Diploma & Scholar Criteria

Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)

The Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized certificate for students with an international outlook. The APID challenges a student to display exceptional achievement on AP exams across several disciplines and universities worldwide utilize the APID in admissions. The APID is not a substitute for a high school diploma, but rather provides additional certification of outstanding academic excellence. To earn an APID, students must earn grades of ‘3’ or higher on at least five AP exams in the required content areas. Click here to learn more about the Advanced Placement grading scale.

Students with academic strengths in specific subject areas should consider Advanced Placement programs leading to the following awards:

  • National AP Scholar (Canada)
    Awarded to students in Canada who receive an overall average of 4 or better on all exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Awarded to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Honour
    Awarded to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar
    Awarded to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

For any of the previously mentioned awards, students will need to work very closely with the guidance department and their academic advisor to ensure that they earn the necessary prerequisites for their desired program. In the case of programs requiring five AP courses, planning will need to take place in Grade 10, or earlier. In some cases, students will need to work ahead in specific subjects and take courses through the TCS Summer Academy program.