Advanced Placement Opportunities at John McCrae

As part of our of our goal to develop extended learning opportunities for students we are pleased to offer Advanced Placement coaching and exams at John McCrae.
What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement ("AP") enables senior students to enrich some of their Grade 12 courses. Based on their performance on rigorous AP Examinations, students can potentially earn a university credit, preferred placement at a university, or both (consult individual universities for what they offer AP students). 

Although AP began in the United States and has its examinations set by the “College Board” based there (the company responsible for SATs), it has gained worldwide recognition similar to that of the International Baccalaureate Program. All universities in Canada recognize AP and consider it for placement and/or credit.

When engaging in AP studies, students work on an extended course curriculum which goes beyond that required by the Ontario Ministry of Education credits. (see info below)  AP is distinct from the International Baccalaureate (IB) in that it is not a comprehensive "program" - students select the individual subjects they wish to enrich through AP.

AP Subjects at John McCrae
  • Calculus (Level AB)
  • Chemistry
  • French Language
  • English Literature  
  • Economics
  • Studio Art
  • Computer Science
All of these opportunities are directed at the Grade 12 level, though students may challenge the French Language and Studio Art exams in Grades 11 or 12.

What does AP look like at John McCrae? 

AP classes are offered based on demand, and this can change every year. This year we have two specifically AP courses (where every student in the class is pursuing AP). In the other subjects, students work with their AP teacher-coach in an extra-curricular setting to enrich their class work and perhaps challenge the AP exam. 

It is important to note that all students must earn Ontario credits to graduate, so students in the extended courses have the same tests, projects and examinations as those students who are not attempting AP. The AP extended learning is evaluated by the writing of the AP Examination in May (these exams are evaluated externally - by the AP College Board - and have no bearing on a student's Ontario transcript marks or attainment of Ontario credits).

How It Works

JMSS teachers offer resources and extra-curricular mentoring in these subject areas to help students in their preparation for the AP exams. In Studio Art, portfolios are worked on at AP "studio times" throughout the school year and sent to AP in May during the AP exam period. See the Math department webpage for more information about how Calculus is offered here.

Students who have completed the additional studies in each area will be given the opportunity to write the AP Examinations in May. The registration fee is $140 per exam. Students who take an AP exam can choose to have their results sent to their prospective universities to be considered for: preference in acceptance, earned elective credits, or earned equivalent credits (depending on university policy). Students who take these extra-curricular exams must also take their regular JMSS exams.

More information on this will be given to students who decide to challenge the exams.

For more information on university acceptance go the websites of your prospective schools and search for AP in the registrar's information.

Who Should Consider AP?

We believe AP is an excellent opportunity for students who have demonstrated their ability to handle a difficult course load. It is not for everyone, as the extra work is very demanding, and largely independent - outside of class time. At present, department heads help screen potential students by looking at previous grades and by consulting with other teachers. Students should discuss AP with their teachers and guidance counselors.

Most importantly, students who study AP courses enrich their learning experience, challenge themselves, and help prepare themselves for the rigours of their first year at university. The experience of AP is by far the most important benefit.

Important Details About AP
  • AP opportunities at John McCrae are for Grade 12 students (and Grade 11 for French)
  • OCDSB policy does not consider AP a criteria for granting cross-boundary transfers
  • AP exams are evaluated by the College Board in the U.S. 
  • AP exam marks are not considered in a student's Ontario course marks and do not appear on their school transcripts
Need More Information?

If you have questions, please email the following contacts:

AP Coordinator: Kristen Barbour Please contact me via email.
Your child's guidance counselor: JMSS Guidance