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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is an exciting opportunity for students to challenge themselves to a rigorous academic experience. This opportunity is available to all students who consider themselves highly motivated and especially interested in specific areas of study. There is no cost to the student to register in AP credits, nor is there a cost to the school to offer AP courses.

You can learn more by watching the Advanced Placement Video  

The courses themselves are offered within the regular subject (i.e.ENG4UAP students would be part of the ENG4U class) taken in most cases during the first semester of the school year. The external examinations for AP credits are written in May followed by the high school’s regular exams in June.

The grading scale for AP is:
5 = Extremely well qualified
4 = Well qualified
3 = Qualified
2 = Possibly qualified
 

Students may choose at the time of the exam(s) to have their mark(s) sent or not to the post-secondary schools of their choice. There is a fee to write the exam.
 

Students who are considering AP should consult with their subject teachers and Guidance teacher in order to plan their AP experience.

 

Benefits for Students

  • It provides university credits for courses taken in high school

     
  • It develops the analytical and study skills required to succeed in
    university courses

     
  • It motivates students to undertake more challenging work in both high school and university

     
  • There is no fee to register in AP (there is a modest fee for each exam)

 

Benefits for High Schools
 

  • It enhances the quality of their curriculum
     
  • It challenges their academically capable students
  • It provides opportunities for staff to teach capable, motivated students in demanding courses
     
  • It adds to the school’s reputation for high quality and standards

Photography

AWQ 3M • Visual Arts - Photography, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emergent technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. In this course students will have the choice of focusing on Black and White or Digital Photography.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
Studio Fee: $25.00 for additional materials used

Student work samples : sample work

 

AWQ 4M • Visual Arts - Photography, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts. This course focuses on Black and White and Digital Photography.
Prerequisite: AWQ 3M (Based on expectations of AVI 3M)
Studio Fee: $25.00 for additional materials used

Music


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AMU 1O • Music, Grade 9, Open
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life. 

AMU 2O • Music, Grade 10, Open
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures..

AMV 2O • Music-Vocal, Grade 10, Open
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.

AMG 3M • Guitar Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. This course focuses on the development of basic guitar technique.
Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open
Note: Acoustic guitar must be supplied by student.

AMU 3M • Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. 
Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

AMT 3M • Music Theatre, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
(Next offered in 2011/2012)

This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. Outcomes will be achieved through participation in a musical theatre production. 
Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

AMU 4M • Music, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.
Prerequisite: Music Grade 11, University/College Preparation

AMT 4M • Music Theatre, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
(Next offered in 2011/2012)

This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. Outcomes will be achieved through participation in a musical theatre production. 
Prerequisite: Music Grade 11, University/College Preparation

AMU 4MP • Music, Grade 12 - Advanced Placement (AP),
University/College Preparation

This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. AP Music is based on a written music theory examination. The AP course is regarded as a university level course that may gain the student an advanced credit towards their first year of post secondary studies.
Prerequisite: Music Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Dramatic Arts


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ADA 1O or ADA 1OF • Dramatic Arts, Grade 9, Open

This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

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ADA 2O • Dramatic Arts, Grade 10, Open
This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventions, and techniques. Students will explore a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures and representing a range of genres. Students will use the elements of drama in creating and communicating through dramatic works. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creative and collaborative processes and will reflect on their experiences.

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ADA 3M • Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences. Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

ADA 4M • Dramatic Arts, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other text and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.  
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation or Open

ADD 3M • Dramatic Arts-Theatre Production, Grade 11 University/College Preparation (Next offered in 2010/2011)
This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyse the functions of playwright, director, actor, technician, and audience. This production focus course involves the student in the mounting of a full-scale production. Students will assume responsibility for various production roles, engage in the dynamics of an ensemble theatre company and perform the production in a local theatre.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
Students should be prepared to devote after-school time to rehearsals prior to production.

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ADD 4M • Dramatic Arts-Theatre Production, Grade 12 University/College Preparation (Next offered in 2010/2011)
This course requires students to experiment with forms and conventions in dramatic literature, and to create/adapt and present dramatic works. Students will do research on dramatic forms, conventions, themes, and theories of acting and directing from different historical periods, and apply their knowledge of these in analysing and interpreting dramatic literature, including Canadian works and works from various cultures in the late twentieth century. Students will also examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures.
Students should be prepared to devote after-school time to rehearsals prior to production.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation or Open
Note: This course will alternate with ADB/AMT - Music Theatre

Examples of Student Work:

Music Theatre

ADB 3M • Music Theatre 
This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyse the functions of playwright, director, actor, technician, and audience.This production focus course involves the student in the mounting of a full-scale production. Students will assume responsibility for various production roles, engage in the dynamics of an ensemble theatre company and perform the production in a local theatre.
Prerequisite: ADA 10 or 2O
Note: This course will alternate with ADD 3M/4M - Dramatic Arts - Theatre Production

ADB 4M • Music Theatre
This course requires students to experiment with forms and conventions in dramatic literature, and to create/adapt and present dramatic works. Students will do research on dramatic forms, conventions, themes, and theories of acting and directing from different historical periods, and apply their knowledge of these in analysing and interpreting dramatic literature, including Canadian works and works from various cultures in the late twentieth century. Students will also examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures. Students will assume responsibility for various production roles, engage in the dynamics of an ensemble theatre company and perform the production in a local theatre.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
Note: This course will alternate with ADD 3M/4M - Dramatic Arts - Theatre Production