Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the American College Board (the same organization that creates the SATs) which offers university-level courses to high school students. Each course culminates in an examination that is externally evaluated by the College Board. Many Canadian and American universities grant advanced placement and course credit to students who achieve excellent standings on their exams.
At CDS, our approach to AP is focused less on benefits of exceleration (receiving university credits) than on the deep enrichment opportunity AP courses provide for some of our learners. The successful completion of an AP course can also be a great confidence booster, reinforcing a student’s belief that they can succeed at the university level. CDS offers AP courses that offer students an academic edge and comfort level, and prepare them for post-secondary success.
AP courses offered at CDS include:
- Calculus AB
- Comparative Government and Politics
- Computer Science
- English Literature and Composition
- 2D Art and Design
AP Exam Assessment
AP Exams are marked on a 5-point scale. A student’s AP score shows how well they did on the AP Exam and can also be used as an indicator of potential achievement in a university-level AP course. Scores are a weighted combination of test scores on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section.
5 = extremely well qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possibly qualified
1 = no recommendation
"Qualified" means a student has proven him/herself capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular university subject. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5; however, CDS recommends students interested in pursuing an AP Course or Exam do so purely for the academic challenge and to achieve a greater comfort level should they decide to take the course at university.
Additional AP Exam Opportunities
There are more than 30 AP courses offered each year and anyone can write an AP exam without having taken the specific course. While CDS offers only seven AP courses, occasionally our students will pursue preparing for an AP exam on their own in Spanish or the Social Sciences. CDS faculty are available to support students taking a variety of AP Exams individually (Calculus BC, Physics, French, etc.) and help make these arrangements.
For more information on AP, visit https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/