Rockridge AP

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows students to pursue college-level studies while still in secondary school.

In May 2012, more than 80% of Rockridge students who wrote AP examinations achieved a score of 3 or higher out of 5. Over the past five years, Rockridge students have consistently achieved results that have met or been above the BC, Canadian and American averages for AP examinations.

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Sentinel AP

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows students to pursue college-level studies while still in secondary school.

In May 2017, in the United States, Canada and overseas, 5,005,493 examinations were administered to 2,761,868 students in 22,061 participating high schools. In Canada, 19,247 students wrote 30,517 examinations which were offered in 630 participating schools.  In British Columbia, 6,666 students wrote 11,167 examinations in 158 schools.

Highlights from the May 2017 Examination Session

  • In May 2017, 270 Sentinel students, from Grades 10,11 and 12, wrote 604 AP examinations and achieved an average score of 3.95 out of 5.0. By comparison, the average for British Columbia was 3.62, and for Canada, 3.47. Our students’ success is even more pronounced when compared to the American average of 2.84.
  • Sentinel students achieved scores of 3 or more on 92.5% of their examinations which is almost 12% above the provincial average, 16% above the national average, and 35% above the American average.
  • Sentinel students achieved scores of 5 (the highest mark) in 37% of the AP examinations they wrote. This compares favourably to the provincial average of 31%, the Canadian average of 26%, and the American one of 14%.
  • Sentinel students achieved scores of 4 or 5 on 67% of their examinations.
  • 96% of Sentinel’s AP students achieved scores of 3 or higher on their examinations, compared to 80% of AP students in British Columbia and 60% globally.
  • In AP Studio Art, 49 portfolios were submitted for evaluation: 100% of them had scores of 3 or higher; just over 92% of them had scores of 4 or 5. The average score for the portfolios was 4.52 out of 5.
  • 45 of the 47 students at Sentinel who were awarded BC Ministry of Education Grade 12 Graduation Program Examinations Scholarships participated in the AP program.  They took an average of 5.2 AP examinations and achieved a mean score of 4.2 out of 5.

Learn more about how your student can achieve his or her personal best with the AP Program.

Information Session – January 21, 2020 at 7PM | Sentinel Secondary
For more information, please call (604) 981-1130.


The Advanced Placement Program

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 the United States, Canada and overseas, 19,493 high schools offer AP courses as well as the annual examinations. In 2014, 4,199,688 examinations were administered to 2,352,059 students. In Canada, 17,513 students wrote 26,841 examinations which were offered in 572 participating schools. In British Columbia, 6,252 students wrote 10,043 examinations in 150 schools. Last year at Sentinel 215 students wrote 433 AP examinations.


 Benefits of AP for Students

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

AP Grades and Reports

Each May, students take the Advanced Placement 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 sent to students, schools, and colleges/universities 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

 Course Offerings for Students Enrolling in Grade 10
  • Pre-AP English 10 Enriched
  • Pre-AP Art 11
  • AP Statistics
Course Offerings for Students Enrolling in Grade 11

Students enrolling in 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 courses and for the AP Examination.

  • Pre- AP English 11
  • Pre-AP Biology 11
  • Pre-AP Studio Art 11
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
Course Offerings for Students Enrolling in Grade 12

Students enrolling in Grade 12 who have completed the prerequisites may take the following courses which prepare them to write the AP exams in May. Rockridge Secondary has been authorized by the College Board to teach the following courses:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language (depending on students)
  • AP Physics (1) and (2)
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio
  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio

The AP Examinations are written after the students have completed the senior level of the course. Examination Fee per AP Course $135 CDN

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 college/universities the following fall.

AP Scholar. Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

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 exams.

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 exams.

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

AP Programs and Enrolment

AP courses are offered at Rockridge Secondary School and Sentinel Secondary School.

Rockridge Secondary Advanced Placement Program

Sentinel Secondary Advanced Placement Program

Resource Fees – Rockridge Secondary School
AP Exam Fee$135
AP Studio Art and Drawing 12$70
AP 2D Design Portfolio$70
AP 3D Design Portfolio$70
Pre-AP Biology 11$50
AP Biology 12$110
AP Calculus AB 12No course fee
AP Chemistry 12$90
AP Computer ScienceNo course fee
AP English Language and Composition 12No course fee
AP English Literature and Composition 12No course fee
AP HistoryNo course fee
AP Physics 1$65
AP Physics 2$65
AP Psychology 12No course fee
AP Statistics 12No course fee
Resource Fees – Sentinel Secondary School
AP Exam fee$135
AP Art 11$70
AP 2D Design Portfolio 12$70
AP 2D Design Portfolio (Photo) 12$80
AP 3D Design Portfolio$65
AP Studio Art Drawing 12$70
AP Biology 11$50
AP Biology 12$110
AP Chemistry 11$50
AP Chemistry 12$90
AP Physics 1 Honours 11$20
AP Physics 2 Honours 12$65
AP Psychology 12$5

For enrollment information, please contact:

Sentinel Secondary School
Mrs. Kathy Grant
Advanced Placement Coordinator
(604) 981-1130

Rockridge Secondary School
Mr. Chris Sandor
Advanced Placement Coordinator
(604) 981-1300