The Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides motivated high school students with post-secondary level academic courses.
Benefits of taking Advanced Placement courses
- Students gain improved study habits, exam-writing experience, and time management skills.
- Many universities and colleges will use the HIGHER of either the AP exam score or course grade for admission.
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- Dependant on AP exam results, a student may be awarded Advanced Standing at the University of Alberta, Concordia University or McEwan University by way of
- Transfer credit
- Advanced Placement
- Credit by Special Assessment
- Post-secondary selection committees consider and look favourably at a student's AP experience when making decisions about BOTH admission and scholarships.
Advanced Placement Opportunities at St. Francis Xavier
In-class courses include:
- English (Language and Composition)
- Mathematics (Calculus)
- Physics (Physics 1)
- Biology (Biology AP)
On-line courses, through Revelation on-line and the Learning Resource Centre include:
- AP Statistics
- AP European History
- AP Psychology
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics
Advanced Placement Exams that may be challenged include:
- Music Theory
- Language and Culture Exams including French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese.
Advanced Placement Scholarships at St. Francis Xavier
Saint Francis Xavier has established three scholarships specifically for AP students
- $500- AP SCHOLARS (3 or higher on 3 or more exams)
- $750- AP SCHOLARS WITH HONORS (average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams)
- $1000- AP NATIONAL SCHOLARS (average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams)
Last year three students were awarded the title of AP Scholar and earned a total of $1500!
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. 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 AP content on the 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. For students, determination for placement into the Advanced Placement program should be on enthusiasm for learning and interest in the subject area.
- With the exception of those entering the program from grade 9, students do not need to maintain a specified mark (other than a pass) to remain in the program.
Please contact either the Advanced Placement Program Coordinator or the administrator in charge of Advanced Placement at (780) 489-2571.
For further information about the AP program from the Universities stand point or the AP program in general, please visit
- AP College Board- https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/for-parents