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									Advanced Placement is a challenging academic alternative to regular high school courses. This program provides an opportunity for students to study at an accelerated pace and ultimately learn at a first-year university level in high school. Using this advanced knowledge students are often able to directly enter second-year courses at university and may, in some cases, receive university credits for work done in high school. University credit is granted based on Advanced Placement examinations written in the grade twelve year, although enriched preparatory courses are offered in grades ten and eleven. To be successful in this rigorous program, students should meet the following criteria:  a demonstrated intellectual curiosity, and a keen interest in the subject area  academic excellence, with a mark greater than 80% in the requested subject area  have demonstrated self-motivation and commitment to scholarship Students in Advanced Placement courses should be prepared to take the College Board Advanced Placement examination for each course, in May of their grade twelve year. Each exam costs approximately $110, but Lord Beaverbrook High School will cover the cost of all exams which receive a grade of 3 out of 5 or greater. Students may register in any number of AP courses but the average is two or three. Students need to consider their time management abilities, as well as their interest and ability in each subject. The following Advanced Placement courses are offered in Grade 10:  Art 10AP  Mathematics 10AP  Computer Science 10AP  Science 10AP  English 10AP  Social Studies 10AP Students interested in AP courses should consult with their parents, subject teachers and guidance counsellors to discuss the expectations and their suitability for the increased demands of AP courses. Students and parents are welcome to contact the AP Curriculum Leader at Lord Beaverbrook to discuss their concerns. Students who are ineligible for, or do not choose to take, AP in grade 10 may apply for late entry to AP in grade 11 provided they obtain greater than 80% and a teacher recommendation in each AP subject. They may also be required to make up some material missed in the grade 10 course. Students with marks between 75-79% who have an interest in the Advanced Placement program should contact the AP Coordinator to arrange an interview and discuss their options. Applications should be directed to: Ms. Linda Mason Advanced Placement Curriculum Leader Lord Beaverbrook High School 259-5585 ext 2418 LPMason@cbe.ab.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 13th, 2009

Art The Art AP program is set up to provide art students with an opportunity to prepare a broad portfolio of work, which is useful for earning entrance into post-secondary institutions and, where suitable, can merit a course credit equivalency. In order to complete the Advanced Placement Art course by May of Grade 12, the candidates must have completed a portfolio of more than twenty pieces of work. This work must be original, show technical and artistic competence, and display both focus and breadth. Successful students generally have:  high interest/passion in art and artistic aptitude  work which stands out “above the crowd” in concept and technique  the ability to meet deadlines and show focus and commitment to work  pride in doing quality work  creative approaches accompanied by good hand-eye coordination and dexterity  art college or art related career in mind for the future By the end of their grade 12 year, AP students may have completed the equivalent of a first year university Art course, and will have completed a portfolio suitable for admission interviews to post secondary institutions. Grade 10 students applying for Art 10 AP will be required to have their current portfolio assessed by Art AP teachers for admission into the program. The Advanced Placement Curriculum Leader will review all applications and the Art teachers will make appointments to assess portfolios. Admission will depend on students’ qualifications, teacher recommendations and availability of space in the courses. Computer Science Computer Science AP is intended to provide students with a programming background equivalent to that of a generalized introductory university course. Computer Science AP is taught as a sequence of four courses (2 grade 10 – 3 credit courses, and 2 grade 11 and 12 – 5 credit courses). While students may enter the Computer Science stream at any time, the four courses must be taken in sequence. Successful Computer Science AP students generally:  have a strong interest in computers and demonstrate good work habits and time management skills  have a strong background in English and Mathematics  enjoy working both independently and collaboratively with other students  have a creative mind and excellent problem solving skills While there is no standardized high school programming course, the content of Computer Science AP is more challenging than would normally be expected at this level. Student work in Computer Science AP is graded with this in mind; student achievement is characteristically superior. By the end of their grade 12 year, AP students will have completed the equivalent of a first year university Computer Science course and they will be prepared for writing their AP exam. Students applying to take Computer Science 10AP should have greater than 80% in grade 9 English and Math or evidence of achievement in junior high computer courses. More information on prerequisites for the program is available from the AP Curriculum Leader.

