A number of years ago, an examination of AP vs. IB (Advanced Placement vs. International Baccalaureate) programs was conducted to ascertain which of the two would be the best choice for Crescent School students. After a thorough review by all stakeholders, a decision was made to become an AP affiliated school for the reason that the AP program was in line with, and supported, the School’s philosophy and pedagogy.
That is, AP courses offer Crescent students flexibility, and an occasion to have educational plans tailored to the learning strengths of each boy. Students may embark upon a full AP program, may choose a few courses, one course, or none.
By offering AP courses, Crescent is giving its students the opportunity to study at the highest level, and in a global arena. The AP examinations are set and marked externally so students (and universities) can see how each student scores in comparison to their peers from around the world.
In 2011/2012, Crescent’s scores were the highest for the School in the last five years, and well above the provincial and global results in comparison. In their AP exams, 90 per cent of our students scored a 3 or higher (scale is 1-5), while only 78.9 per cent of Ontario students scored this well, and globally, 61.5 per cent.
Students who successfully complete AP courses can earn university credits or placement into their second year of university in that subject (a score of 3 is considered to be equivalent to a B in the corresponding course given at university). With the exception of math, Crescent students have the flexibility of waiting until Grade 11 to make a decision on whether or not to enroll in AP courses.
For more information on how Canadian universities transfer AP credits, go to www.ap.ca.
Students can write as many as 13 AP exams, as well as taking these formalized AP courses at Crescent:
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- English Literature
- Physics B
- Human Geography