Advanced Placement (AP)

AP courses occur at the grade 12 level and are designed to provide students with background and knowledge equivalent to a first-year university course. They allow students the opportunity for enriched, intensive study in one or more subjects of interest and strength. Based on their performance on the standardized AP exam, students may earn a transfer credit, advanced placement or both for university. Each university decides independently how to recognize successful completion of AP courses and has a clearly articulated AP policy which students can access.

AP courses cover both the Ontario curriculum and the AP content. Students are evaluated on each area separately. A student’s final mark in the course is based on his or her knowledge of the Ontario curriculum. Evaluation of the AP content occurs during the standardized AP exam (written annually in May).

AP courses are offered in each of the four Community Education Centre areas within York Region. Refer to the Secondary Programs at a Glance to find the schools where AP courses are offered. Contact Guidance Services in your secondary school for further information.