Advanced Placement

What is AP?

Advanced Placement courses offer University level content to students at the Grade 12 level in selected subjects. The student is free to select which of the subjects available at the high school they wish to study at the pre-AP and AP level. Students in AP and Pre-AP study topics in greater depth, enhancing their intellectual development.

AP provides students with an opportunity for learning that goes beyond facts and figures. The rich course material, classroom discussion and demanding assignments typical of AP courses will help your child develop the knowledge and the critical thinking skills expected of university bound students. In grade 12 students may elect to write the college board AP exam which is scheduled during the first two weeks of May each year, which, based on the mark achieved, may give the student advanced standing in a university program. Further explanation of the AP program in Canada can be found at AP Canada, which provides:

  • The list of credits granted by specific Universities in Canada.
  • The list of schools participating in AP programs across Canada.
  • Data regarding the participation of students throughout Canada.
  • Research with respect to student achievement and AP.
  • Pre-AP and AP course outlines and resources can be found at APCentral.
  • AP exam descriptions and sample multiple choice and free response questions for each AP subject.

What is Pre-AP?

Pre-AP is an advanced series of courses for students to help begin preparing for university and is designated to be a rigorous preparation for AP courses in Grade 12. The courses are intended to be challenging, but the benefits to students are well worth the extra work. For a description of courses and samples of exams for each AP subject please visit There are over 30 AP courses in the syllabus. From this selection, Bishop Reding offers the following Pre-AP and AP courses:

The Bishop Reding Grade 9 Pre-AP program:

  • English (ENG1DA)
  • Mathematics (MPM1DA)
  • Science (SNC1DA)
  • Geography (CGC1DA)
  • French (FSF1DA)

The Bishop Reding Grade 10 Pre-AP Program:

  • English (ENG2DA)
  • Mathematics (MPM2DA)
  • Science (SNC2DA)
  • History (CHC2DA)

The Bishop Reding Grade 11 Pre-AP Program:

  • English (ENG3UA)
  • Mathematics (MCR3UA)
  • Physics (SPH3UA)
  • Biology (SBI3UA)
  • Chemistry (SCH3UA)
  • History (CHW3UA)

The Bishop Reding Grade 12 AP Program:

  • English (ENG4UA)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4UA)
  • AP Calculus AB (MCV4UA)
  • Physics 1 (SPH4UA)
  • Biology (SBI4UA)
  • Chemistry (SCH4UA)
  • AP World History (CHY4UA)

Description of the Learner

Students who are high achievers (level 4) in the core subject areas can apply for enrollment in the Pre-AP program. AP students are motivated and dedicated to schoolwork, committed to homework, and extra reading and research. They are responsible, able to multitask, prioritize activities, and meet deadlines. AP students are prepared and organized, and can successfully work both independently and collaboratively.

Assessment and Evaluation

Students who successfully complete an AP examination have the opportunity to receive university credit or advanced standing depending on the policy of the specific university. Former AP students speak of their easier transition from secondary school to university owing to the strong academic skills, knowledge, and academic confidence gained through participation in the AP program. Students do not have to write the AP examination; it is an option. The main objective of the course is to provide students with an excellent preparation for University.

Advantages for the Parent

  • Students will be evaluated according to the Ministry’s assessment and evaluation policy documents. AP Exam marks in grade 12 are independent of the school marks given for the course..
  • For the school based mark, the students will be evaluated on the appropriate grade level curriculum expectations and, in addition, will reflect the differentiated content of the Pre-AP and AP courses.
  • Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 5% for successful completion of curriculum extensions.
  • The course mark as determined above will be multiplied by 1.05 to determine the mark that will be reported on the Provincial Report Card.

Advantages for the Student

  • Potential for a reduction of university costs for son/daughter upon entering university.
  • No additional costs to parent, other than the cost of writing the exam (approximately $110 per exam).
  • Opportunity to view the program’s curriculum alignment of expectations in each subject area as a whole, understanding how each course is a foundation for the next course.
  • Opportunity to view son/daughter excel in a program which challenges their child to develop and demonstrate high order critical thinking skills and study habits, as well as transition into a post secondary education with greater ease and success.

Applying for AP

Pre-AP applications are available to all students entering Bishop Reding for grade 9 at publicized information nights and in the Student Services office. Admission to the AP Program beyond grade 9 is handled on a case by case basis through Student Services and school administration.

Administration approval is required to enter the program.

NOTE: The AP and AP Preparation Programs are specialized optional programs. The AP Program is not a Special Education program, and as such it is neither staffed by Special Education teachers, nor overseen by Special Education Services.

If you have further questions regarding the program, you can call our school directly.

De Franco, RobAdvanced Placement