2010 Advanced Placement Results

In May 2010, Trinity College School students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 wrote their Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. These standardized university level exams are designed and moderated by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey. The AP programme has grown substantially throughout the world and last year’s exams were written by students in over 110 countries. For each exam, students earned grades on a scale from 1 to 5, with a grade of 5 indicating that the student was “extremely well qualified” in that subject.

This year, the growth of the AP programme at TCS continues as 211 examinations were written; almost double the 109 exams completed in May 2008. Despite this increase, TCS has maintained an outstanding level of achievement as 27.5% of our students earned the top grade of 5 and over 78% of our exam candidates earned a grade of 3 (qualified) or better.

AP Scholars

Students earning at least a 3 on three different AP exams were awarded the distinction of AP Scholar. This year, 34 students, representing 23% of our graduating class earned this level of distinction. This remarkable achievement easily surpasses the School’s previous single year high of 13 AP Scholars. As well, over 48% of our graduating class earned at least one 3 or better on an AP exam during their academic careers at TCS.

A complete list of our AP Scholars is shown below. As in the past, these students’ names will appear on the AP recognition board in the main hallway on the ground floor of the Fessenden Wing.

Alexandra Bachle*
Jenny Bai
Rachel Baldwin
Matthias Breithaupt*
Elizabeth Brown*
Melody Burke
Peter Byers
Conner Charlebois*
Nick Chauvin
Chris Cho
Benjamin Crase** CNS
Monica Dhillon** CNS
Kathryn Essak
Vanessa Groening
Rachel Guichon
Patrick Han*
Donna Kim** APID, CNS
Kiki Kirkpatrick
Keira Lee*
Taylor McCurdy**
Sarah Mehta
Fernanda Munhoz
Brenna Owen
David Rizor
Calvin Shu** CNS
Jorge Luis Simelio Jurado
Corrine Song*
Alexander Stocks
Meredith Strike** CNS
Sara Tohyama
Hugh Verrier
Lynn Wang*
Dakota Wellman
Odelia Wu

* AP Scholar with Honour, ** AP Scholar with Distinction, CNS = Canadian National Scholar, APID = AP International Diploma

Additional honours

This year, an unprecedented five students achieved the honour of Canadian National Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction. Benjamin Crase, Monica Dhillon, Donna Kim, Calvin Shu and Meredith Strike all earned this extremely high level of achievement. Last year there were only 80 Canadian National Scholars in Ontario, and only 15 students have achieved this honour in TCS history. Students must earn grades of 4 or better on five different examinations, and have an overall average of at least 4 on all exams written.

Donna Kim was also awarded the AP International Diploma for earning at least a 3 on five exams in four different subject areas which include English, world languages, social sciences from a world perspective and mathematics/science. She becomes only the third student in TCS history to earn this honour.

Taylor McCurdy earned a 3 or better on all of her five exams, with an overall average of 3.5, and was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Also, Alexandra Bachle, Matthias Breithaupt, Elizabeth Brown, Conner Charlebois, Patrick Han, Keira Lee, Corrine Song and Lynn Wang earned recognition as AP Scholars with Honour by earning a grade of 3 or better on at least four examinations, as well as an overall average of 3.25 on all exams.

Our AP students and teachers are congratulated and thanked for their commitment and hard work preparing for these university level exams, as the breadth and difficulty of the AP programme extends well beyond the requirements of the Ontario curriculum.

The year ahead

This year, the AP programme at TCS continues its growth with an enrolment of over 230 students. In addition, a new course, AP Environmental Science, will be offered under the direction of teacher Steph Feddery. This exciting course complements Trinity College School’s environmental initiatives, as well as increasing our AP course offerings in the mathematics/sciences subject area to seven courses. This year also marks the return of teacher Ron Parker’s AP Music Theory course which will be studied by his advanced class of Grade 12 music students. The addition of these courses gives this year’s students the choice of over 20 different Advanced Placement courses/exams.