Advanced Placement courses are a series of college level courses and examinations designed for secondary school students. This is a cooperative educational endeavour between secondary schools and colleges and universities. AP courses provide the opportunity for academically talented and highly motivated students to upgrade the quality and increase the challenge of their studies. Most colleges and universities in Canada and the United States grant High School students college credit, placement or both for qualifying AP exam grades.
May examinations are administered by the US-based College Board (the same organization that offers the SATs). Grade 11 or 12 students interested in pursuing AP courses/ exams must apply in May and be approved by the department head, AP teacher, and the Principal. There is an additional fee to cover course materials and exam costs.
The Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are both High School programmes, but their philosophies and goals are quite different.
A score of 4 or 5 on the May AP exam can earn the student a first-year University credit in that subject. 58 Mentor seniors studied AP courses in 2017-2018. 47 earned the equivalent of a University credit. 31 were perfect 5’s! And studying AP is done above the usual Ontario credit course load. This is quite a feat.
The following is a summary of results, in comparison to Ontario AP schools:
These results are outstanding and are a true reflection of the student caliber and their work ethic. The teachers of these courses are also to be commended for their exemplary classroom methodologies, effectively delivering University curriculum to the AP students. Inspiring excellence!
The AP Physics B course is a general in-depth physics course based on algebra and trigonometry, with a syllabus designed by the College Board that has been adapted and implemented locally. It runs throughout the school year, starting in October and ending in May with the final exam.
The course utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. It teaches students to think in terms of cause and effect. It develops the very important skill of assessing a situation/phenomenon and frame it within the right physical principles. The course also enables students to quickly connect essential laws and principles when describing a problem-solving strategy. Last but not least, the students become educated and skillful problem-solvers in any field they choose astheir profession.
The AP Economics course consists of two parts: macroeconomics and microeconomics. The purpose of an AP microeconomics course is to provide a through understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual consumers and producers within a larger economics system. The AP course macroeconomics is designed to offer a through understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Two final examinations are required, one for micro and one for macro.
The AP French Language course is comparable to a third-year college level French course. It emphasizes the use of language for active communication and helps students develop the following: the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts; sufficient vocabulary to understand articles published in newspapers and magazines as well as literary texts; the ability to express themselves coherently and with reasonable fluency in both written and spoken French.
Students are assessed by means of an examination which is approximately 2.5-hours long.
The AP Biology course is designed to help highly motivated and independent learners develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. Primary emphasis in the AP Biology course is on developing an understanding of concepts rather then on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather then as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the majors topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken in first-year university. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees up time for other courses.
Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the student’s understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. the courses emphasie a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, and analytically.
AP U.S. History
The AP U.S History course is delivered across nine historical periods, ranging from 1491 to the present. Considering this frame of reference, students will have the opportunity to investigate historical processes through a variety of primary and secondary resources. Additionally, they will work to develop their historical inquiry skills, through meaningful and accurate research. Finally, students will have the opportunity to assess their findings by way of chronological reasoning and argumentation. Identified themes of focus include: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.
The AP Literature and Composition course allows students to examine both formal and creative approaches to the reading, writing, and analysis of university-level texts. Students are engaged in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature and – through the close reading of selected poems, short stories, and novels – deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure to literary works. The study of various literary devices is covered, alongside the building of a more extensive English vocabulary, and the examination of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course is composed of several units, organized thematically, which include: Satire and Jest, The Grotesque, The Narrative Voice, and Magical Realism.