Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program is best known for giving high school students the opportunity to earn university credits, save on university tuition and even graduate from university early.

What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

Advanced Placement (AP) is an opportunity for highly motivated students to experience an academic program at a first year university level while still in high school.  It also means students could benefit from advanced standing when applying to first year university programs. 

How Does Advanced Placement Work at Bayside?

Students who are interested in taking AP courses are encouraged to meet with subject teachers and guidance teachers to learn more about the program.  Presently AP courses are offered as an extension to the Ontario Curriculum.

Advanced Placement Courses currently taught at Bayside are:

  • French
  • History
  • Calculus

Students have the option of writing any exam offered through AP if they wish to prepare independently to challenge the exam.

 Why participate in Advanced Placement?

AP can change a student’s life.  The only requirements are a strong curiosity about the subject to be studied and the willingness to work hard.  Here are just a few of the reasons to sign up:

Gain the Edge in University Preparation:

  • Get a head start on exactly the sort of work confronted in university
  • Improve writing skills and sharpen problem-solving techniques
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work
  • major universities are looking for AP students

    Stand out in the University Admission Process
  • Demonstrate maturity and readiness for college
  • Show a willingness to push oneself to the limit
  • Emphasize commitment to academic excellence

Broaden Intellectual Horizons

  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives
  • Study subjects in greater depth and detail
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing and understanding

The College Board’s research studies indicate that for most subjects, AP grades of 4 or 5 are comparable to university grades of A, and AP grades of 3 or 2 are comparable to grades of B and C, respectively.  Even getting a 1 or 2 allows students a much better understanding of their university programs.

For more information visit the Advanced Placement Website at

It is free for all users and has a growing set of resources and practice materials.