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AP Course Program

Program / A.P Program

After-School AP Program

  • Program Intake: September and January Terms.

  • Total 100 Hours of Learning Time (4 months/ Daily)

  • 4:00 PM ~5:30 PM After School Time

  • Receive school credit upon completion

  • Take AP Exam at City Vancouver Academy High School test location

  • B.C licensed instructor

  CVA is an approved AP Test Centre 

  1. CVA Students may take courses with or without exams

  2. Students still obtain equivalent course credits without exams

  3. CVA Students can book exams at CVA without taking the course at CVA

  4. Non-CVA Students can book exams at CVA (we can set up an online booking system)

 AP ( Advance Placement)

Reasons To Take:

The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools, colleges and universities administered by the College Board. For students willing and able to apply themselves to college-level studies, the AP Program is designed to enrich their secondary experience in a variety of subject areas. It provides the means for colleges to grant credit, advanced placement, or both, to students who have applied themselves successfully in AP subject areas. Information on credit and/or placement of students at the college and university level after successful completion of AP examinations is available through City Vancouver Academy Coordinator, the information offices of individual universities, or through the College Board.

  • Converting an AP Score into college credits helps speeding up university/ college graduation: Currently, AP exam scores are accepted by the majority of Canadian and American universities/ colleges. They can be used to shorten college courses and reduce college credits in order to graduate early after receiving the relevant AP scores.

  • Save on college tuition: AP credits can minimize the number of universities/ college courses you need to take, which helps lower the cost of your tuition. Since AP courses are subsidized to 3-6 credits per course and the cost of one UBC course (3 credits) is now at $3700, it means students who successfully complete an AP course might save on tuition cost between $3700 and $7400.

  • Increase the acceptance rate from Top universities/colleges: Generally speaking, getting 5 or 4 points will greatly help boosting the acceptant rate on the elite school application. On average, students applying to U.S colleges will submit three AP scores. Some applicants aiming for Top ranking college will also considering of submitting 5 AP scores.

How to Select the Right AP Classes

How to choose AP courses according to major?


students who are preparing to apply for Commerce/ Business major: AP Calculus AB and BC; AP Statistics, AP Macro/Microeconomics, etc.

 

Students who are preparing to apply for science major: AP Calculus BC; AP Physics 1/2; AP Physics C; AP Chemistry; AP Biology, etc.

 

 Students who are preparing to apply for Art major: AP US History; AP World History; AP Human Geography; AP US Politics, etc.

What Course Do We Offer?

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12

AELC- -12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Completion of Focused Literary Studies 11 or Creative Writing 11.
The AP English Literature and Composition 12 course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature from several genres and historical periods. The course is an excellent preparation for the critical thinking and writing required in all areas of post-secondary studies.

Through close reading of selected texts, students will:
• deepen their understanding of how writers use language to develop meaning and pleasure for readers
• consider a work’s themes, structure, and style, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone
• extend their ability to comprehend analyze, evaluate, compare a variety of texts
• persuade clearly, cogently, and elegantly, their interpretation of a literary work
• work collaboratively with a community of peers who have proficiency in and enthusiasm for literature

 

Students who take this course may choose to take the AP exam in May in order to receive the AP credit, and will also receive credit for English Studies 12. Success in this high-level course requires critical thinking, good work habits and a solid foundation in writing and reading. Strong essay writing skills are an asset, but these will be developed over the course of the year. Students must come with an open mind and a genuine interest in learning, but there is no minimum average mark required for registration.


Students who achieve a 4 or 5 in this course's AP Exam will be eligible for advanced credit in First Year English at many colleges and universities.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


AP CALCULUS 12 AB
ACAL-12

Prerequisites Required: Pre-Calculus 11 with a minimum grade of 86%, Pre-Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 86% (Or to be taken concurrently if you are in your Grade 12 year)
A supplemental AP application form and a recommendation from your Pre-Calculus teacher is required.


AP Calculus AB consists of a full high school academic year of work and is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. Students are expected to write the AP Calculus AB exam and it is highly recommended that those wishing to take AP Calculus 12 AB be very strong in Mathematics. Those who are taking Pre-Calculus 12 concurrently must have a strong understanding of trigonometry and logarithms. Priority will be given to those who have taken a full year of Pre-Calculus 11.


Most of the year will be devoted to differential and integral calculus. Topics include: Functions, Graphs, and Limits, Concept of Derivatives, Derivatives at a Point, Derivative as a function, Second Derivatives, Applications of Derivatives, Computation of Derivatives, Interpretations and Properties of Definite Integrals, Application of Integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Techniques of Antidifferentiation, Applications of Antidifferentiation, and Numerical Approximations to Definite Integrals. A graphing calculator is required.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


BIOLOGY 11 PRE AP
MBI- -11ENR
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10. This course is similar to an enriched Biology 11 curriculum; however, it will take a more laboratory intensive, inquiry-based study of how living organisms evolve and interact with their environment.

This course is designed for students planning to enter AP Biology 12 and write the AP Biology exam. It is strongly recommended that Chemistry 11 precede or be taken concurrently with Biology 11 Pre-AP. Biology AP is divided into four Big Ideas and seven Scientific Practices. This course will cover two Big Ideas and start developing students’ Scientific Practices. Topics used to cover these ideas include: Evolution, Immunology, Cell Systems, Ecology, Plant and Animal Systems.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


AP BIOLOGY 12
ABIO-12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Biology 11 Pre-AP. 

This course is the continuation of Biology 11 Pre AP and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from Biology 11 Honors. It is strongly recommended that student complete Chemistry 11 preceding this course. Students are expected to write the AP Biology exam. This course will explore the final two Big Ideas and offer students more time to use their Scientific Practices. Topics used to cover this material include Biochemistry, Gene Regulation, Ecology, Mendelian Genetics, Mitosis and Meiosis, and the Endocrine and Nervous System. AP Biology 12 students write the AP Biology exam in May.
 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


CHEMISTRY 11 PRE AP
MCH- -11ENR
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10.

This course is similar to an enriched Chemistry 11 curriculum; however, it will take a more laboratory intensive, inquiry-based study of how the macroscale (the scale at which they observe phenomena) to the nanoscale (the scale at which atoms and molecules interact). Students demonstrate that they have made these connections symbolically, graphically, and mathematically throughout the year. This course is designed for students planning to enter AP Chemistry 12 and write the AP Chemistry exam. The concepts are organized around chemical principles called big ideas that include the following topics: Atoms, Reactions and Stoichiometry, Chemical Energy and Thermodynamics, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Gases and Intermolecular Forces.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


AP CHEMISTRY 12
ACHE-12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Chemistry 11 Pre AP, Application Form Submitted

This course is the continuation of Chemistry 11 Pre AP and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from Chemistry 11 Pre-AP. Students are expected to write the AP Chemistry exam. AP Chemistry students will write the AP Chemistry exam in May. The primary goal of AP Chemistry is for students to connect the macroscale (the scale at which they observe phenomena) to the nanoscale (the scale at which atoms and molecules interact). Students demonstrate that they have made these connections symbolically, graphically, and mathematically throughout the year.


The concepts covered include: Kinetics, General and Solubility Equilibria, Acid-Base Equilibria, and Reactions Involving Electron Transfer.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


AP PHYSICS 1
APHH-11
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Science 10, Pre-Calculus 11, Application Form Submitted

It is recommended that Pre-Calculus 11 precede or be taken concurrently with AP Physics 1. The student should also be competent in math and physics at the grade 10 level. This is a mathematically intensive course, to develop the student’s understanding of the physical world through lectured discussions, and inquiry-based activities. Students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and apply these skills to solving physics problems in one and two-dimensions.
This course includes: Newtonian Mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, equilibrium, rotational motion), Work, Energy, Power, Mechanical Waves and Sound, Simple Circuitry
Students write the AP Physics 1 exam in May. Upon successful completion of the course they will continue with AP Physics 2 the year after.

 

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


AP PHYSICS 2
APHH-12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: AP Physics 1

Recommended: Pre-Calculus 12 (To be taken concurrently)
This course is the continuation of AP Physics 1 and students are expected to know the curriculum and laboratory experiments from AP Physics 1. This is a mathematically intensive course to develop the student’s understanding of the physical world through lectured discussion and inquiring based-activities. Students develop critical thinking skills and apply these skills to solving problems in two and three-dimensions.


This course includes: Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, Electrostatics and Circuits with Capacitors, Electromagnetism, Optics, Quantum, Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
AP Physics 2 students write the AP Physics 2 exam in May.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate


AP ECONOMICS-MICROECONOMICS 12
AMI- -12 Pre-Requisite Course Required: none

Microeconomics will focus on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

 

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 12
AHG- -12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: Socials 11

By understanding how human population has changed over time, students can better understand the reasons for and effects of current geographic patterns in population. Study of population theories, models, and problems will show students the widespread effect that human population growth and decline has on people throughout world. The course will take the student through an understanding of global patterns in population concerns including in-migration, outmigration, city growth and population density. Human geography looks at the factors that influence human settlement patterns including language, culture, ethnicity, and other factors. The course will also examine the factors that contribute to the development of a country’s infrastructure. This will include an analysis of the United Nations standards for development and human rights and concerns. Political geography will be discussed and analyzed in the context of human conflict.

*All courses require a minimum number of 4 students to operate

What AP Can Help You?

  Build skills and confidence.

  • AP students learn essential time management, critical thinking, and study skills needed for university and career success.

  • They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

  • Studying a subject in depth could give you new insights and even put you on the path to a career.

  • Get familiar with university-level course work—and boost your confidence by tackling it.

 

  Get into university.

  • “AP” on your high school transcript shows universities you're motivated to succeed, and taking the exam demonstrates your commitment to tackle and complete higher-level work.

  • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.

  • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.

 

  Succeed in university.

  • Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for university than students who don’t take AP, regardless of their exam score. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in university, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years.

  • Time management, critical thinking, scholarly writing—AP courses and exams help you hone the skills you’ll need in post-secondary and career.

  • Earning university credit with AP can give you the flexibility to change majors, pursue a second degree, study abroad, or seek internships.

  • Research shows that students who receive a score of 2 on their AP Exams are ready for university work.

  • Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in university and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.

 

  Save time and money in university.

  • Your AP score could earn you credits before you even set foot on campus. In fact, most AP students who enroll in four-year university programs start with some credit.

  • Earning credit or placement can open up time on your schedule or even let you graduate early.

  • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a university degree on time. This means they avoid paying for a fifth year of tuition.

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