Albert College offers a diverse academic program. The curriculum exceeds the standards set by the Ontario curriculum and is delivered by passionate teachers equipped with specialist qualifications and Master's degrees. Through extensive counselling and full-year academic-level courses, we strive to develop an academic program suited to each student, one that will challenge and enable students to achieve ambitious post-secondary goals. Please be sure to read more about the Albert Senior School program in our Life at Albert section under the other four ‘A’s: Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure.
Please find Albert College's Academic Course Calendar for the 2017-18 school year here:
Advanced Placement (AP) better prepares students for university. They are given the opportunity to focus on areas of study that most interest them. Familiarity with university-level material eases the transition to post-secondary education. Advanced Placement preparation is offered as enrichment to the standard secondary school curriculum. Students are instructed and/or guided throughout the year to prepare for the AP external exams written in May each year. The curriculum and exams are prepared by the College Board. The exams are marked by the ETS (Educational Testing Service). Students who excel may receive credit or advanced standing in corresponding courses at many universities in Canada and the U.S. In fact, post-secondary institutions in over 30 countries recognize AP in their admissions processes.
Please view the AP Canada website to view which Canadian Universities accept AP exam credits. The offering of AP courses varies each year depending on student interest. Please refer to the course calendar (above) for further information.
The Advisor System pairs each student with an advisor. This faculty member acts as the primary contact person for parents and that student. In addition to regular daily contact, advisors will meet with their advisees when one-on-one counselling is required. With post-secondary goals in mind, advisors encourage and facilitate each student’s path to success.
Post-Graduate (PG) Year
Why is a Post-Graduate (PG) year offered At Albert College? The Ontario curriculum is designed so that students complete their diploma requirements in four years. While this may be the route many students choose, some may find that four years limits their secondary school experience and so they may be better suited to completing a fifth or PG year.
Why would I choose to do a Post-Graduate year?
Broadening Course Choices and University Options
A Post-Graduate year will allow you to take a broader range of courses. If you are not sure of your career direction, you can take courses in several different streams if you have more time to complete your diploma requirements.
Albert College promotes a well-rounded education that includes Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure. A Post-Graduate year will allow you to explore one or more of these areas in depth as you complete your academic courses. You may also want to participate in academic enrichment such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the Post-Graduate year will facilitate this choice.
English Language Development
If English is your second language, you may need a longer period of time to develop your communication skills. With greater demands being placed on ESL students in terms of university admissions, a Post-Graduate year will give you the time and possibly a lighter course load to become competent in your use of the English language.
What should I do if I am considering a Post-Graduate year?
If you are considering applying to Albert College and are interested in the Post-Graduate year, please contact the Director of Admission for more information.