4350 St. Catherine St. West
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1R1
Advanced Placement Program
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Westmount High School is the first and only public school in Quebec to offer the Advanced Placement Program. Take the challenge here!
What is the program?
The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities.
What does it offer?
The Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit while they are still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board.
For more information: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com
The pre-AP math stream at Westmount High begins in Secondary 1. These students are placed through entrance examination into the pre-AP math stream (some students may be moved in or out of that group during the first few weeks). Students in pre-AP math courses are accelerated through the regular program; they complete their math requirements by the end of their Secondary 4 school year.
In Secondary 5 our AP Calculus AB course is the equivalent of a typical university-level introductory Calculus course. The goal for most students is to write the AP Calculus exam and obtain college level credits. Students’ interest, motivation, and ability are much greater factors of success than any truly “extra” amount of work or time devoted in comparison to the regular math stream. Students have math about 3 times a week and are assigned from 2 to 4 hours of homework weekly. Tests and quizzes are usually administered at one or two week intervals and are corrected and returned promptly, providing feedback and information to both students and parents
AP Comparative Government & Politics
The AP Comparative Government and Politics program is offered in conjunction with The Contemporary World course that is part of Quebec’s curriculum. Students selecting the AP option will complete a separate stream of assignments in the Contemporary World each of which is designed to prepare students to succeed on the AP Comparative Government and Politics exam. In addition students will attend lunch and after school sessions that are exclusively focused on helping students prepare for the AP Comparative Government and Politics exam.
The AP Comparative Government and Politics program introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes. Comparison assists both in identifying problems and in analyzing policymaking.
In addition to covering the major concepts that are used to organize and interpret what we know about political phenomena and relationships, the AP program focuses on six specific regions and their governments: China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. Therefore all the work done in both The Contemporary World class and in tutorials will focus on helping students develop their expertise in the government and politics of these six regions.
AP Environmental Science
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.
The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester college course to enable students to undertake a more advanced study of topics in environmental science.
AP French Language & Culture
Over the past 10 years, Westmount High School has been preparing students for the AP French Language and Culture exam. Scores of students who have taken up the AP challenge and the majority of them (over 85%) have earned scores that exempt them from one of the two compulsory French courses at the CEGEP level.
The aim of this course is to provide students a rich learning environment in which to develop their mastery of the French language and their knowledge and appreciation of francophone culture. By exploring a variety of themes and providing students with ample opportunities to improve their abilities in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational), this course aims to prepare students for success in the College Board AP French Language and Culture exam.
Students will be exposed to a rich variety of resources in a classroom environment where they can feel comfortable to practice their French. The course will provide students with a well rounded understanding of local and global francophone culture by comparing and contrasting examples from France, Quebec and francophone nations in the developing world.
AP Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. Through the examination of key studies and psychologists that have shaped the field, students get to explore topics such as:
- History and Approaches
- Research Methods
- Biological Bases of Behaviour
- Sensation and Perception
- States of Consciousness
- Motivation and Emotion
- Developmental Psychology
- Testing and Individual Differences
- Abnormal Behavior
- Treatment of Abnormal Behaviour
- Social Psychology
Students who take this course are provided with a valuable learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses. Qualified students who wish to earn college credit are encouraged to write the AP exam at the end of the year.
AP English Literature and Composition
The AP Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.
The course will include intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Seven or eight novels and/or plays will be read and analyzed over the course of the school year. Writing instruction will include attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent and persuasive language. The AP English Literature exam is written in early May and students who earn a score of 3, 4 or 5 will potentially be exempt from a first year English class in university.
Pre - AP Studio Art
Westmount High School offers organized instruction to advanced visual arts students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Unlike other courses, there is no written examination for Pre-AP Studio Art; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. Students with high-scoring portfolios can earn credits and exemptions for Cégep and University.
The pre-AP Program offers three portfolios: Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods. Each of the portfolios asks the student to demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery, a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques, and a synthesis of form, technique, and content. Portfolios are evaluated by a minimum of three and a maximum of seven artist-educators. Each of the three sections is reviewed independently based on criteria for that section, and each carries equal weight.