ad·vanced place·ment

  1. the placement of a student in a high school course that offers university credit if successfully completed.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized program that allows students to enrich the Ontario Curriculum with the goal of achieving university accreditation while enrolled at Monsignor Doyle.
  • Pre-AP courses are offered in grades 9 – 11.
  • AP courses are offered in grade 12.  They are audited by the AP College Board and include writing AP exams in May.
  • Department web pages – for more subject-specific info on AP at Monsignor Doyle HS:  English  |  French 
  • AP for all students – Doyle AP Brochure (printable pdf)
  • topics and material studied in greater depth
  • enriched learning opportunities
  • thought-provoking discussion
  • interaction with other motivated learners
  • The focus is not to create more work, but a different kind of work that challenges a student’s higher order thinking skills
  • highly able learners looking to be challenged
  • students with a passion for learning
  • self-motivated learners with strong communication and analytical skills
  • Grades are only one of the many factors that help determine a student’s suitability for AP.
  • for students and parents to complete and discuss with Grade 8 teachers:

Grade 8 – Pre-Advanced Placement – Self-Assessment Form for: English & French

  • Grouping highly able learners creates an environment where students can challenge each other and thrive.
  • Students will gain a wealth of experience and critical thinking skills that will benefit them all of their lives.
  • University credits may be awarded to students who perform well on their Grade 12 AP exams.
  • Students who write the AP Exam typically achieve higher grades in university than students with similar grades in high school who did not.
  • Students are not required to take the entire Pre-AP/AP Program, and they may opt out of courses in future grades.
  • It is possible to opt into Pre-AP/AP courses in the later grades without the previous Pre-AP course; however, students would then be responsible for filling in any gaps in their learning (with the support of their teachers).
  • Students in Pre-AP/AP courses complete Ontario curriculum with appropriate extensions designed to prepare students for writing the Grade 12 AP exams.
  • AP exam results stay confidential until the student elects to release them.  Some students will opt not to write the exam

AP Pathway Chart

  • Admission to Pre-AP grade 9 courses requires Student, Parent, and Grade 8 Teacher to complete the Pre-AP Self-Assessment
  • Admission to Pre-AP/AP grade 10-12 courses requires recommendation from current subject teachers.
    All interested students must select Pre-AP courses in ***Career Cruising.
  • ***coming soon…  “My Blueprint” student web-based Individualized Pathways Planner (IPP) – replacing “Career Cruising”

Research shows that the best predictor of whether or not a student completes a university degree is not their high school grades or standardized tests. Rather, the best predictor is how many challenging courses a student has taken in high school. Students who challenge themselves with AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete a university degree in four years or less.

Click on the following link to access information about the Ontario Universities that honour AP credits.

University Admission Credit Policies

Advanced Placement (AP) is recommended for highly able learners looking to be challenged.  The student is to fill in this form in collaboration with their parents/teachers in order to determine the path and/or courses most suited for the student.

AP Self Assessment Form

The following links provide students with various academic resources and additional Advanced Placement information:

Doyle AP Brochure

The Purdue University Writing Lab

Literary Theory and Criticism

Movements and Periods in Art and Philosophy

Misc. Links