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Advanced Placement and Enrichment programs at St. Mary’s High School challenge motivated and high-achieving students to pursue their love of learning and emphasize a commitment to academic excellence. 

The long term goal is to sharpen thinking and communications skills so that students are prepared for university. A secondary goal is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exams that take place in the spring of their grade 12 year, which provides them with an opportunity to earn first year university equivalency credits.

Grade 9
English (Pre-AP) ENG1DP
Students in this course will meet the same curriculum expectations and cover the same workload as students in ENG 1DI. This course is designed for independent learners who are highly motivated in the area communications, including reading, writing, oral communications and media studies. Some course content will be studied at a deeper level to enhance critical thinking skills in preparation for university.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in English exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Pre-AP English Referral Form from the school website, have their current English teacher fill it out, and submit it to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: ENG1DI - English (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Core French (Pre-AP) FSF1DP
This enrichment course in French emphasizes the analytical reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes using francophone culture, technology and focusing on oral communication targeting the correct and effective use of spoken and written language.
COURSE NOTE: A Pre-AP French student must be self-motivated, confident in the language and ready for new learning opportunities and challenges.
It is recommended that students have an 80% average in grade 8 French. Referral from your grade 8 teacher is recommended.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: FSF1DI - Core French (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Grade 10
English (Pre-AP) ENG2DP
Students in this course will meet the same curriculum expectations and cover the same workload as students in ENG 2DI. This course is designed for independent learners who are highly motivated in the area communications, including reading, writing, oral communications and media studies. Some course content will be studied at a deeper level to enhance critical thinking skills in preparation for university.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in English exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Pre-AP English Referral Form from the school website, have their current English teacher fill it out, and submit it to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ENG1DI - English (Academic) or ENG1DP - English (Pre-AP) or ENG1PI - English (Applied) or ENG1PE - English (Empower Reading) or ESLEOI - ESL Level 5 - Bridge to English
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: ENG2DI - English (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Core French (Pre-AP) FSF2DP
This enrichment course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about personally relevant, familiar, and academic topics in real-life situations with increasing independence. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in guided and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will continue to develop their language knowledge and skills through the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will continue to develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.
COURSE NOTE: A Pre-AP French student must be self-motivated, confident in the language and ready for new learning opportunities and challenges.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FSF1DI - Core French (Academic) or FSF1DP - Core French (Pre-AP) or FSF1PI - Core French (Applied)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: FSF2DI - Core French (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Principles of Mathematics (Enriched) MPM2DP
This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in Math and Science exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Student Application for Enriched Programmes Form from the school website and submit the completed form to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: MPM1DI - Principles of Mathematics (Academic)
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SNC2DP - Science (Enriched)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: MPM2DI - Principles of Mathematics (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Science (Enriched) SNC2DP
This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in Math and Science exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Student Application for Enriched Programmes Form from the school website and submit the completed form to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1DI - Science (Academic)
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take MPM2DP - Principles of Mathematics (Enriched)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SNC2DI - Science (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Grade 11
English (Pre-AP) ENG3UP
Students in this course will meet the same curriculum expectations and cover the same workload as students in ENG 3UI. This course is designed for independent learners who are highly motivated in the area communications, including reading, writing, oral communications and media studies. Some course content will be studied at a deeper level to enhance critical thinking skills in preparation for university.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in English exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Pre-AP English Referral Form from the school website, have their current English teacher fill it out, and submit it to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ENG2DI - English (Academic) or ENG2DP - English (Pre-AP)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: ENG3UE - eLearn - English is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
ENG3UI - English (University) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
NBE3UI - English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices (University) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Core French (Pre-AP) FSF3UP
This enrichment course offers students extended opportunities to speak and interact in real-life situations in French with greater independence. Students will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and exploring a variety of oral and written texts. They will continue to broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities and to develop the skills necessary for life-long language learning.
COURSE NOTE: A Pre-AP French student must be self-motivated, confident in the language and ready for new learning opportunities and challenges.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: FSF2DI - Core French (Academic) or FSF2DP - Core French (Pre-AP)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: FSF3UI - Core French is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation (Enriched) MCR3UP
This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in Math exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Student Application for Enriched Programmes Form from the school website and submit the completed form to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: MPM2DI - Principles of Mathematics (Academic) or MPM2DP - Principles of Mathematics (Enriched)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: MCR3UI - Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Grade 12
Analyzing Current Economic Issues (University Dual Credit) CIA4UI
This course examines current national and global economic trends and policies from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the impact of choices that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in responding to local, national, and global economic issues such as globalization and global economic inequalities, trade agreements, national debt, taxation, social spending, and consumer debt. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, including economic models, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, current economic issues and to help them make reasoned economic decisions.
COURSE NOTE: DUAL CREDIT COURSE - Students may earn a Wilfred Laurier University Economics transfer credit in EC120 (Introduction to Microeconomics). Talk to your Business teacher for more information.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Any University or College/University level course in English, Religion, History, Geography, Law or Social Studies.
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: CIA4UE - eLearn - Analysing Current Economic Issues is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
English (Pre-AP) ENG4UP
Students in this course will meet the same curriculum expectations and cover the same workload as students in ENG 4UI. This course is designed for independent learners who are highly motivated in the area communications, including reading, writing, oral communications and media studies. Some course content will be studied at a deeper level to enhance critical thinking skills in preparation for university.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average in English exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Students should download a Pre-AP English Referral Form from the school website, have their current English teacher fill it out, and submit it to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ENG3UI - English (University) or ENG3UP - English (Pre-AP)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: ENG4UE - eLearn - English (University) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
ENG4UI - English (University) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Advanced Placement Mathematics of Data Management MDM4UP
This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

