AP in Canada
High school students in Canada have the opportunity to take university-level courses and exams that could earn them college credit through AP.
The AP Program gives teachers a detailed curriculum framework on which to base their courses, while allowing them the freedom to design their own lesson plans and teaching strategies to support students as they take on challenging coursework.
AP is available in every Canadian province and territory. More than 500 of Canada’s public and independent schools offer AP courses in one or more of the program’s 38 subjects, including AP Computer Science Principles, AP Research, and AP Seminar. Scroll down for more information on these courses.
How Universities Use AP
Thousands of colleges and universities around the world, including more than 98 percent of Canada’s English-speaking universities, grant credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores in one or more subjects. A growing number of universities worldwide also give students who excel on AP Exams special recognition or consideration in the admission process.
Each university in Canada has its own AP credit policy, which tells you which AP Exam scores will earn students credit.
Validity Study of AP in Canada
The College Board is conducting an AP validity study that looks at the relationship between AP scores and first-year academic performance at three leading Canadian universities. The results of the study will be released in early 2020.
The College Board works closely with university and K–12 educators to develop and enhance AP courses. Here are some recent additions to AP.
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computing and asks them to think deeply about the real-world implications of technology. Students increase their understanding of computer science by working with data, collaborating with others to solve problems, and developing computer programs as they explore the global impact of computing.
AP CSP expands access to computer science education for all students, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography. Since the launch of AP CSP, the U.S. has seen a 100% increase in the number of young women and underrepresented minorities taking university-level computer science courses in high school.
For information about upcoming educator workshops in Canada that explain the practical applications of AP CSP and offer effective teaching strategies, email [email protected].
AP Capstone™ is a diploma program made up of two yearlong courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting—skills that students need to succeed at university and in careers.
Students who complete the two-year AP Capstone program could earn either a certificate or diploma, both of which are valued by colleges around the world.
AP Capstone has helped me become a more aware, conscientious thinker. My favorite part of the course is the class discussion, which never fails to amaze and inspire me.
—Sara, Student at St. Michael’s University School, Victoria, British Columbia
The AP Capstone program allows any student to pursue their passion and learn resilience, time management, and integral study and research skills. Most importantly, it builds confidence.
—Patsy Agard, Principal, Lisgar Collegiate, Ottawa
In fall 2019, we implemented two big changes to the AP Program:
- Students who take AP in the fall are encouraged to register in November for AP Exams in May.
- Educators and students have access to robust new classroom resources.
We made these changes in close collaboration with AP teachers, who told us that students who commit early to taking an AP Exam are more engaged and less likely to give up when faced with challenging coursework.
The new AP resources, which include an online library of 30,000 real AP Exam questions teachers can use for in-class activities and homework assignments, offer focused instructional content and give students more opportunities to build their skills and measure their understanding.
The first College Board Canada Summit was held December 5, 2019, at the University of Toronto. The summit brings K–12 and higher education leaders together to share ideas on how best to support students as they develop the skills they need to thrive academically, professionally, and personally.
AP educators in Canada can build on their expertise by participating in one or more AP workshops. At the workshops, participants will explore course frameworks, AP Exam content, and new AP classroom resources to help students get the most out of each course.
These workshops can also help teachers, counselors, and administrators enhance their school curriculum or university guidance services and develop and sustain an AP program at their school.
Resources for Educators and Students
These free resources can help educators and students understand the value of AP and other College Board programs and services. These resources include information on:
- The benefits of taking AP
- The benefits of taking the SAT
- The benefits of taking SAT Subject Tests
- Universities that accept AP, SAT, and SAT Subject Test scores
- Universities that offer financial aid to international students