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Advanced Placement AP

RBSS Honours and Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The Honours and AP Program at Robert Bateman are designed to enrich the education of students and challenge them to seek knowledge and understanding beyond the parameters of the regular curriculum.  Admission to the Honours and AP Program is by teacher recommendation.  AP courses allow engaged students to begin their college studies while still in secondary school.  The AP program of university-level work offered to secondary students prepares them for AP examination each year in May.   On the basis of these examinations students may earn university credit.   Honours and AP courses are for students willing to apply their inquisitiveness, ability and persistence.  Highly motivated students excel in Honours and AP; however, the program also attracts hard working students who may not achieve top academic grades.

We believe that the following describe the attributes of an Honours/ AP student:

Hard Workers

Students are committed to taking ownership of their learning and persevering despite obstacles and challenges.


Students develop their natural curiosity.  They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.  They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


Students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in various forms of communication.  They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, to make reasoned, ethical decisions.


 Frequently Asked Questions:

1.          Q.  What is the difference between an Honours class and a Pre-AP class?

             A.  A Pre-AP class is an Honours class but in a subject area where the end result is taking the AP (Advanced Placement) class in Grade 12 and trying to obtain university credit. An Honours class is offered in a subject area where there is no AP class offered in Grade 12. Currently, English, European History, Chemistry and Biology offer AP courses at Bateman.

2.           Q.   Will Honours appear on my B.C. Education Transcript?

              A. They will only note if the student has taken an AP class in their Grade 12 year,  regardless of whether he or she passed the AP exam or not. If he or she  passed the AP exam, most universities will grant first year credit for the class passed.  

4.           Q.   Is Honours/Pre-AP marked more difficultly?

              A.  No. Teachers use the same rubrics or marking scales as the regular grade level class.

5.           Q.   Why take Honours/Pre-AP then?

              A. They are enriched classes for students who love the subject area or enjoy learning, in general.  Students meet the requirements of the RBSS Honours/AP Profile. In addition, Honours classes will also teach them skills that can help make them successful post-secondary students. The classes are enriched in a variety of ways, including different material, activities, projects, and fieldtrips.  Honours students are often able to learn the regular curriculum at a faster pace than occurs in regular classes, allowing time for more in-depth analysis of curricular content.

6.           Q.   Can only “A” students take Honours/Pre-AP classes?

              A.   No, all students are welcome to apply for an Honours class. The most successful students are hardworking, organized, mature, motivated, and positive about their learning experience. They meet the criteria of the RBSS Honours/AP Profile.

7.           Q.    How does my child enroll in an Honours/Pre-AP class?

              A. If not currently enrolled in the Honours/Pre-AP stream, students may fill out a recommendation form that will require their current subject teacher's         signature as well as information about previous courses taken in the subject area.  A parent's signature is also required. These forms can be found in the counselling center.


What is Advanced Placement?
The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. AP, which was developed by the U.S. College Board in 1955, offers students the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school. Students earning a 4 or 5 on the AP exam can earn either university or advanced placement credit.

What are the advantages of AP?

You choose!
Students can take one AP class or several. It's your choice!


 By taking AP courses in high school, you will experience the challenge, rigour and depth of college level courses while still in secondary school. AP courses are an impressive addition to university and scholarship applications.


You will learn what college level courses are like and develop the skills necessary to be successful in college or university.

"College entrance exams reveal that young people who take challenging classes, such as Advanced Placement courses perform better than their peers regardless of their family or financial background." Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education

University Recognition!

Students with a "qualifying grade" (3+) can earn course credit at thousands of colleges and universities worldwide.

How many colleges accept AP grades?

More than 90 percent of the colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, as well as colleges and universities in 21 other countries, have a policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam grades. The best source of specific and up-to-date information about an individual institution's policy is its calendar or website.

How far reaching is the AP community?

AP courses are offered in about 15,000 schools world-wide. Nearly 60 percent of the U.S. high schools participate in the AP Program.


The Advanced Placement Program

Did you know that...

   -A recent U.S. Department of Education study reports that participation in AP and other challenging high school courses is one of the strongest predictors of college success.

   -BC has the highest AP participation rate in Canada: over 3100 students in 141 schools in BC wrote nearly 4500 AP exams in 2002.

   -Worldwide, AP courses are offered in 14,157 schools in 80 countries.

   -90% of U.S. colleges and universities, and colleges and universities in 21 countries - including Canada, have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Examination grades.

   -A study published by the US Department of Education, Answers in the Toolbox, shows that the most powerful predictor of college graduation is the rigour of a student's high school curriculum.

   -College faculty report that the AP students are far better prepared for serious academic work.

   -By taking the appropriate 4 AP courses, students can earn the AP International Diploma.


What Options are there for AP at Robert Bateman Secondary?

Honours Courses

AP – Advanced Placement Courses

English 9, 10

AP Biology 12

Pre-AP English 11

AP Chemistry 12

Science 9, 10

AP English 12

AP Biology 11, AP Chemistry 11

AP European History 12

Social Studies 9, 10, 11

Math 9, 10

AP Biology 11 (MBI 11)

Prerequisite – teacher recommendation

AP Biology I includes selected topics from Advanced Placement Biology 12 as well as Biology 11. Topics covered will be done in greater detail than in a regular course and is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement Biology 12.


AP Biology 12 (MBI 12)

Prerequisite – AP Biology I or teacher


This course is designed to be equivalent to a first year university or college biology course. Biology 12 topics will include biochemistry, DNA and protein synthesis, cell structure and function, cell metabolism and human physiology. The AP component will include genetics, evolution, botany, ecology, cellular respiration and fermentation. Interwoven throughout the course are four recurring biological themes which provide a unifying framework for the study of biology. 

Upon receiving an acceptable score on the AP exam, a student may apply for credit and/or advanced placement at many post-secondary institutions. This course is linear; that is, it runs the entire school year on alternating days.

Chemistry 11 (MCH11) &

AP Chemistry 11

Recommended:  Overall B standing in SC10 & Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10

Co-requisite: Foundations of Math 11 or Math Pre-Calculus 11.

AP Chemistry 12
Prerequisite – AP Chemistry I or teacher Permission

AP Chemistry is geared toward highly motivated students with interests in chemical and physical sciences as well as any of the biological sciences. This rigorous course is extremely useful in preparing you for university degrees in chemistry, biology, geoscience, etc. It goes deeper into most of the topics covered in Chem 11 (atomic theory, chemical bonding, phases of matter, solutions, and types of reactions) and covers all of the Chem 12 content concepts of Reaction Kinetics, Equilibrium, Solubility, Acid-Base Theory, Electrochemistry.
This course will run all year on alternating days, and with your AP Exam score, you can apply for university credit.

AP European History 12 (8 credits)

This course is designed to be equivalent to a first year university/college history course.   It is a broad survey of the history of Europe that requires students to evaluate social, political and military historical references and contexts.  We will cover a large time period spanning the Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Revolutions, World War I, World War II and the Cold War to contemporary Europe.  The course will be enriched with field trips, guest speakers and film. If students score well on the American College Board examination in early May, most universities will provide credit for an equivalent first year history course.  This course is linear; that is, it runs the entire school year on alternating days.

For more information see these websites:


Mrs. Tara Plantinga, AP Coordinator       
(604) 864-0220

Mr. Bruce Fisher, AP Coordinator 

(604) 864-0220