Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement


What is AP?

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. A score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is designed to provide motivated high school students with post-secondary level academic courses, in the comforts of a high school environment.

Through participating in this enrichment program, students gain the skills needed to succeed in a post-secondary environment. In addition, based on performance on AP exams, students can earn credit for post-secondary courses prior to entering the institution. It is recommended that students in grade 9 who are achieving above 80% in their core courses enroll in AP classes for grade 10, and experience what AP is and how it may benefit them in the future.

École Secondaire St. Albert Catholic High School offers Advanced Placement courses in the following areas:  AP English and Literature Composition, AP Calculus, AP Biology and AP Physics 1.

In addition, students may also take advantage of non-traditional AP opportunities including 2D AP Art, 3D AP Art and AP Drawing.

Students will be able to take AP classes in the traditional setting, as well having the opportunity to access the AP modules off schedule during our Hawk Block. These modules are all taught in English, and will be facilitated by teachers trained in AP delivery.

How are AP courses scored?

AP exams are scored on a scale of one to five, as follows: 

  1. No recommendation
  2. Possibly qualified
  3. Qualified
  4. Well qualified
  5. Extremely well qualified

That is, one means failure and five means extremely well-qualified. The computer scores the multiple-choice components of the exam, while the free-response and essay portions are scored by trained readers. In the next step, the scores are combined with raw materials. The College Board offers a series of 8 Scholar Awards which recognize outstanding scores in AP examinations.

Most colleges require the student to receive a score of at least three to four. When the high school registers with college, their AP test scores will be used to exempt them from taking applicable prerequisite classes. Finally, approximately 30 percent of college scholarships use AP course scores. All AP courses are created and offered through the College Board.

What are the advantages of taking AP courses?

Taking AP courses comes with multiple benefits, including:

  • Wide variety of subjects.
  • Chance to earn college credit.
  • Preparation for university workloads.
  • Increased interest in and knowledge of a given subject.
  • Flexibility to take courses only in areas students excel in.
  • AP courses are singular and not designed to be a part of an overlapping course of study between disciplines.
  • AP students can get high school credits and use them for their high school graduation and college application, even if they do not take the AP exams.
  • Students can also opt to take AP® courses at a different high school if their high school does not offer it.
  • Students can take AP exams without being enrolled in an AP class. They just have to find a school at which to write it. Students can prep on their own with AP prep books from the bookstore/library and web resources or take tutoring courses.
  • Colleges like to look at a high school student’s most challenging courses when considering their transcripts. With AP® courses on their transcript, students can stand out as candidates.

If AP is something that interests you , and you would like to speak with someone regarding whether it would be the right choice for you, please let us know and we will set you up with a grade coordinator to discuss your options.