Advanced Placement (AP) courses are options for able students who want to enrich and challenge themselves in particular subjects by working on university-level material while still in high school. Evan Hardy Collegiate provides AP courses in Calculus, English and Studio Art, and is the only collegiate in the city to offer AP-level courses in Computer Science, Physics and Psychology.
Students can earn university credit and must be committed to thinking and working at a high level. Students can choose a single AP course or any combination of AP courses that suit them (provided they have the prerequisites). The courses provide students with a first-year university level of work with the possibility of receiving university class credit if examination results are considered acceptable. It is highly recommended that students consult with the AP teacher prior to enrolling in the respective course to help ensure that this is the right academic route to pursue.
Students can also challenge any of the AP courses, even if that course is not offered in their home school. Students wishing to challenge must independently prepare themselves and must notify their school’s Student Services office by January.
Both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, along with almost all Canadian universities, grant credit to students earning a score of 4 or 5 in AP courses. Most U.S. universities give credit for scores of 3, 4 or 5. The student’s score is based entirely on either an extended May exam or, in Studio Art, on a portfolio submitted in May. This university credit is for a first-year class, which saves students tuition and gives them more flexibility in their timetables.