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Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program® is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities.  AP, which was developed by the U.S. College Board in 1955, offers students the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school.  Students earning a 3 or 4 on the AP exam can earn either university credit or advanced placement.

What is the difference between Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate?

Visit the IBO Website to learn more. 

What are the advantages of AP?

You choose!

• Students can take one AP class or several - it’s your choice!


• By taking AP courses in high school, you will experience the challenge, rigor and depth of college level courses while still in secondary school.  AP courses are an impressive addition to university and scholarship applications.


• You will learn what college level courses are like and develop the skills necessary to be successful in college or university.

• “College entrance exams reveal that young people who take challenging classes, such as Advanced Placement courses, perform better than their peers regardless of their family or financial background.” Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education

University and College Recognition!

• Students with a “qualifying grade” (3+) can earn either credit or advanced placement at thousands of          colleges and universities worldwide.

How many colleges accept AP grades?

More than 90 percent of the colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, as well as colleges and universities in 21 other countries, have a policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam grades. The best source of specific and up-to-date information about an individual institution's policy is its calendar or web site. —AP Program 

How far reaching is the AP community?

• AP courses are offered in over 14,000 schools worldwide and in 546 schools across Canada. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. high schools participate in the AP Program. • In 2010, nearly 1.9 million AP Exams were administered worldwide to 1.4 million students. — AP Program

Did you know that....

A student may enter a Pre-AP course at the recommendation of their teacher in any grade.  This means that there are multiple points of entry to the program.

• Answers in the Tool Box, a recent U.S. Department of Education study, reports that participation in AP and other challenging high school courses is one of the strongest predictors of college success.

• B.C. has the highest AP participation rate in Canada: over 5300 students in 153 schools in B.C. wrote over 8500 AP exams in 2010.

• Over 81% of AP students in B.C. scored 3 or higher on their AP exams in 2010.

• College faculty report that AP students are far better prepared for serious academic work.

• By taking the appropriate 4 AP courses, students can earn the AP International Diploma

What options are there for AP at Yale Secondary School?

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Ms. Cheri Smith, AP Coordinator
Phone: 604-853-0778 (ext 2208)         
Email Cheri Smith