Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is an international academic enrichment program.

Students in Advanced Placement courses study the regular Saskatchewan curricula but do so within an enriched academic program. Through the Advanced Placement program, high school students can earn university credits, stand out in the admissions process and, more importantly, follow their passion in one or more AP subjects. In essence, AP courses accelerate the rate at which learners can progress down their chosen career path.

What are the benefits of AP?

For students interested in pursuing post-secondary education and who are prepared to invest the time and energy into these challenging courses, AP will develop the skill sets required to succeed in advanced academic environments.

Additional benefits to AP are:

  • students are prepared for the rigors of post-secondary study
  • there may be a reduced work load at post-secondary level
  • students have an opportunity to investigate and explore subjects of interest at a deeper level

How is learning different within the AP environment?

The focus of AP courses is not on memorizing and regurgitating facts and figures. Instead, students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively. This can be especially challenging in an online environment. To help you meet these unique learning challenges, you will be required to meet with your instructors online at specific times throughout the year.

Is Online AP for Me?

AP operates on an open access policy meaning that any student can enrol in Advanced Placement courses. To ensure the greatest chances of success, students should:

  • have a reliable internet connection
  • find learning stimulating and exciting
  • enjoy a challenge
  • have a well-developed work ethic and time management skills
  • be self-disciplined and self-motivated to achieve
  • be comfortable with technology
  • have parental support and approval

How does AP affect high school and university credits?

Completed courses will be noted on Ministry-issued high school transcripts with an AP designation (ex. ELA B30 AP).

Note: Ministry of Education transcripts will indicate the AP Designation as received from Kenaston School as the DLC is working in tandem with them.

AP students are evaluated on a scale of 1-5. A score of 2 or 3 indicates significant success; this student is well equipped for intense academic study and better prepared for a post-secondary learning environment. A score of 4 or 5 - on most AP exams - will earn a university credit or placement; certain programs will also recognize an AP score of 3. It is crucial for you to check with the university of your choice to see what score is required to obtain the credit. It is also important to note that you have the option to accept or not accept the university credit. In declining the university credit, you would have the option to retake the course in university and work towards a higher mark.

When and where do I write an AP exam?

In May, students write an AP exam which is developed by the College Board; the international agency that certifies and monitors AP course deliveries. The annual schedule of AP exams is posted well in advance.

These exams are proctored by appointed supervisors and must be written at a designated AP School. Following registration, your instructor will discuss with you appropriate schools that you can write at.

AP Designated Schools

Students needing accommodations for AP Exams are expected to notify their instructor immediately upon registration of the course; this process can take an extended period of time. Documentation will be required to apply for accommodations.

Are there any important dates I should be aware of?

The deadline for AP registration is in early September.

Unlike most DLC courses, AP courses are not continuous intake; assignment due dates are set to keep students on track and ensure readiness for the AP Exam, which all AP students across the country write, in May.

What are the exam fees?

There is a non-refundable fee of $94 USD per exam. Monies are to be paid immediately after registration in the course.

What if I find AP is not for me after I register?

After you have begun your AP studies, you may realize that this type of course is not a fit for you. If this is the case, meet with your teacher to explore alternate pathways to obtain the associated Saskatchewan curricular outcomes. There are always other options. If you have paid for the AP course, you can discuss the possibility of a refund with the DLC Administration.

Who is the DLC AP Coordinator?

The DLC AP Coordinator is Aaron Biberdorf. It is the AP Coordinator's responsibility to apply for accommodations, order AP Exams, and assign invigilators. You should contact your instructor(s) directly with questions about AP programming.