Advanced Placement (AP), Unique & Dual-Credit Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) is one high school route for university preparation, providing enriched and challenging academic courses that parallel and expand on the material covered in Alberta Education curricula. These courses are designed to help develop good academic habits, analytical reasoning skills and disciplined study.  AP provides the flexibility to take one or more courses depending on your interests.  Successful completion of AP examinations can lead to obtaining credit for some first year university courses.  In addition to the AP exams, you are still required to write the Alberta Diploma Examinations in January or June.  Students must purchase any required AP materials and pay a fee to write each AP exam in May.  For more information on AP courses and university credits visit:

Recommended Sequence for AP/Dual-Credit Courses


Art 30AP

This is a semester based course that is designed to enhance the Art 30 curriculum and allow students to investigate the materials, processes, ideas and skills that artists and designers utilize daily in their work. The AP Art and Design program includes three different courses and portfolio exams, students can choose to take one or more in discussion with their Art teacher. A portfolio of work will need to be curated and submitted to the AP board to produce an AP score for the program. Prerequisite: Art 20 with teacher recommendation


English 20/30/35AP 

This enriched program covers the Alberta Program of Studies for English 20-1 and 30-1, as well as additional outcomes from the AP English Literature & Composition curriculum. Students will learn to understand and evaluate works of fiction, poetry and drama from various periods and cultures. There is both an essay/written component and comprehension component to the AP exam.  Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1 with teacher recommendation. 


Math 30-1/31 AP

This full-year course covers the Alberta Program of Studies for Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 31 and the Calculus-AB AP curriculum. The Calculus-AB AP curriculum is designed to explore the concepts, methods and applications of differential and integral calculus. Students will work to understand the theoretical basis and solve problems by applying knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: Math 20-1 and teacher recommendation.

Math 31/265

Students wishing to explore a calculus based Mathematics course at the university level can apply to do so in June based on their successful completion of Mathematics 31. Math 265 is a program requirement at the U of C for many faculties; including Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience, Economics as well as many others. Prerequisite: Math 31 and teacher recommendation.


Biology 20/30/35AP

This full-year course covers the Alberta Program of Studies for Biology 20, Biology 30 and the content from the Biology AP curriculum. Specifically, the Biology AP curriculum encompasses four big ideas; Evolution, Energetics, Information Storage and Transmission, and Systems Interactions.  There is a significant emphasis on lab skills, inquiry, and high learning in all content areas. Prerequisite:  Science 10, Math 10C and teacher recommendation


Chemistry 20/30/35AP

This full-year course encompasses the Alberta Program of Studies for Chemistry 20, Chemistry 30 as well as the Chemistry AP curriculum.  The Chemistry AP course framework includes two essential components; science practices and course content.  The science practices describe what a student should be able to do while exploring course concepts.  Specifically, the course content encompasses four big ideas; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity, Structure and Properties, Transformations, and Energy. Prerequisite:  Science 10, Math 10C and teacher recommendation


Physics 20/30/35AP

This full-year course covers the Alberta Program of Studies for Physics 20, Physics 30 and the content from the Physics 1 AP curriculum. Specifically, students taking this course will cover topics in Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and Atomic & Nuclear Physics. Prerequisite:  Science 10, Math 10C and teacher recommendation


Psychology 203

This course has a focus on issues that arise in everyday life and will demonstrate some of the ways in which Psychology can be of use to students in their personal and professional lives. Students wishing to explore this course can apply to do so in June based on their successful completion of Psychology 20/30. Prerequisite: Psychology 20/30 and teacher recommendation


Social Studies 20-1/30-1 AP

This enriched program covers the Alberta Program of Studies for Social Studies 20-1 and 30-1, as well as additional outcomes from the AP European History curriculum. Students will study the cultural, economic, political and social developments that have shaped Europe from 1450 to the present. Additionally, students will analyze texts, visual sources and other historical evidence, and write essays expressing historical arguments.  Prerequisite: Social Studies 10-1 with teacher recommendation. 


Spanish L&C 30AP

AP Spanish Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level post-secondary course in Spanish. Students acquire understanding of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, writing and reading. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. Students will explore concepts such as family and community, personal and public identities, contemporary life and global challenges. This course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.  Students who wish to take this course must have completed and excelled at the Spanish Language and Culture 20, or completed Spanish Language Arts 10 or 20. Prerequisite: Spanish 20 or Spanish Language Arts 10 with teacher recommendation


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​​Advanced Placement Program at the CBE

The CBE offers alternative programs of academic excellence and rigour, including Advanced Placement (AP). Students who take AP® can earn advanced credit or advanced standing at thousands of colleges and universities on the basis of their AP® achievements.

You can look on the CBE website for more information on the AP program, including registration information.​​​

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