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Advanced Placement

Archbishop O'Leary is proud to offer a variety of College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses. 

Do you want a quick idea of why you should take AP courses? Click here to download a quick overview for students, or click here for information for parents and families. Ready for even more detailed information about AP? Then visit the College Board's Explore AP website.

Students at O'Leary can complete AP courses in:

            • Biology
            • Calculus
            • Computer Science
            • English
            • Environmental Science *
            • European History **
            • Psychology
            • Spanish Language & Culture
            • Statistics
            • Studio Art

* Available fall 2017
** Online instruction through Revelation Online with in school support

Registration in these AP courses requires the student to start the AP pathway in Grade 10 and follow through in Grades 11 and 12. Students are expected to maintain a mark of 80% or higher to remain in the AP courses. Please see the registration booklet for complete details in each subject area, or contact the school to speak to the AP Coordinator.

At the completion of these courses (typically in Grade 12) students write a College Board exam in the month of May. At O'Leary there is no cost to the students for writing AP exams. Students may also challenge certain AP exams in other subject areas to earn credit. Please speak to the AP coordinator about this early in the school year (before November) to make certain that you qualify to challenge the exam, and make arrangements for an exam to be available.

If the student is successful in an AP course it is possible to earn:

    •  transfer credits: the post-secondary institution will grant credit for a junior level course as though it had been completed at that institution.
    •  advanced placement: although credit is not awarded for the junior level course, the student may register for a more senior level course as though the prerequisite was completed.
    • credit by special assessment (CSA): the student will be allowed to write a special exam to earn credit in a class.
Please contact the AP Coordinator at the school for more information or to schedule an appointment to meet.