What is AP?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger.

Advanced Placement examinations are taken each May by students at participating American, Canadian, and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement (AP)courses. All AP exams (with few exceptions) combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format.   Students who receive a passing grade on the AP exam are then eligible for advanced standing in that subject area upon entrance to college or university.  This can include being granted credit for a first year level course in the subject area.  Individual universities vary in terms of which subjects they recognize, so parents and students are encouraged to research which post-secondary institutions will provide this opportunity in their subjects of interest.

Southwood offers pre-AP opportunities in a number of Grade 9 & 10 subject areas.

The College Board website (click here) also offers detailed information on the program and its benefits.

For more information please contact the department heads of the following subject areas:

French – Mme Medeiros    lara_medeiros@wrdsb.ca

History – Ms. Cornel    jessica_cornel@wrdsb.ca

Science – Ms. Deacon    jacqueline_deacon@wrdsb.ca

Geography – Mr. Bracey     jason_bracey@wrdsb.ca



Advanced Placement enables willing and academically prepared students  to pursue university-level courses, with the opportunity to earn university level credits while still in high school.  We will be offering some preparatory AP (Pre-AP) subjects in grades 9-11.  

What does the AP Pathway look like at Southwood?

Grade (Pre) Advanced Placement Subjects

Pre-AP French

Pre-AP Geography

Pre-AP Science


Pre-AP French

Pre-AP Geography

Pre-AP History

Pre-AP Science


Pre-AP French

Pre-AP Environmental Science (Geography)

Pre-AP Biology


Pathway Subjects

AP will be offered as part of the academic program – teachers will offer extended learning for students wanting to write AP exams.

Students will be eligible to write the AP exam that could earn them a university credit if successful on that exam.  

AP French

AP Environmental Science (Geography)

AP History

AP Biology

AP Economics

All local universities offer AP Credit:  

WLU Admissions

U Waterloo Admissions

Guelph U Admissions

*All grade 12 AP exams are written in May at Southwood.


There will be an approximate fee of $120.00 for taking an AP exam in your child’s grade 12 year, as the College Board needs to produce the exams, mark them and send the outcome to the university your child plans to attend.  This is still far cheaper than a first year university credit.