What is the Advanced Placement program?
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is one of several Student Success initiatives offered at Trillium Lakelands DSB. It provides students with opportunities to pursue university level studies while in high school. AP courses are designed to challenge, stimulate and engage students with a keen interest and ability in a number of subject areas.
Students demonstrate their scholastic achievement on international exams, excel in their high school programming, improve their chances of being accepted by the university of their choice, and gain exemption from some introductory course work at university.
The AP program is an excellent preparation for continued success in post-secondary studies and ensures a smooth transition to university course work.
Where can I participate in the Advanced Placement program?
The AP program was established in 1955 as a co-operative endeavour between high schools, colleges and universities. Two of Trillium Lakelands District School Board high schools offer the program: BMLSS in Bracebridge and LCVI in Lindsay.
What are the benefits of the Advance Placement program?
AP is grounded in a sound educational philosophy:
- strengthening secondary schools is one of the best ways to improve a nation's overall education
- AP courses give high school students the opportunity to participate in classes that are more rigorous and in-depth than most other high school offerings
- to participate in an AP class is to enter a world of intense discussion and thought, a class where students are given the intellectual responsibility to think for themselves and to learn to reason, analyze, and understand
- AP students have the necessary skills and knowledge not only to gain entrance into the faculty of their choice at university but also to excel in earning their post-secondary degree
- The academic rigor required in AP courses prepares students exceptionally well for the challenges of university
- AP students develop improved student habits and time management skills
- research indicates that AP students are more likely to graduate from university with a double major and are twice as likely to pursue a PHD or studies in medicine or law.
Is the Advanced Placement program only offered in Ontario?
No. The AP program is recognized and respected world wide:
- most colleges and universities in Canada and the United States, as well as in 28 other countries, have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both on the basis of their AP exam grades. Many of these institutions grant up to a full year of college credit/university credit to students who earn a sufficient number of qualifying AP grades.
- approximately 15,000 schools world wide participate in the AP program
- in 2004 more than 1.1 million students world wide wrote more than 1.8 million AP exams
- Flexibility for individual needs in program planning
Is the Advanced Placement program all or nothing?
- students may choose to take one AP course, several courses, or a full AP program
- academic timetables can be tailored according to individual abilities, interests and extra-curricular time commitments
- students experience a rigorous, university level curriculum and have the chance to earn credit, placement or both for university.