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‘Student Voice’ the catalyst for a new program at Assumption College School and St. John's College

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that in response to the needs of senior students, and in support of the Board’s strategic plan, Assumption College School and St. John’s College will be offering the international Advanced Placement program starting in September 2014. An Advanced Placement program course is a college or university level class in a wide variety of subjects that students can take while still in high school. Not only are students challenged with the course work, but they can earn a university or college credit from post-secondary institutions across Canada and the United States.

The Catholic Board has a successful track record of offering ‘reach ahead’ credits for Grade 8 students where they are able to take Grade 9 and 10 courses in advance. “Ontario students have a voice in their learning and this is what our students told us they need” said Superintendent Jamie McKinnon. “Assumption College staff did an exceptional job investigating the requirements and applying to the Advanced Placement College Board to become a recognized secondary school of the program.” St. John’s College followed suit and have recently been recognized as a secondary school that can offer Advanced Placement courses. “These new opportunities will influence the future of our secondary schools and will increase academic opportunities for our students. We are here to prepare our students for future success and this program will be influential for many of them.”

Advanced Placement courses offered include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. As the program grows each year, more courses will be added. “Giving our students an edge while supporting their success is important to our students and their families,” says McKinnon. “We are only part of their academic journey, but it is essential that we help prepare them for a lifetime of success.”

For more information about the Advanced Placement program, contact your local Catholic secondary school guidance department or main office.

Background information from AP Canada (

  • All Ontario universities now acknowledge and grant University credits for successful AP high school credits.

  • Students can now indicate their AP status on the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) application form.

  • Universities in more than 60 countries outside of Canada recognize AP Exam scores in the admission process and for credit and advanced placement.


For more information about this media release contact:
Jamie McKinnon, Superintendent | Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board | | 519-756-6505 Ext. 232

For more information about the Advanced Placement Program at your Catholic high school contact:
Assumption College School,  519-751-2030
St. John’s College School, 519-759-2318

For more information about the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board contact:
Tracey Austin, Manager of Communications and Community Relations,  519-756-6369 ext. 234