Benefits of taking Advanced Placement courses
Dual Admission: Many universities will use the higher grade of either AP exam or the mark awarded by Alberta Education for that course when determining competitive averages for applications. This gives the students two opportunities to achieve a competitive mark!
AP Exam Result
Course Grade Equivalent
Advanced Credit: Students may receive transfer credit on successfully completing the AP exam with a 4 or 5 (on a 5 scale), thus saving expensive post-secondary tuition and/or allowing for greater flexibility in their college or university course schedule.
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University of Alberta
Higher University Success: Research shows that students who write the AP Exam typically experience greater academic success than similar students who do not participate in AP, no matter what mark they receive on the AP exam!
Advanced Placement Opportunities at LSL
AP in-class courses include:
- English Literature and Composition
- Calculus AB
- Physics 1
- Psychology AP
AP on-line courses include:
- Environmental Sciences
- European History
- Art History
To recover the cost of the AP program, students enrolled in AP are billed a non-refundable $150 (split over two years: $75 in grade 11 and $75 in grade 12). The total fee of $150 covers one or more AP classes and exams the student is enrolled in. There are no additional fees.
AP Exam Schedule:
AP Program Overview:
Advanced Placement was created by Harvard, Princeton, and Yale and is run by The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP), a collaborative community of AP teachers and students, states, districts, schools, colleges, and universities committed to the daily work of developing college-level knowledge and skills since 1955. More than 5 million AP exams are written yearly around the world and AP is the most recognized enhanced program in North America.
Addressing Misconceptions Surrounding Advanced Placement Courses
One of the most common misconceptions amongst students and their parents is that student marks will be lower because AP classes are harder; however, AP courses are structured so that the students are always at an advantage.
· For content-based courses like Math or Science, exam questions that are outside of the Alberta Program of Studies are kept separate and are not factored into the mark that will appear on the student’s transcript.
· For skill-based writing courses, such as English, students are graded according to the rubrics established by Alberta Education. Even though the literature studied is at an advanced level, the assessment is at grade level. If students do assignments specific to the content on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, they are assessed and receive feedback, but the scores are not included as part of their English 30 course grade.
Advanced Placement is not a program that is strictly for the “academic elite.” i.e. those with 80% and above averages. Determination for placement into the Advanced Placement program should be based on enthusiasm for learning and interest in the subject area.
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