VICTORIA, BC, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - St. Michaels University School
(SMUS) has been ranked the number-one school in Canada for "equity and
excellence" in the College Board's Advanced Placement® (AP) program.
The AP program offers high school students college-level courses and
examinations, providing credits and placement in courses with
pre-requisites at many post-secondary institutions.
SMUS ranked first among nearly 600 Canadian schools in the "equity and
excellence" category, which measures both student access to the AP
program and the exam results they achieve. Worldwide, SMUS ranks in the top 60 of 18,000 schools that offer the Advanced Placement program. The rankings are made by the College Board, the not-for-profit
organization that administers the AP program with schools, colleges and
"We are extraordinarily proud of the 'equity and excellence' ranking not
only because it reflects another impressive performance by our
students, but also because it shows we are achieving our goal of
encouraging as many students as possible to participate in the AP
program," said SMUS Head of School Bob Snowden. "Every year more than
200 of our students challenge themselves with AP courses and exams.
That is phenomenal for a school our size and this ranking confirms that
SMUS is by far the leading AP program among Canadian schools."
"SMUS pioneered AP in Canada as the first Canadian school to offer the
program in 1978, and we have found that the AP program is the best
possible fit for our academic focus," said Snowden. "It offers students
flexibility and choice in creating a program of study that reflects
their passions, and it's widely accepted in colleges and universities
across North America as well as internationally. Because we expect all
of our students to apply to universities both within and outside of
Canada, we have made it an academic priority to have a strong AP
SMUS is the second largest AP school in Canada in terms of the number of
exams taken. In the last school year, 133 out of 136 students in the graduating class took at least one AP
exam. In addition, 98 SMUS students achieved "AP Scholar" status including 24 National AP
Scholars, the most prestigious title awarded by the College Board to Canadian
students. SMUS offers 27 Advanced Placement courses, including Human
Geography, Psychology, Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, Calculus and
"The success of our students in the AP program is a tribute to their
talent and hard work, and confirms the value of integrating the AP
program into our overall academic approach," said Snowden.
"Encouraging and enabling our students to set their sights high and
seek advanced placement in colleges and universities is part of our
commitment to seek the excellence in all of us and provide outstanding
preparation for higher learning and for life."
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SOURCE: St. Michaels University School (SMUS)
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