What is Advanced Placement?
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board, which offers College/University level curriculum to high school students. Colleges and Universities may grant course credit to students who obtain high scores on the AP examinations depending on individual school/program requirements, however, the AP exams are not mandatory or required to obtain the AP course credit.
AP courses are taught by highly qualified and/or trained teachers who use the AP course descriptions to guide them. The course descriptions outline the course content, describe the curricular goals of the subject, and provide sample exam questions. While the course descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented.
What is Pre-AP?
Pre-AP exists in order to ensure that all students are provided with the requirements necessary to fulfill the AP curriculum but also the Ontario curriculum. Grades 9 through 11 are considered Pre-AP years in preparation for grade 12, which is the AP year for each subject.
Pre-AP aims to prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. It provides an opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning by consistently challenging students to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level.
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