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Advanced Placement

High School

The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide motivated high school students with post-secondary-level academic courses. This rigorous academic program offers students a head start in successfully navigating academic challenges they will encounter at post-secondary schools. Based on their performance on AP examinations, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for university and college courses. Students' achievements in AP courses are celebrated with course credit, College Board awards, and scholarships from most universities including the University of Alberta.

The AP Program Provides:

  1. A selection of academic courses at the post-secondary level taken in high school
  2. A focused learning environment
  3. Academic skill development in writing, research, problem solving, independence, critical thinking and responsibility
  4. Increased confidence and readiness for post-secondary studies
  5. Active, high-level learning that allows students to develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts needed to succeed in post-secondary institutions
  6. The opportunity to take courses in specific areas of student interest and ability
  7. Credit for some university and college first year courses
  8. The chance to challenge AP exams in languages other than English to receive advanced placement and admission grades for university and college

AP Students Are:

  1. Motivated to learn in a challenging academic setting
  2. Eager to engage in independent research
  3. Willing to challenge their thinking
  4. Inclined to look at the world through a global perspective
  5. Aspiring to academic excellence
  6. Prepared to engage in deep and detailed study of specific subjects

As well, the D.E.L.F. language proficiency accreditation is yet another significant designation for J.H. Picard students, recognized internationally in universities and colleges. Again, this demonstrates to universities and colleges the dedication and commitment our students pursue in their academic preparation, separating themselves from what 87% of all high school students attain.

There are many questions about Advanced Placement [AP] or International Baccalaureate [IB]The AP originates in North America. The IB originates in European countries. There are articles linked below for your research and information. Basically, A common way to distinguish yourself as a well-qualified university applicant is to undertake a rigorous course load during your high school career. In Canada there are two such prevalent enrichment programs, namely AP, Advanced Placement, and IB, International Baccalaureate. In terms of credit at universities, AP and IB are treated on the same level. No one is preferred more than the other.

AP enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out eh most rigorous curriculum available to them.

J.H. Picard has over 90 % success rate with students successfully attaining AP course designations with all students writing the exams. The students following these AP courses score among the highest in the province in their Alberta Diploma exams. Francais being a new AP course for our school, we anticipate over 100% success in AP designation for our students. We are committed to offering a program of excellence with successful results for our students.

Performing well on the AP exam means more than just the successful completion of a course, it is the gateway to success in college. Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or high typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP student peers.

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For more information about AP and the University of Alberta

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