Advanced Placement

Get Ahead with AP Courses at Lisgar

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High school students across the country and around the world take AP courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. Lisgar offers 11 advanced placement courses, some of which last the duration of the school year and some a single semester. AP can give you:

  • A Head Start in High School: Get a taste of college-level work while developing the academic skills you’ll need for college success. You might even discover your career path.
  • An Edge in College: Your AP Exam scores can earn you college credit before you set foot on campus—and let you skip introductory college courses.


In addition to the eight AP courses offered, Lisgar Collegiate Institute is also offering the AP Capstone Program comprised of AP Seminar and AP Research courses.  Lisgar Collegiate is the only school in Ottawa and one of 27 schools in Canada to offer this unique program. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides you with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful university completion.

AP Capstone students are also eligible to earn the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma. At Lisgar we have a very strong, successful AP program that we continue to build upon each year. The International Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows you to earn equivalent credits for first-year courses at many universities in Canada, the United States, and several other countries. Unlike the International Baccalaureate Program, you are free to pick only the AP courses that interest you. For a complete list of Lisgar’s AP courses, check out the ‘Courses’ page. 

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Quick Facts

AP Exams Assess Knowledge and Skills Learned in the Course

  • Each AP course concludes with an AP Exam. These assessments are designed by the same expert committee that designed the course. 
  • The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 by college and university professors and experienced AP teachers. Many U.S. colleges offer credit for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP Exams are administered at authorized schools and test centers. Most high schools that offer AP courses choose to administer AP Exams to their own students as well as external AP students. Schools that opt not to administer AP Exams can refer students to another AP testing location.

AP Exams Assess Knowledge and Skills Learned in the Course

  • All students who are willing and academically prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses.
  • Certain AP courses have prerequisites. Check the ‘Courses’ page to see this information.
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