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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is a rigorous academic program that prepares you for the transition from high school to university. The program is offered in over 100 countries worldwide – nearly 22,000 high schools write more than 4.7 million AP exams every year. Successful completion of these exams allows you to obtain credit or advanced placement in first year university courses at over 4,000 colleges and universities around the world.


What are the benefits of AP?

  • allows students to study one or more subjects at an advanced level, depending upon a student’s interests and expertise
  • provides enrichment and challenge for academically talented and highly motivated students
  • helps students develop and practice critical thinking skills
  • provides opportunities for in-depth study in selected subjects
  • prepares students for the demands of post-secondary studies
  • helps students prepare for scholarship and AP College Board examinations
  • provides students with an opportunity to earn university credits, standing and/or placement while in high school
  • dual admission – universities will use the higher of either a student’s AP score or high school grade for admission


Generally, a grade of 70-80% in a prerequisite course is suggested for students who wish to take an AP course. To be successful, students should:

  • enjoy a challenge
  • have a well-developed work ethic
  • be self-disciplined and self-motivated
  • be motivated and committed to achieve
  • find learning stimulating and exciting
  • have parental support and approval

AP fits in very well with all Alberta high school curriculum requirements. Typically, AP courses build upon the provincial curriculum and provide additional enrichment. By the end of Grade 12, students in AP courses will have exceeded the Alberta requirements in many areas and will have mirrored a first year university course


The time commitment to the AP program depends largely on how many AP courses you choose to take. Many of our AP students are involved in extracurricular activities in and out of school, including athletics, music, clubs, theatre, student leadership and graduation committees. The flexibility of AP timetables allows you to actively participate in other activities that interest you without jeopardizing your studies.

At Eastglen, you can choose to enroll in a partial or full AP course load, with academic timetables tailored to your individual abilities, interests and extracurricular commitments.


What couses and exams are included in AP?

  • Art/Drawing, Art/2D Design
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History

Students are not required to be registered in an AP course in order to take an AP exam. Students may choose to challenge any of the available 34 AP exams by choice.

Visit AP Central for exam choices.


For more information about the Advanced Placement program please see the AP Insights for Parents and Families pamphlet or visit the College Board AP Central website at: apcentral.collegeboard.com