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Upper School Curriculum

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer students in Grade 11 and 12 the opportunity to undertake university-level work.

The majority of universities in Canada, the United States, and internationally recognize AP courses, and give first-year university credit to students based on AP exam results.

AP courses allow girls to explore subjects in greater depth, and prepare them for the rigours of post-secondary study.

AP Courses offered in 2023-2024:

  • 2-D Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Computer Science Principles (Grade 11)
  • Computer Science A
  • Drawing
  • English Language and Composition (Grade 11)
  • English Literature and Composition
  • French Language and Culture
  • Statistics

AP at the Castle: A balanced approach to learning

Future-Ready Competencies

Future-ready competencies refer to a set of skills and abilities that are essential for individuals to thrive in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. These competencies prepare students for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in their personal and professional lives.

Future-Ready Competencies

University of Chicago Writing Program

Our Upper School English program incorporates The Little Red Schoolhouse: University of Chicago Writing Program into the curriculum.

This program, taught to all first-year students at the University of Chicago, addresses clear writing, with the reader’s perspective in mind.  It helps students identify and tackle common writing problems, improve writing through close reading and revision and gain a more sophisticated understanding of the skill of persuasion.

Students completing the program are exceptionally well prepared for the demands of post-secondary learning.


A passion for Robotics continues into the Upper School, as team “Where’s Waldo?” takes robotics underwater through participation in Marine Aquatic Technology Education (MATE). Students use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to problem solve real-world problems related to ocean workforce needs. Entrepreneurship, critical thinking, problem solving, project planning and teamwork come to life in this innovative and exciting opportunity available to all Upper School students.

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