Advanced Placement at Balfour Collegiate

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Achieve Your Potential at Balfour Collegiate

Advanced Placement (AP) is an international enrichment program to help with post-secondary readiness of high school students. Through the AP college-level courses and exams, high school students can earn university credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admissions process and, more importantly, students can follow their passion in one or more AP subjects.  Balfour Collegiate operates on an "open access" policy meaning that any student can try AP courses.  In AP classrooms, the focus is not in memorizing facts and figures.  Instead, students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.  Balfour Collegiate offers six AP subjects: Studio Art (drawing), 2-D Art, Calculus, English Literature and Composition, and Psychology.  Additionally, students who wish to challenge the French AP exam have teacher support to do so through the regular French classes.  Students in AP study the regular Saskatchewan curricula with a focus on a more enriched academic rigor. AP is not an elitist program: AP is for all students, especially students who might be first-time college attenders in their families.  Studying at a more enriched level prepares students for college (such as at Saskatchewan Polytechnic), university, or even the world of work. 

Go ahead.  Reach higher.  Advanced Placement can impact your future and change the way you think about yourself and the world around you.  

 

Advanced Placement Course Descriptors

AP Studio Art Program

The AP Program offers three studio art courses and portfolios:  Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Drawing.  The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art.  Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.  The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios – 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing – corresponding to the most common university foundation courses.  Students may choose to submit any or all of the Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, or Three-Dimensional design portfolios.  AP Studio Art students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions. 

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC focus on students’ understanding of calculus concepts and provide experience with methods and applications.  Although computational competence is an important outcome, the main emphasis is on a multirepresentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.  The connections among these representations are important.

Teachers and students should regularly use technology to reinforce relationships among functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results.  Through the use of the unifying themes of calculus (e.g., derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modelling) the course becomes cohesive rather than a collection of unrelated topics.

AP English Literature and Composition

The AP Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory university-level literary analysis course.  The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure.  As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

 

AP Psychology

The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes.  While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behaviour, and social psychology.  Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.  

AP French Language and Culture

The AP French Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts.  The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).   

 

AP Science 10

This course is an enriched version of Science 10 (2015), adapated for the needs of students planning on pursuing Biology 30 (AP) in their grade 12 year and obtaining an AP credit in Biology.  To successfully write the AP Biology exam in the grade 12 year, students would take Science 10 AP, Local Biology 20 (AP), Health Science 20 (AP), and Biology 30 (AP).  This course sequence will cover all the core Saskatchewan curriculum material for Science 10, Health Science 20, and Biology 30, as well as the additional material present in the AP Biology curriculum.

Students intending to take all three sciences at the grade 12 level, including Biology 30 (AP), would additionally register for Physical Science 20, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30.

Topics for Science 10 (AP) include:

  • Basic descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation, standard error of the mean)*
  • Skills involved in experimental sciences
  • Kinematics in one dimension (speed, distance, time, acceleration)
  • Forces and motion
  • Chemical formulas and naming
  • Chemical reaction types, and factors that affect rates of reaction
  • Biomes*
  • Food chains, trophic levels, energy and biogeochemical cycling*
  • Population growth models and regulation*
  • Species diversity, competition, and community biodiversity*
  • Community ecology*
  • Prmary productivity*
  • Human impacts on the environment*

Topics marked with * are AP biology topics and include material that could be tested on the AP Biology exam. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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