Walnut Grove Secondary School is pleased to offer a rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) Program. AP is a program of enrichment and acceleration that allows motivated students to begin their university studies while in secondary school and helps students pursue challenging intellectual activities while developing higher level thinking skills, such as independent study, research, analysis of knowledge, subject enrichment and sociological implications of the various areas of study. Upon successful completion of an AP course, students will have an opportunity to write the AP exam. Depending on the exam result, students may have the option to receive credit for a first-year university course.
We are proud to announce that WGSS is one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide selected to implement AP Capstone™—an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. WGSS will be offering AP Capstone Seminar 11 in the fall of 2017, and then AP Capstone Research 12 the following year. For more general information about the AP Capstone program, please visit the College Board website.
Walnut Grove Secondary offers the following AP courses (for more information about each course, please consult the subject department page and the course planning guide):
– AP Biology
– AP Calculus
– AP Capstone Research
– AP Capstone Seminar
– AP Chemistry
– AP Computer Science Principles
– AP English Language and Composition
– AP English Literature and Composition
– AP European History
– AP French Language and Culture
– AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics
– AP Physics 1
– AP Physics 2
– AP Psychology
– AP Studio Art 2-D Design
– AP Statistics
Why take AP?
– Be challenged and inspired with a subject area you are passionate about
– Experience university-level studies at WGSS
– Develop skills, abilities and knowledge that will prepare you for university and beyond
Why take AP Capstone?
Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement® courses and exams. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments only (but not on four additional AP Exams) will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.
AP Scholar Awards
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated university-level achievement through AP courses and exams. The AP grading scale for each exam is 1-5.
– AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
– AP Scholar with Honour: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
– AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exam
– AP National Scholar: Granted to students in Canada who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and score of 4 or higher on five of more of these exams
For more general information about the AP program, please consult the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents.