Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute is an AP school

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a collaborative effort between motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed high schools.  It allows millions of students in more than 16 000 high schools world-wide, the opportunity to study university level curriculum and possibly earn advanced-standing for university courses before completing high school.  Students participating in the Advanced Placement’s enriched curriculum, statistically experience higher success at post-secondary programs.

In grade 12, AP courses will be offered in first semester due to the writing of AP exams in May.  Exams are graded in the United States under stringent guidelines and students who choose to write an AP exam must pay a fee of approximately $95.00.

The AP program is excellent preparation for continued success in post-secondary studies and ensures a smooth transition to university course work.

For more information about the AP program please contact:

Ms. E. Alton – AP Coordinator 

705-324-3556 ext 37015

or e-mail:

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Advanced Placement

What is AP?

The AP Program is recognized and respected world wide: 

Most colleges and universities in the U.S., as well as colleges and universities in 28 other countries, have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both on the basis of their AP Exam grades. Many of these institutions grant up to a full year of college or university credit to students who earn a sufficient number of qualifying AP grades.

In 2012, close to 17,000 Canadian students took an AP exam.

AP is grounded in a sound educational philosophy:

Strengthening secondary schools is one of the best ways to improve a nation’s overall education.

AP courses give high school students the opportunity to participate in classes that are invariably more rigorous and in-depth than most other high school offerings.

To participate in an AP class is to enter a world of intense discussion and thought, a class where students are given the intellectual responsibility to think for themselves and to learn to reason, analyze, and understand.

To promote this philosophy, the College Board established the AP Program in 1955, as a cooperative endeavour between high schools, colleges and universities.

The AP Program offers FLEXIBILITY for individual needs in program planning:

Students may choose to take one AP course, several courses, or all of the AP courses offered at LCVI. Choose enriched/Advanced Placement in your strongest subject area.

Academic timetables can be tailored according to individual abilities, interests, and extra-curricular time commitments.

Students experience a rigorous, university level curriculum and have the chance to earn credit, placement, or both for university.

AP students have the necessary skills and knowledge not only to gain entrance into the faculty of their choice at university, but also to excel in earning their degree:

The academic rigor required in AP courses prepares students exceptionally well for the challenges of university.

AP students develop improved study habits and time management skills.

Research shows that AP students are more likely to graduate from university with a double major and are twice as likely to pursue a PhD., or studies in medicine or law.

AP courses are designed to challenge, stimulate and engage students with a keen interest and ability in a number of subject areas. 

AP Studio Art l.c.v.i. postcard

The LCVI Arts department is very excited about the Advanced Placement initiative as it offers students a whole new and wide range of choices as they prepare for post-secondary education. The program is designed to be one where the students can benefit from AP in two ways. The first emphasis will see students create a portfolio of works aimed directly at their post-secondary art-related school, which will significantly increase the probability of being admitted. Secondly, they could receive a university-level credit for their work here at LCVI. Both objectives will be met through an enriched curriculum, which starts at the Grade 9 level.

The program will be structured as follows: early enriched training in the principles and elements of design in a foundation course in Grade 9, followed by a personal theme of choice in grade 11 where half of the works are started and then completed in grade 12 AP by completing all works related to the three cornerstones of AP Studio Art; Quality, Breadth and Concentration. Students may specialize starting in the Grade 11AP course in a two-dimensional design portfolio, a three-dimensional design one or a drawing emphasis. Thus, a portfolio could be aimed at careers in Graphic Art, Interior Design, Architecture, Advertising or a Fine Arts related path. This is the diversity that students need and can benefit from.

Currently, two of the instructors specifically trained in AP, are both practicing artists and have specialized training at the graduate level in studio art. We believe in the Vertical Team approach to teaching where a planned program of skills and concepts are taught to students over a period of four years and not as isolated courses.

AP Biology/ Science 

Students considering AP Biology must be prepared to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills in order to meet the demands of this program. Advanced Placement students will be challenged with courses that are designed to present curriculum that is equivalent to first year university Biology. Combined with this material are the topics required to complete the Ontario curriculum requirements. AP Biology focuses on bridging concepts to develop an understanding of scientific processes. The course includes a series of laboratory activities designed to target the process and inquiry skills essential in university courses. Students who successfully complete the AP curriculum and pass the Biology AP Exam with a designated standing may qualify for first year university Biology credits.

Students interested in pursuing AP Biology should register in Science 1DP, Science 2DP and Biology SBI 3UP. These courses will be taught as pre-AP courses, designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement course offered in Grade 12 Biology.

Students enrolled in Science 1DP will complete all the necessary curriculum requirements to receive their grade nine academic science credit. Students will also be working with microscopes in order to refine their skills and view cells successfully at the microscopic level. In addition, students will conduct in-depth studies of :

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells with particular focus on subcellular organization and the cell cycle

Structure and Function of DNA and the role mutation plays in disease

Reproduction, growth and development of plants and animals

AP Mathematics/ Calculus

Students will enrol in MPM 1DP, MPM 2DP, and MCR 3UP. These 3 courses will cover all of the grade 9, 10, 11, and 12 advanced functions content but in a different order and at a faster pace.

In grade 12, students will enrol in MVF 4UP in the first semester. This course is equivalent to a first semester university Calculus course. Upon completion students are prepared to write the AP Calculus  Exam. Major topics in the course will include limits, derivatives, integrals, differential equations and applications.

Students who take AP Calculus will be very well prepared for any university Calculus course.

AP English

Students of Advanced Placement English at LCVI will explore language and literature through a variety of mediums with a focus on critical thinking, discussion/ debate, and writing (creative and argumentation). The goal is to prepare the student for the AP exam by enriching the academic English course. Students will be challenged and rewarded, in the opportunities provided by, and the demands of, the curriculum, and their peers. In a stimulating environment, through the study of classical and contemporary literature, poetry, plays, and non-fiction, students will become divergent thinkers, analytical readers, skilled and confident writers, with formal oral and written communication skills.

The AP Student is self-motivated and demonstrates initiative, and the desire for academic standing. 

The Advanced Placement Program at LCVI

Students can choose to take one course at the Advanced Placement level, all of the AP courses offered, or any number in-between. The Advanced Placement Program allows students the flexibility to study in the areas where they excel.

Grade 9—Enriched: Art, English, French, Mathematics and Science

Grade 10—Enriched:Art, English, French, Mathematics and Science

Grade 11—Pre-Advanced Placement:  Studio Art, Biology, Functions and Relations, English

Grade 12—Advanced Placement: Studio Art, Biology, Advanced Functions, English

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