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Advanced Placement Program

We are pleased to announce that BCCA will be launching its first AP courses next year (September 2015) beginning with AP English Literature and AP BC Calculus.  In the following years, our goal is to offer 2 additional AP courses based on student’s interests.  In other words, students attending BCCA, who have the gifts and desire to study in a rigorous academic environment, will have the opportunity of taking 4 AP courses (with live instructors at BCCA) before graduating.  In addition, should students wish to take additional AP courses online, we will be able to offer our students many other AP courses while attending BCCA.

As more high school graduates continue to apply for a limited number of places for first year students, post secondary institutions are embracing the Advanced Placement alternative more than ever before. In North America more than 11,000 high schools participate in AP and 2900 colleges grant credit to over 46,000 students.

Did you know? 31 percent of colleges and universities consider a student’s AP experience when making decisions about which students will receive scholarships. Statistic source.

 

1. What type of student is the Advanced Placement program designed for?

  • Gifted students.
  • Extremely talented and motivated students.
  • Students who enjoy hard work and being challenged in class. 

 

2. How will AP courses help me?

  • Students of similar abilities and interests work together
  • Students can earn Advance Placement and/or first year credit in university
  • Courses help prepare students for the rigors of university
  • Students can participate in as many or few courses as they wish based on their interests and talents

 

3. Advantages of the Advanced Placement Program: 

  • Stand Out in College Admissions. Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.
  • Earn College Credits. By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.
  • Skip Introductory Classes. If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most. Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.
  • Build College Skills. Taking an AP course builds the skills you’ll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.

 

4. Advanced Placement at North American Universities.

Some B.C. Institutions that recognize the AP program

  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Victoria Trinity Western University
  • University of Northern B.C.
  • University of the Fraser Valley

Many Institutions outside of B.C. recognize the AP program:

  • University of Alberta Dalhousie
  • University of Manitoba
  • Carleton
  • McGill University
  • Queens
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • Most U.S. Colleges

 

5. How much does the AP program cost?

  • Usually US$86 per subject, which covers the cost of the exam administered each May by the College Board in New York. Additional fees may apply at some schools.

 

6. Who administers the AP program?

  • At the end of these university preparation courses, students write an examination that the Canadian College Board in Victoria, B.C. administers. If the student scores a four or five (out of five points), he or she may earn a university course credit. In other words, your son or daughter could take one fewer course in university or graduate with an extra credit.
  • AP tests are used by universities and colleges to exempt some students from certain entry level courses. Scores are put on a Bell Curve and graded in a unique 5 point system. In most cases, a score of 5 means “extremely qualified,” 3 means “qualified” and 1 means “not recommended.” However, each college’s use of the scores may be different.

 

7. What do college faculty say about AP?

 

8. Interested in learning more about AP courses? This guide will help you start thinking about why AP might be right for you and prepare for a discussion about AP with your counselor or teacher. Download here. 

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