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Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is an internationally recognized program that fosters success in higher education by encouraging students to develop critical thinking skills at the highest level. 

Students pursue university level studies while still in high school by preparing for and writing exams. Successful completion of exams earns students advanced placement and/or credit in university. Exams are recognized by universities throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Thirty-four courses are offered in 19 subject areas by approximately 13,000 high schools worldwide. 

The hallmark of the program is its flexibility in that students may take the full complement of AP courses and work toward an AP International Diploma or study in their personal area of strength and aim to achieve an AP Scholar or AP National Scholar designation.

A Congregated Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a school-wide initiative requiring the support and dedication of administration and faculty. In this program, segregated Pre-AP classes begin in Grade 9 and are offered in Mathematics, Science, English, French and Social Sciences. 

This early introduction in Grades 9 and 10 encourages a focus on the development of habits of mind necessary for success in later years. Teachers are provided with intensive AP training and resources and each department forms a Vertical Team to ensure a seamless transition in curriculum from one grade to the next. 

The program follows the Ontario curriculum but is richer in depth and breadth and allows more time for enrichment activities such as contests, field trips, in-depth discussions, guest lecturers, and more varied activities. The Pre-AP Program leads to the Advanced Placement courses in Grades 11 and 12. Regular meetings of all AP teachers ensure open dialogue and consistency of expectations. 

Participation in the AP Program allows students to get a head start on the work they will encounter in university. Coursework prepares students to write the AP exams in May. Although written at their home school, exams are marked externally by qualified markers trained by the Education Testing Service. Numerous studies have demonstrated that successful completion of these exams ensures high achievement in post-secondary education.


All Toronto Catholic District School Board students may apply to the Congregated Pre-AP/AP Program at Father Henry Carr.

  • Father Henry Carr offers a full complement of Pre-AP courses beginning in grade 9.

  • Teachers prepare the students to write the international first-year university exams.

  • Students may also study independently.

  • Exams are written in May at Henry Carr and marked externally.

  • Students may write several exams to receive the AP Scholar, AP National Scholar, or AP International Diploma designation.


We are here to answer any questions you might have:

Ms. Gazzaruso
AP Program Coordinator