English The English Literature and Composition AP program covers the required Alberta senior high school language arts objectives. In addition, to these requirements, AP English students also study selected periods of English literary history. AP English is not a creative writing course. Students interested primarily in creative writing should consider enrolling in Creative Writing and/or Journalism after completing their English 10 or 10AP. Students who enroll in English AP do more reading and writing than is required in regular English classes but, because they have advanced skills in these areas, this should not create undue stress. Students in AP English may also have summer reading assignments before grade 11 and 12. Students may be considered for late entry to English 20AP, but they should be aware that this will require preparatory reading. Successful English AP students generally:  enjoy reading a wide variety of materials including novels, magazines, newspapers, and on-line articles  enjoy sharing their ideas and appreciate the ideas and writings of other people  are interested in developing deeper understandings of subtle aspects of literature including the impact of a writer’s style  have an interest in history  are interested in new ideas and new ways of expressing them  like to explore their own ideas by comparing them with others  respond positively to writing assignments and want their writing to be of high calibre  have confident control of the mechanics of writing By the end of their grade 12 year, AP students will have completed the equivalent of a first year university English course, be prepared for the writing their AP exam, and will have written the required Alberta Education Diploma exam. For mark purposes, students will be evaluated with the same evaluation rubrics as students in regular classes. These rubrics have been developed from those used by the Evaluation Branch of Alberta Education. The Advanced Placement scale, developed by the College Board, is used to measure student progress through the program; however, these marks are used for information purposes only and are not included in calculating course marks. Students applying for entrance into English 10AP should refer to the last two pages of the AP APPLICATION and complete the Literature Response Writing Sample.

Mathematics Mathematics AP courses are designed for the student who is interested in mathematics, has good work habits, learns quickly and enjoys a challenge. The teacher will give shorter explanations and will include less drill and practice than a standard math course and will cover areas that complement the regular curriculum. Students will have more challenging assignments or projects; and most students participate in regular mathematics contests. Students should note that grade 12 Math AP requires registration in Math 30AP and 31AP concurrently in their grade 12 year and should plan their program accordingly. Successful Mathematics AP students generally:  demonstrate a strong aptitude in and enjoy problem solving with Mathematics  master mathematical concepts quickly and with limited repetition  have a personality well suited to an academically oriented class and are most comfortable in that setting. By the end of their grade 12 year, AP students will have completed the equivalent of a first year university Calculus course, will be prepared for the writing their AP exam and will have written the required Alberta Education Diploma exam. For mark purposes, students will be evaluated with scales consistent with students in regular classes. These scales have been developed from those used by the Evaluation Branch of Alberta Education.

Science Advanced Placement in Science is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study scientific concepts and develop science practical and computational skills at the university level. Sciences are presented with a holistic and analytical approach, with an emphasis placed on the links between Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science 10AP will cover the standard Alberta Education curriculum as well portions of grade 11 materials. Students applying for late entry to Biology, Chemistry or Physics 20AP from Science 10 should consult with the appropriate teacher to ensure they are adequately prepared for the course, by the completion of laboratories and / or topics and units of additional work. Students should be aware that both Chemistry and Physics 30 AP require the enrolment in the corresponding 3 credit 35 AP course in the appropriately scheduled semester of grade 12, so students should plan their schedules accordingly. It is strongly suggested that Biology 20AP and 30AP be taken concurrently in a single year, and students should plan their schedule so that they can complete both of the Biology courses in either their grade 11 or 12 year. Successful Science AP students generally:  have keen interest and enthusiasm for science  work well independently and in laboratory groups to solve problems  understand concepts and relationships inherent in material that are not explicitly stated  exhibit excellent reasoning ability and have strong mathematics skills

By the end of their grade 12 year, AP students will have completed major portions of lecture and lab topics found in first year university Biology, Chemistry or Physics course, will be prepared for the writing their AP exam, and will write the required Alberta Education Diploma exam. For mark purposes, students will be evaluated with the same evaluation scales as students in regular classes. These scales have been developed from those used by the Evaluation Branch of Alberta Education. The Advanced Placement scale, developed by the College Board, is used to measure student progress through the program; however, these marks are used for information purposes only and are not included in academic transcripts.

Social Studies Social Studies AP provides opportunities for students to explore general history but concentrates on European history in order to prepare for the Advanced Placement – European History exam. Social Studies 10 AP covers standard Alberta curriculum for grade 10 and part of grade 11. Social 20AP and 30AP focus on skill development and covers material from the remainder of the grade 11 and 12 Alberta curriculum, as well as the AP European History curriculum. It is strongly suggested that Social Studies 20AP and 30AP be taken concurrently in a single year, and students should plan their AP courses so that they can complete both of the Social Studies courses in either their grade 11 or 12 year. Students applying for late entry to Social Studies 20AP from Social Studies 10 will be responsible for making up the extra material missed in Social Studies 10AP. Successful Social Studies AP students generally:  have a strong interest in history and current affairs  excel in English and enjoy reading non-fiction  enjoy participating in investigating and discussing historic and contemporary issues By May of the grade 12 year, AP students will have completed the equivalent of a first year university History course and will be ready for the writing of their AP exam. They will also be adequately prepared to write the Alberta Education Diploma exam. For mark purposes, students will be evaluated with the same evaluation scales as students in regular classes. These scales have been developed from those used by the evaluation branch of Alberts Education. The Advanced Placement scale, developed by the College Board, is used to measure student progress through the program; however, these marks are used for information purposes only and are not included in academic transcripts.


								
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