Advanced Placement® (AP)

We believe in providing each and every student a personalized program designed to intellectually challenge and foster success. For students who excel in academics, languages and the arts, EM High offers internationally recognized Advanced Placement® programs. Students have the flexibility to choose one or several Advanced Placement courses depending on their interests, passions and future intentions. These programs provide students with the opportunity to work on university level courses in their high school years.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program® fosters excellence in student achievement. Students who take AP® are challenged to think for themselves and to engage the world critically and analytically in and outside of the classroom. The AP® Program prepares students for future success. Students can earn advanced credit or advanced standing at thousands of colleges and universities on the basis of their AP® achievements.

We offer internationally recognized advanced placement programs for students who excel in academics, languages and the arts. Students may choose to take one or several advanced placement courses depending on their interests and talents. These programs provide students with opportunities to work on university level courses within their grade 12 school year.

Advanced Placement advantages include: students learn at an accelerated pace with other like minded individuals; students could potentially receive university credits and early acceptance into many post secondary institutions; students are better able to think for themselves, reason, analyse, and understand more mature concepts; students are more likely to graduate from university with a double major and are twice as likely to pursue a Ph.d.

From the moment you enter the AP® classroom, you will know you are about to experience a unique learning opportunity. You will notice the teacher’s approach to the subject, the attitude of your classmates and the way you will start to think. AP® courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you will need to be successful in post secondary education; such as sharpened problem solving skills, enhanced time management and study habits.

What Is Advanced Placement?

  • Qualified, talented and dedicated teachers instruct students in various subjects at the university level while still attending high school.
  • More than 60 countries may give high school students university credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses based on their AP Exam scores. Students would skip the introductory courses and could move into upper level courses in university. 
  • Students will acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in university. These include improvement in writing skills, problem-solving abilities, time management skills, discipline, and study habits. 
  • Advanced placement provides an opportunity for rigorous, challenging and stimulating instruction prior to the university experience. 
  • Unlike other programs, students have the choice of how many AP courses they would like to enrol in. 
  • Along with the diploma exams in January and June, students will write the AP exam in the beginning of May. The AP exam is a world-wide exam that all AP students simultaneously write for a fee. 
  • Alberta has the 3rd highest number of students who write AP exams in Canada. 
  • Alberta is ranked #2 in Canada for having the highest results on the AP exam.

Why Enrol In Advanced Placement Courses?


  • Students receive credit for university courses without the university fees. 
  • Students who take AP courses have a higher GPA than those who did not take AP courses as they are more prepared for university. 
  • Students who apply to university will stand out in the admission process. 
  • Students are more likely to complete undergraduate degree in 4 years or less. 
  • Students are more likely to pursue further academia and post graduate studies.


  • Students may receive awards for taking 3 to 5 AP exams with a qualifying grade (AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honour, AP Scholar with Distinction and National AP Scholar). 
  • Students may apply for scholarships from the university they are applying to. 
  • Looks impressive on a student’s transcript and resume.

Personal Development

  • Build on critical thinking, problem design and intellectualization of content matter. 
  • Personalized approach to learning and discovering own potential. 
  • Stronger worker ethic, self-direction, motivation and world-perspective.

Course Selection Pathway

Since not all AP courses fit into a student’s timetable, support from the AP Coordinator and Guidance Counsellors are available for AP course selection choices.

Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
Science 10 Pre-APBiology 20 Pre-AP / Biology 30 AP ** (may be taken either in grade 11 or 12… recommended in grade 11)Biology 20 Pre-AP / Biology 30 AP ** (may be taken either in grade 11 or 12… recommended in grade 11)
Chemistry 20 Pre-AP (second semester in grade 10 or recommended in any semester in grade 11)Chemistry 30 / Chemistry 35 AP ** (may be taken either in grade 11 or 12… recommended in grade 12)Chemistry 30 / Chemistry 35 AP ** (may be taken either in grade 11 or 12… recommended in grade 12)
Physics 20 Pre-AP (second semester)Physics 30 / 35 AP ** (may be taken either in grade 11 or 12… recommended in grade 11)Physics 30 / 35 AP ** (may be taken either in grade 11 or 12… recommended in grade 11)
Mathematics 10 Pre-AP (Calculus)Mathematics 20-1 Pre-APMathematics 30-1 Pre-AP / Mathematics 31 AP **
English 10-1 Pre-AP (English Literature and Composition)English 20-1 Pre-APEnglish 30-1 / English Literature AP **
Social Studies 10 Pre-AP (European History)Social Studies 20-1 Pre-AP / Western World History 30AP **Social Studies 30-1 AP (second semester)
Computer Science Intro. (Computer Science A)Computer Science Pre-APComputer Science AP **
Chinese 10-6Y Pre-AP (Chinese Language & Culture)Chinese 20-6Y Pre-APChinese 30-6Y AP
General Music 10 Pre-AP (Music Theory)General Music 20 Pre-APGeneral Music 30 AP
Studio Art 10 Pre-APStudio Art 20 Pre-APStudio Art 30 Pre-AP / Studio Art 3l AP **

* The AP schedule may be subject to change due to student interest and/or low student enrollment.
** This is a full year course from September to June.

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