Advanced Placement (AP)

The Burnaby School District has the largest Advanced Placement (AP) program in Canada. Every one of our 8 high schools offers AP courses.

What is AP?
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of post-secondary level courses and exams that offer high-achieving students the opportunity to earn advanced placement and/or credit for university level courses while they are still in high school. Students who complete an AP exam with a score of 4 or 5 (some institutions only require a 3) may, upon admission to that university, be granted credit at universities around the world. The AP program is recognized and accepted at many prestigious universities. About 1 million students write around 2 million exams annually.

Admissions officers at most universities are aware of the performance of AP students and are very interested in recruiting these students.

AP students, when placed in advanced courses at university, tend to outperform other students.

Students receiving advanced placement/credit may complete their university program faster.

AP Courses and Exams
The following are some of the AP courses available in Burnaby schools. Not all courses are provided in each school.

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Economics
  • Music Theory

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