Catholic board launches AP Program in Keswick

Students interested in earning university credits while still in high school are invited to attend an open house to learn more about a new Advanced Placement (AP) Program at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School in Keswick.

The internationally-recognized program challenges students with an extended and enriched curriculum that allows them to earn credits or advanced standing at most universities.

Students take specific Pre-AP courses in Grades 9 and 10 to prepare for Grade 11 and 12 AP courses, which include content taught in first-year university classes. Students can earn university credits upon successful completion of a standardized AP exam.

The AP Program at Our Lady of the Lake will be phased in over four years so it will be available for Grade 9 students in the 2019-2020 school year, for Grades 9 and 10 students in the 2020-2021 school year and so on. The York Catholic District School Board already offers the AP Program at six of its 15 high schools. This is the first in the Town of Georgina.

Our Lady of the Lake serves students in Grades 7 to 12. Grades 7 and 8 programs are designed to foster student engagement and academic achievement and feature a mentorship program that helps them feel included and respected by their older peers. As students enter Grades 9, they’re already well adjusted to the school and can focus on further developing their leadership and academic skills, the school board reports.

Grade 8 students interested in the AP Program are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the school at 186 Glenwoods Ave., Keswick. Grades 6 and 7 students are also invited to attend. Application packages will be available and attendees can tour the school and ask questions.

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