Advanced Placement

About Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) is an international program that brings university-level courses into high schools. AP students who perform well often receive academic credit at post-secondary institutions.

Advanced Placement courses offer:

  • enrichment
  • challenge
  • flexibility
  • university preparation
  • international recognition

You may be interested in learning more about the Advanced Placement program through the following links:

Advanced Placement at SMUS

St. Michaels University School is a Canadian pioneer and leader in the Advanced Placement (AP) program. SMUS is:

  • a top 5 school in Canada for the breadth of our course offerings (27 courses)
  • the first school in Canada to adopt AP (1978)
  • one of only 10 schools in Canada to pilot the AP Capstone program
  • one of only 26 schools in the world to have two perfect exam scores (2014)

The performance of SMUS students on AP exams is consistently higher than the world average:

  • 86% of our students scored a 3, 4 or 5 on their AP exams (2016), compared to just 60% of students worldwide
  • 25 of our students received National AP Scholar awards in 2016, granted to students who receive scores of 4 or higher on five or more AP exams and have an overall average of at least 4

As a university preparatory school, SMUS believes that Advanced Placement is the best way to prepare our students for the challenges of higher learning:

  • research shows that students who take AP courses have better four-year graduation rates than those who did not take AP
  • a 2008 study showed graduation rates for AP English Literature students were 62 percent higher than graduation rates for those who took other English courses in high school

Not only do our students enter university better prepared, they also earn credit and advanced university placement through their participation in the AP program:

  • more than 90 percent of four-year US colleges and universities grant credit or placement for qualifying AP exam scores
  • universities from more than 55 countries recognize AP results for credit and advanced placement 

2018-2019 Courses

Title Grade
AP English Language and Composition 12
AP English Literature and Composition 12
AP Calculus BC 12
AP Calculus AB 12
AP Statistics 12 12
AP Biology 12
AP Chemistry 12
AP Physics 1 11, 12
AP Physics 2 12
AP Physics C: Mechanics 12
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 12
AP Environmental Science 11, 12
AP Computer Science A 11, 12
AP Computer Science Principles 11, 12
AP French Language and Culture 12
AP Spanish Language and Culture 12
AP Chinese Language and Culture 12
AP Microeconomics 11, 12
AP Macroeconomics 11, 12
AP Human Geography 11, 12
AP Comparative Government and Politics 11, 12
AP Psychology 12
AP European History 11, 12
AP Seminar 11, 12
AP Research 12
AP Art History 11, 12
AP Studio Art 12

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Senior School Course Handbook cover

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Published: March, 2019

A guide to Senior School courses with descriptions to help our students plan an optimal school year.

1.28 MB