Advanced Placement

*** Please note only Sentinel students who are enrolled in AP courses may write the corresponding AP exams at our school.  We do not allow non-Sentinel students to write AP exams at our school.***


The Advanced Placement Program is a program of challenge and enrichment that is available to students commencing at the Grade 10 level.

In 1988 the Advanced Placement (AP) Program was introduced to West Vancouver Schools at Sentinel. The AP Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. It allows high school students to undertake college-level academic learning in AP courses, and gives them the opportunity to show that they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP exams. Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both from thousands of colleges and universities throughout the world.

The AP Program has been administered since 1955 by the College Board. AP procedures are determined by representatives of member institutions (public and independent schools, colleges, and universities). AP’s operational services are provided by Educational Testing Service. In May 2020, in the United States, Canada, and overseas, 4,751,957 examinations were administered to 2,642,630 students in 22,152 participating high schools. Upon completion of their AP courses at Sentinel Secondary School, 274 students from Grades 10, 11 and 12 wrote 672 AP examinations. They achieved an average score of 4 out of 5 on their AP exams.

Benefits of the AP Program for Students

For students, AP can:

  • Provide college credits for courses and examinations successfully taken in high
  • Exempt them from some introductory college courses, thus permitting them to move more quickly into advanced
  • Motivate them to attempt more challenging courses in both high school and
  • Develop, in a high school environment, the study skills and habits they will need in
  • Bolster their confidence that they can meet college
  • Reduce college costs and time to obtain a
AP Grades and Reports

Each May, to complete their Advanced Placement courses, students write the AP Examinations. The multiple-choice portions of the exams are scored by computer and the free-response sections are scored by college and high school consultants at the AP Reading in June. Grade reports are available to students, schools, and colleges in July.

The AP grading scale used in the reports is as follows: 5 – Extremely well qualified

4 – Well qualified 3 – Qualified

2 – Possibly qualified

1 – No recommendation

Advanced Placement Courses offered at Sentinel:

Grade 10

Pre-AP Literary Studies and Composition 10

Pre-AP Foundations and Pre-calculus Mathematics 10 Pre-AP Science 10

Grade 11

Students going into Grade 11 who have completed the prerequisite courses and who wish to challenge themselves, may take the following courses which prepare them for the Grade 12 level ones.

AP Art 11 (Art Studio 11) AP Life Sciences 11

AP Capstone Seminar 11 (Has AP exam in May) AP Chemistry 11

AP Literary Studies 11

AP Physics 1 Honours 11 (AP exam is written upon completion of AP Physics 2) AP Pre-calculus 11

Grade 12

Students going into Grade 11 or 12 who have completed the prerequisites may take the following courses which prepare them to write the corresponding AP Examinations in May.

AP 2-D Art and Design

12 AP 3-D Art and Design 12

AP Drawing 12

AP Biology 12

AP Calculus AB 12

AP Calculus BC 12A

AP Capstone Research 12

AP Chemistry 12

AP Chinese Language and Culture 12

AP Computer Science 12A

AP Computer Science Principles 12

AP English Language and Composition 12

AP English Literature and Composition 12

AP French Language and Culture 12

AP Human Geography 12

AP Japanese Language and Culture 12

AP Physics 2 Honours 12

AP Psychology 12

AP Statistics 12

Please note: Only students who take the AP course at Sentinel can write the corresponding AP exam at the school. Priority for enrollment in AP courses at the Grade 12 level is given to students who have not written the AP exam prior to taking the course.

AP Scholar Awards

The AP Program offers several Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. In addition to receiving an award certificate, the students’ achievement is acknowledged on any grade report that they send to colleges the following fall.

  • AP Scholar. Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP
  • AP Scholar with Honor. Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these
  • AP Scholar with Distinction. Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these
  • AP National Scholar. Granted to students in Canada who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.