What is the Advanced Placement (AP) program?
The U.S. College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) is an opportunity for students to pursue college-level studies while still in secondary school. Through this program, students may earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for college. By challenging and stimulating students, the AP Program provides access to high quality education, accelerates learning, rewards achievement and enhances both high school and college programs.
Students study in greater depth.
Students who take AP courses learn a subject in depth, develop analytical reasoning skills and form disciplined study habits that can contribute to continued success at the college/university level.
Over 90% of the colleges and universities in the United States, as well as schools in other countries, use AP grades. The associated cost savings can be as much as $3,000 per course! Course exemption also gives students time to broaden their college experience by exploring additional subject areas, participating in internships and studying abroad.
What are the exams like?
AP Placement Exams are offered in May each year. All AP exams contain a free-response section (either essay or problem-solving) and another section of multiple-choice questions. Exams range from two to three hours in length. An exam fee of $100 will be collected from students for each of the AP exams they wish to write. If successful, students can earn Advanced Placement status towards their college/university program and are often exempted from equivalent first year college/university courses. Students are encouraged to contact post-secondary schools to learn more about individual institution AP requirements.
Which courses will be offered at SATEC?
Note: The number of courses we offer depends on the number of students enrolled. Also, students may only take one interdisciplinary course at the grade 12 university-prep level (4U), therefore they may take only one of AP Psychology (IDC4U0) or Financial Securities (IDC4U1) but not both.
AP Computer Science, ICS4U0
The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course.
AP Chemistry, SCH4U0
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, as freshmen, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register for courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses. Students should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic.
AP Physics, SPH4U0
The Physics course includes topics in both classical and modern physics. A knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course; the basic ideas of calculus may be introduced in connection with physical concepts, such as acceleration and work. Understanding of the basic principles involved and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems should be the major goals of the course. Consequently, the course should utilize guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills.
AP Psychology, IDC4U0
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
AP Economics, CIA4U0
The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The purpose of the AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole.
AP U.S. Government and Politics, CPW4U0
The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.
Who can participate in the AP program?
- An overall average of 80% or more for a Social Science AP and an overall average of 85% or more for a Science AP
- Student has completed the required pre-requisite courses as described in the course scheduling guide (TDSB Choices 2013-2014).