Strathcona School only Canadian school chosen to pilot innovative program

Strathcona School has been selected by the College Board and Cambridge International Examinations as one of 20 schools in the world, and the only school in Canada, to pilot the new AP® | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential program. This program will help students develop stronger backgrounds in independent research, collaborative teamwork, and 21st-century knowledge and skills needed for success on university campuses and in today’s global marketplace.

The College Board, founder of the Advanced Placement (AP) program, has partnered with the University of Cambridge in England to develop this new program for AP students completing three or more AP exams and an interdisciplinary capping project based on independent research. The program is currently being developed by educators at Cambridge, the College Board, and high schools throughout the world over the next three years.

According to Trevor Packer, the Senior Vice-President of Advanced Placement, Strathcona was selected from over 18,000 schools worldwide based on the academic success of their program. The school has one of the largest AP programs in Canada, but also one of the most successful. In fact, over the past 11 years, 100 out of Alberta’s total 224 National AP scholars have been Strathcona graduates.

Strathcona’s AP Curriculum Co-ordinator, Greg Henkelman, adds that: “Graduates who have taken AP classes in high school often return to thank their teachers for the preparation the program has given them for post-secondary success.”

The program is set to begin this fall.