promoting AP:
“…every school board in Ontario must have procedures in place to identify the level of development, learning abilities, and needs of every child who is enrolled in the school, and to ensure that educational programs are designed to accommodate those needs and to facilitate the child’s growth and development…”
From AP045 (Advanced Placement – Enriched Curriculum Delivery):
“Pre-AP and AP Enriched Curriculum is defined as an audited body of measurable knowledge and skills that extends beyond the Ontario Curriculum Expectations and provides highly able students with the rigour needed to succeed in post-secondary studies.”