Advanced Placement Program
Enrolment in AP courses at TLA is closed for the 2012-13 school year
The AP Program allows high school students to embark upon rigorous college-level studies and allows students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery by taking AP exams. Students can receive high school credits, and if they perform well on the advanced placement exam, college credit too. Thousands of colleges and universities across Canada and internationally recognize Advanced Placement for credit and encourage students to challenge themselves in this way.
TLA started an Advanced Placement (AP) Program with online courses in 2009 and we have experienced excellent success in a very short time with one student already receiving the honour of AP National Scholar.
TLA's AP Program
- Provide both high school and university credits
- Exempt students from some introductory college/university courses, saving costs and allowing more advanced level study earlier.
- Provide a challenging program of courses.
- Develop skills and habits students’ need for success in college/university.
- Give students the opportunity to focus on one area on interest at a university level.
Advanced Placement Examinations occur in May each year. These exams are separate from the BC Ministry of Education Provincial Exams and are set by the College Board in the US. The exams consist of both multiple-choice and free response questions. Grades on the exams are sent to students, schools, and colleges in July.
The AP grading scale is as follows:
- 5 Extremely well qualified
- 4 Well qualified
- 3 Qualified
- 2 Possibly qualified
- 1 No recommendation
TLA has an open-enrolment policy for AP courses. Any student who wishes to attempt the demands of AP can enroll in a course. However, starting in Grade 10 students who the subject teachers believe would value and benefit from one or more AP courses are offered guidance to tailor their grad plan to accommodate this. TLA then offers a more rigorous (pre-AP) program for many courses in Grade 11 to help prepare students who know they want to go on to take AP courses in Grade 12.
TLA offers the following courses:
- AP 2-D Design Portfolio 12
- AP 3-D Design Portfolio 12
- AP Studio Art Drawing 12
- AP Biology 12
- AP Calculus AB 12 (taken concurrently with Principles of Mathematics 12 or after completion of it)
- AP Chemistry 12
- AP English Language and Composition 12
- AP French Language 12
- AP Music Theory 12 (Examination only)
- AP Psychology 12
- AP World History 12
Students have access to their online AP course materials as soon as they start the course. Most courses also involve accessing
a textbook that is on loan to students for the year. Teachers provide direct instruction (one on one or small group) via real time online classes, discussion forums and video lessons. Teachers are available to guide and mentor the students through all of the components of the course.
The AP Program offers Scholar Awards to recognize students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP exams.
- AP Scholar. Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
- AP Scholar with Honor. Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
- AP Scholar with Distinction. Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
- AP National Scholar. Granted to students in Canada who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.