The full range of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program consists of 38 college-level courses and exams in 19 disciplines for highly motivated students in secondary schools. Its exceptional reputation is made possible by the close cooperation of secondary schools, colleges, and the College Board. Students report that they enjoy the challenge of the Program; high school faculty find that AP courses greatly enhance students' confidence and academic interest; and college faculty find that these students are well prepared for serious academic work. AP courses are offered in more than 16,000 high schools in every state in the United States , every province and territory in Canada , and over 100 other countries. In 2009, 2.9 million exams were written by 1.65 million students. They are recognized by nearly 3,000 universities throughout the world which grant credits, advanced placement, or both, to students who have performed at a high level on AP Exams.

The breadth and depth of Advanced Placement courses make them perfectly aligned for aspiring secondary school students who want the academic challenge and rigour needed to prepare them for university study.

Advanced Placement is the global leader in student enrichment and academic preparation. Its popularity with teenage scholars overshadows programs such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program which sees less than 30,000 students world-wide meeting the final 1B diploma requirements. By combining the outstanding co-curricular opportunities at HSC with a focused approach for developing citizenship, global awareness and critical thinking, we believe that students taking Advanced Placement courses in our culturally enriching College environment is the best way for our students to prepare themselves in a meaningful way for life beyond our gates.

The AP Program provides course descriptions and teaching materials as well as exams based on those descriptions. It does not, however, dictate the textbook, schedule of lessons, or teaching techniques. Students' exam grades are sent to the colleges of their choice, which then grant credit, advanced placement, or both, depending on institutional policies. There is not consistent practice in all Ontario universities, but more faculties are currently reviewing Advanced Placement.

A standardized test in each subject is administered worldwide in the home school during the second and third weeks in May, results of which are coded on a 5 point scale defined as follows: 5 - Extremely Well Qualified, 4 - Well Qualified, 3 - Qualified, 2 - Possibly Qualified, and 1 - No Recommendation.

At HSC, AP courses are matched with provincial curriculum courses and students are awarded an Ontario credit upon successful completion of the program. These AP courses are accepted as a first year credit by many international universities and some universities throughout Canada (each university has their own policy regarding the acceptance of AP credits). HSC graduates who have taken this program in the past have scored exceedingly well and recommend the enrichment of the courses.

To date, 49 students from HSC have been recognized by The College Board for their exceptional scholastic abilities. These students have earned either AP Scholar status for scoring "3s" or better on at least three AP exams, or AP National Scholar recognition for scoring "4s" or higher on a minimum of five AP exams.









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