Advance Placement (AP)

NAME EMAIL COURSES WEBSITES
Sandra Da Silva
(AP Director)
Sandra.Dasilva@sd41.bc.ca AP Psychology 12 dasilvapsychology.weebly.com

Fonda Papathanisou

(AP Exam Coordinator)

Fonda.Papathanisou@sd41.bc.ca
Pierre Dube Pierre.Dube@sd41.bc.ca AP French Language 12
Lori Bernard Lori.Bernard@sd41.bc.ca AP Calculus 12 chargermath.yolasite.com
Danielle Martel Daniella.Martel@sd41.bc.ca AP Biology
Norman Jansen Norman.Jansen@sd41.bc.ca AP Chemistry 12
Doreen Larisch Doreen.Larisch@sd41.bc.ca AP English Literature 12
Kishore Singh AP Physics 12

Cariboo Hill Secondary’s Advanced Placement instructors are dedicated to providing AP students with the best possible enrichment opportunities for learning, preparation for post secondary success and AP exam prep. All our teachers have been approved by the College Boards AP Audit and are accredited Advanced Placement instructors.

Cariboo Hill Secondary’s Advanced Placement instructors are dedicated to providing AP students with the best possible enrichment opportunities for learning, preparation for post secondary success and AP exam prep. All our teachers have been approved by the College Boards AP Audit and are accredited Advanced Placement instructors.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM SCHEDULE

For a complete schedule of all AP Exams, refer to 2016 AP Exam Schedule.


AP EXAM RESULTS

AP scores will be online this year. Visit apscore.org to get your results.

A Big Congrats to our 2015 AP Scholars

AP Scholar Recipeint:         Jared Mah

AP Scholar Recipeint:         Kyra Mainer

AP Scholar of Distinction:   Ray Zhang

National AP Scholar:          Ray Zhang


ADVANCED PLACEMENT LEARNING

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is an educational program that provides motivated high school students with the opportunity to take University/college level courses and examinations in a high school setting. Students who complete an AP exam with a score of 4 or 5 (some institutions only require a score of 3 based on a 1 to 5 scale) may, upon admission to university or college, be granted credit at post secondary institutions around the world.

Currently, École Cariboo Hill provides students with an opportunity to take 10 different Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Literature, French Language, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Physics, Psychology and Statistics.

Unlike university and college courses, there is no fee to take an AP course at Cariboo Hill. However there is a fee for writing an Advance Placement examination. Since this is an external exam administered by the College Board, we are obliged to charge the students the cost of writing the exam. The exam cost is $135 CND for each exam. Collection of exam fees will begin in the first week of January in your child’s AP class(es). Students must pay their fee by January 30 for exam ordering. If your child does not pay for the exam in advance, the exam will not be ordered for them. If your child is enrolled in more than one AP course, we can set up a payment plan option to help ease the payment for each exam. You may start paying for exams at any time throughout the school year at our front office. Please note: We don’t do exams for students who are not currently enrolled at Cariboo Hill

Regardless of whether or not your child writes the AP exam, the completion of an AP course is acknowledged on their official BC Ministry of Education transcript. However, if your child wants to pursue advanced credit at a post secondary institution, they must write the AP exam and forward their results to the institution of their choice.

AP exams are written in the first two weeks of May. AP teachers and Cariboo Hill administrators strongly recommend that all AP students fulfill their commitment to the course by writing the AP exams. This is an amazingly enriched opportunity for your child.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sandra Da Silva at sandra.dasilva@sd41.bc.ca regarding AP programs and examination fees.

Yours truly,

Sandra Da Silva


HONOURS (PRE AP) COURSES

Pre-AP Honours courses are intended for motivating and advanced learning from grade 8 to 11. Honours courses begin at the Grade 8 level with each of the four academic subject areas, English 8, Social Studies 8, Math 8 and Science 8. Students do not have to take all the courses on a “pathway”. They may opt in or out of the program from year to year. However, courses taken as a prerequisite for an AP course (such as Biology 11 H for AP Biology 12) condenses the grade 11 curriculum and introduces the grade 12 curriculum in one year. Students are then able to complete the grade 12 curriculum and the first year university curriculum in the AP 12 course. In essence, students are completing three years of curriculum in two years. It is very important, therefore, that students choose their courses carefully in grade 10 and 11 so that they have the necessary prerequisite(s) for the AP course(s) that they wish to take.


WRITING THE AP EXAMINATION

Students enrolled in AP courses are strongly recommended to write the external AP examinations in May. Unlike university and college, there is no fee for taking an AP course, but there is a fee to write the AP examinations. Since this is an external exam administered by the College Board, we are obligated to charge students the cost of writing these exams. The cost is $135 CDN per exam. This is inexpensive in relation to the cost of taking the equivalent course at a post secondary institution. You may set up a payment plan to help finance your child’s exam. Regardless of whether or not the student writes the AP exam in May, the fact that they completed an AP course is acknowledged on their official BC Ministry of Education transcript. If the student wants to earn Advance Placement credits toward a post secondary institution, they must write the AP exam and forward their results to their institution(s). It is strongly recommended that students write the corresponding provincial exam (if there is one) in June as well.


HOW ADMISSIONS AND AP CREDITS TRANSFER TO UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES

AP courses may be combined with other high school course for the purpose of admission at most post secondary institutions across North America (United States and Canada). Most have also stated that exam results with only be used in the calculation of admission averages if they increase the student’s admission average. Please check with each individual post secondary institution for their up-to-date admission policy.

Students who successfully completed an AP exam with a minimum score of 4 on a 5 point scale (some institutions only require a score of 3) may, upon admission to the university, be granted a credit or a placement in a higher course equivalent course.

For information of transfer credits for other Universities and colleges please go to bccat.bc.ca

Students are able to use specific AP exam scores to count towards earning a Grade 12 Graduation Program Scholarship.

AP scores of 4 and 5 will be counted as one, two or all three of the required exam scores needed to earn a scholarship. AP exam scores of 4 will be considered as an 86% and scores of 5 as 96%. A score on a Grade 12 provincial exam and a score on a Grade 12 provincial exam and a score on a Grade 12 AP or IB exam on the same subject cannot count as two separate exam scores. For example, a student cannot use a score of 86 % on the provincial Grade 12 Biology exam and a 5 on the AP Biology exam to count as two separate exam scores. This is also true for English 12 and AP English 12 Lit. Please note however that Math 12 Principles and Calculus AB or Calculus BC are treated as two separate courses.


HOW AP STUDENTS DO AFTER GRADUATION

Advanced Placement students, when placed in advanced courses in university, tend to outperform other students. About 80% of these students receive A’s or B’s in subsequent course work even at the most selective institutions. These students usually have higher grade point averages and are more likely to graduate with honours. These students also adjust to university life faster than their counterparts who have not taken AP courses.


MORE INFORMATION

For information on Advanced Placement in Canada, visit ap.ca. For information about AP credits at various post secondary institutions in BC, visit bccat.bc.ca. For additional information about AP and Honours course at Cariboo Hill, contact Mrs. Sandra DA Silva, Advanced Learning/Scholarship Coordinator at 604-664-8568 or by email at sandra.dasilva@sd41.bc.ca.

Please note: We don’t do exams for students who are not currently enrolled at Cariboo Hill