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Advanced Placement @ Central Memorial

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program® fosters excellence in student achievement. Students who take AP® are challenged to think for themselves and to engage the world critically and analytically in and outside of the classroom. The AP® Program prepares students for future success. Students can earn advanced credit or advanced standing at thousands of colleges and universities on the basis of their AP® achievements.
Central Memorial High School offers internationally recognized advanced placement programs for students who excel in academics and the arts. Students may choose to take one or several advanced placement courses depending on their interests and talents. These programs provide students with opportunities to work on university level courses in high school.

The Advanced Placement Advantage:

  • By participating in an AP course, students enter a world of intense discussion and thought.  AP courses give students the intellectual responsibility to think for themselves and to learn to reason, analyze, and understand.
  • AP allows students to undertake college level academic learning and advance into second year college or university courses that traditionally have a much smaller enrollment.
  • Upon successful completion of an AP course, students are eligible to receive university credit and/or advanced placement at over 4000 colleges and universities worldwide.
  • Research shows that AP students are more likely to graduate from university with a double major and are twice as likely to pursue a PH.D., or studies in medicine or law.

Program Flexibility:

  • Students may choose to take one AP course, several courses, or a full AP Program.
  • Academic timetables can be tailored according to individual abilities, interests, and extra-curricular time commitments.
  • There is no cost to the student for AP core subjects.  There can be some costs associated with AP programs such as Studio Art and there is a cost to take the AP exams.

From the moment you enter the AP® classroom, you will know you are about to experience a unique learning opportunity. You will notice the teacher’s approach to the subject, the attitude of your classmates and the way you will start to think. AP® courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you will need to be successful in post-secondary education; such as sharpened problem solving skills, enhanced time management and study habits.
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Central Memorial Suite of AP Offerings:

Not all AP courses may fit into a student’s timetable. Scheduling and course selection support is available through our Guidance Counselors in Student Services or through our AP Coordinator.
All courses are dependent on scheduling availability and sufficient enrollment. Each course is offered in one semester and is worth 5 credits unless otherwise specified.

Most Common Choices:





English Literature & Composition


English 10-1 (Pre-AP)

English 20-1 (Pre-AP)


English 30-1/ AP English Literature & Composition 35  (8 Credits)

European History


Social 10-1 (Pre-AP)

Social 20-1 / AP European History 35
(8 Credits)







Psychology 20
(General & Personal) (6 Credits)


Psychology 30/AP Psychology 35
(Experimental & Abnormal) (6 Credits)

Calculus AB




Math 10C (Pre-AP)

Math 20-1 (Pre-AP)


Math 30-1(Pre-AP)

Math 31/AP Math 35
(8 Credits)



Science 10 (Pre-AP)

Biology 20 (Pre-AP)


Biology 30 (Pre-AP)


AP Biology 35
(3 Credits)



Science 10 (Pre-AP)


Chemistry 20 (Pre-AP)


Chemistry 30 (Pre-AP)


AP Chemistry 35
(3 Credits)

Environmental Science


Science 10 (Pre-AP) &
Math 10C

Biology 20 (Pre-AP) OR Chemistry 20 (Pre-AP)


AP Environmental Science 35


Music Theory


ARTS – Completion of the pathway will prepare students to write the AP Exam or submit a Portfolio


PVA Musicianship 15

PVA Musicianship 25


PVA Musicianship 35

Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art:
3-D Design


PVA Art 10/15
(Full Year – 10 Credits)

PVA Art 20/25
(Full Year – 10 Credits)



PVA Art 30/35
(Full Year – 10 Credits)


AP Capstone



Humanities 10 (Pre AP)

English 20-1 (Pre-AP) OR
Social 20-1 (Pre-AP)
AP Seminar – Full Year 10 Credits


AP Research – Full Year – Credits vary

*The preferred pathway is through Science 10 (Pre-AP) but students may start in Biology 20 (Pre-AP) and Chemistry 20 (Pre-AP) with a sufficient mark in a regular Science 10 class (70% or better, 80% preferred but not required)
**Central Memorial High School is currently the ONLY school in Calgary authorized to offer AP Capstone.

Additional Course Offerings:

  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • French Language & Culture
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics

AP Capstone

AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program that helps you stand out in the college admission process by developing the critical skills needed to succeed in college and in life. Two new courses — AP® Seminar and AP Research — allow you to immerse yourself in topics that matter to you while developing the analytic, research, problem-solving, and communication skills that colleges seek in their applicants. This challenging program helps you deepen your passion for learning, gives you greater confidence in your academic skills, and provides a broader perspective on your world.

AP Capstone Course Implementation:

Grade 10          Humanities (English & Social) 10-1 (Pre-AP) – 10 Credits Full Year

Students are first introduced to AP Seminar methodology in their Grade 10 Humanities (Pre-AP) Course. Students learn the essential skillsets necessary for the Grade 11 AP Seminar course. These are integrated into the program of study for English and Social 10-1 (Pre-AP).

Grade 11          English or Social 20-1 (Pre-AP) & AP Seminar – 10 Credits Full Year

Students are enrolled in English or Social 20-1 (Pre-AP) and AP Seminar. It is a full year course worth 10 credits.
Students develop and strengthen their analytic and inquiry skills, exploring deeply topics and issues chosen by themselves and/or the teacher. They will learn to consider an issue from multiple perspectives, evaluate the strength of an argument, and make logical, fact-based decisions. For example, they might explore the question of whether national security is more important than a citizen’s right to privacy, or whether genetic engineering is beneficial to society.

During the course, students complete a team project, an individual paper and presentation, and take a written end-of-course exam. Their AP Seminar Exam score will be based on all three assessments using the usual 1–5 AP scoring scale.

Grade 12          AP Research    Offered Outside of the regular timetable – Full Year (Credits Vary)

Students complete an independent research project on a topic of interest to them. For example, students can dig deeper into a topic studied in an AP course or work across academic areas on an interdisciplinary topic or study a new area of interest, perhaps one they would like to study in university.  At the end of the research project, students submit an academic thesis paper of about 5,000 words, present their findings, and orally defend their work. The student’s AP Research score will be based on their paper, the presentation, and the oral defense, using the 1–5 AP scoring scale.

AP Capstone Diploma & Certificate

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Alternatively, the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™, signifying attainment of college-level academic and research skills, is awarded for scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams only.