All UTS courses are challenging in their own right with a rigorous curriculum and enriching opportunities and experiences above and beyond the standard at Ontario high schools. But students who are ready for an even greater challenge may be eligible for Advanced Placement® (AP) courses. UTS offers a full range of AP courses, the AP Capstone™ Diploma and the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
UTS provides students who choose to tackle high-performance AP courses the opportunity for a well-rounded, transformative education.
At UTS, students take ten courses instead of eight each year, the typical number in Ontario high schools. The UTS science and math program is accelerated throughout the Foundation and Middle years. This allows students to spread out their AP courses over their two senior years, rather than completing all of their STEM AP courses in one year. This also creates room in their class schedules to round out their education with art, language, social science and music courses.
AP courses at UTS benefit from
U of T connections
The AP Program at UTS gives students the chance to tap into University of Toronto research and connections, through our U of T Affiliation and partnerships. Some UTS students even publish their AP Research findings externally in journals such as the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine and the STEM Fellowship Journal.
The pace of AP courses is even more intense than our regular classes, and they lead to AP exams in May, administered externally by the College Board®.
The Seminar and Research Certificates recognize the work that students do in developing research, analysis, writing and presentation skills.
The AP Capstone Diploma recognizes students who complete their Seminar and Research courses as well as four other AP courses and associated AP Exams with a score of three or higher.
The two core AP Capstone™ and Certificate courses at UTS are:
UTS students who take two to three AP courses in each of their S5 and S6 (Grade 11 and 12) years tend to gain the most from the AP Program.
It’s quality, not quantity, that counts. The College Board does not recommend students take AP Exams or courses before Grade 11 or 12.