If there is sufficient student interest, the St. Mary's math department will be offering a double credit in Calculus (MCV4U) and Data Management (MDM4U) with preparation time given to an Advanced Placement examination. This double credit opportunity should be considered an enrichment opportunity and of interest to students pursuing math related university studies. Students interested in this 2 credit package will complete an independent assignment for Data Management (statistics) during the summer of 2012. The Ontario Curriculum for MCV4U will be taught first semester, 2012 and be completed at the end of semester 1 of next school year. Second semester will be the combined curriculum of Ontario's MDM 4U (Probabilty and Probability Distributions) as well as time given in preparation for an Advanced Placement Calculus A/B exam in May, 2013. It is necessary that students have access to a computer with MS Excel as well as the internet during the summer of 2012.
COURSE NOTE: Students are encouraged to download a Student Application for Enriched Programmes Form from the school website and submit the completed form to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take MCV4UP - Advanced Placement Calculus
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: MDM4UI - Mathematics of Data Management, Grade 12, University Preparation is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Earth and Space Science (University Dual Credit) SES4UI
This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyse techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
COURSE NOTE: DUAL CREDIT COURSE - Students may earn a University of Waterloo science transfer credit. Please check with Science teachers or Guidance for more information.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DP - Science (Enriched) or SNC2DI - Science (Academic)
Studies in Literature - World Classics (Advanced Placement) ETS4UP
This exciting enrichment course, certified by the American Advanced Placement College Board, is a first univeristy equivalency course that focuses on classics in western literature. Students will focus on themes, genres, and time periods. Literature will include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations, Aristophane's Lysistrata, and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Students will analyze a range of forms and stylistic elements in literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project that will encourage an investigation of their own culture's literary heritage. Enrichment activities will include theatre, opera and film nights which will connect the literature studies with other art forms. Note: this course will meet in the spring semester and directly prepare students for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam that is written in May. Students in either the Pre-Advanced Placement or regular university English stream are welcome to take this course.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ENG3UI - English (University) or ENG3UP - English (Pre-AP)
Core French (Advanced Placement) FSF4UP
This enrichment course in French, certified by the American Advancement Placement College Board, is a first year university equivalency course that focuses on oral communication through a variety of authentic learning activities. Students will study contemporary works of literature, will use technology to enhance their comprehension skills and take an in-depth look at francophone culture around the globe. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be greatly emphasized throughout the course.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: FSF3UI - Core French or FSF3UP - Core French (Pre-AP)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: FSF4UI - Core French is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Advanced Placement Calculus MCV4UP
This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

If there is sufficient student interest, the St. Mary's math department will be offering a double credit in Calculus (MCV4U) and Data Management (MDM4U) with preparation time given to an Advanced Placement examination. This double credit opportunity should be considered an enrichment opportunity and of interest to students pursuing math related university studies. Students interested in this 2 credit package will complete an independent assignment for Data Management (statistics) during the summer of 2012. The Ontario Curriculum for MCV4U will be taught first semester, 2012 and be completed at the end of semester 1 of next school year. Second semester will be the combined curriculum of Ontario's MDM 4U (Probabilty and Probability Distributions) as well as time given in preparation for an Advanced Placement Calculus A/B exam in May, 2013. It is necessary that students have access to a computer with MS Excel as well as the internet during the summer of 2012.
COURSE NOTE: Students are encouraged to download a Student Application for Enriched Programmes Form from the school website and submit the completed form to guidance.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Preparation, must be taken prior to or concurrently with Calculus and Vectors.
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take MDM4UP - Advanced Placement Mathematics of Data Management
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: MCV4UI - Calculus and Vectors is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.