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Advanced Placement

What are the benefits of AP?

The Advanced Placement Program:

  • allows students to study one or more subjects at an advanced level, depending upon the individual student's interests and expertise
  • provides enrichment and challenge for academically talented and well motivated students 
  • helps students develop and practice higher order thinking skills
  • assists with transition from high school to post-secondary studies
  • helps students prepare for scholarship examinations and AP College Board examinations
  • provides students with an opportunity to earn university credits, standing and/or placement while in high school.

Who should take AP courses?

Generally, a grade of 75-80% in a prerequisite course is suggested for students who wish to take an AP course.  More important is the student's motivation and commitment to the importance of education.

To be successful, students should have the following characteristics:

  • enjoy a challenge
  • have a well-developed work ethic
  • be self-disciplined and self-motivated
  • be motivated to achieve
  • find learning stimulating and exciting
  • have parental support and approval.

What courses should I take?

Grade 10 students are encouraged to enrol in as many AP courses as possible. Students who register in an AP course in one grade are not obligated to remain in the AP stream for all three years. On occasion a student might choose to move into the AP stream in grade 11 or 12. Generally it is easier to start in AP and move out if necessary than to try to catch up in grades 11 or 12.

Courses offered





Various language exam challenges *See the Advance Placement Coordinator if you have advanced language skills in a first language.

ONLINE Courses offered
The following AP courses are available for online study including: Statistics, Psychology and European History. See the Advanced Placement Coordinator for more information and to register for ONLINE COURSES TODAY!

How does AP fit in with the Alberta High School Program?

AP fits in very well with all Alberta High School curriculum requirements.  Typically, AP courses build upon the Alberta Curriculum and provide additional enrichment.  By the end of grade 12, students in AP courses will have exceeded the Alberta requirements in those areas.
AP exams are held during the month of May each year.

Will taking AP courses affect extracurricular activities?

The time commitment to AP will depend largely on how many AP courses a student takes.  At present, a number of our AP scholars are very involved in many different activities both in and out of school including athletics, music, Student Council, clubs, and graduation committees.  Because of the flexibility of the program, AP students can be involved in other areas that interest them without jeopardizing their studies.

What are the costs for AP?

St. Oscar Romero High School provides AP students with all the materials required in the various courses. 

Scholarship and Scholar AwardsAP.pdf

 Frequently Asked Questions about AP.pdf







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