AP Summer Prep Program

Make your AP chemistry course come alive this summer with some of the top young minds from around the world through U of T Engineering Academy.


The University of Toronto Engineering Academy creates an inclusive community of learning where students are challenged to reach their full potential, putting them on an academic path towards admission to the world’s most selective schools of engineering, which require two years of secondary school preparation in Math, Chemistry and Physics.

This program is not a camp or a casual summer activity. This is an opportunity for motivated high school students to engage with STEM in the lecture halls and labs of Canada’s leading engineering school. Through a rigorous combination of classroom, and off campus learning, students will prepare themselves for AP* credit courses while spending the summer in the world-class city of Toronto.

U of T Engineering Academy is open to students currently in grade 10 (2016-2017 school year).


U of T Engineering Academy instructors are certified teachers in Ontario. They have been selected for their experience with Advanced Placement curriculum, demonstrated passion for teaching, and advanced subject matter expertise.

Course Outline

This course prepares students for AP Chemistry* through an overview of the structure of matter, bonding and intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. Students will further develop their laboratory skills as they conduct inquiry-based lab investigations. Lastly, students will learn strategies to be successful in future chemistry assessments and examinations.


All program participants will stay in St. Hilda’s residence at Trinity College, just a short walk from U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, where classes will be held. The residence program is a great opportunity to explore Toronto and gain some insight into what university life is really like!

Students will check in on Sunday, July 30, 2017 between noon and 8pm. An optional greeting and transportation service is available for a fee to facilitate arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Students will check out on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Students must vacate their rooms by 10am, but may stay in the residence building until 2pm.

Residence Life Staff provide guidance and support for all students in residence. There is one staff member living in residence for every eight students. In addition, (Assistant) Residence Life Coordinators oversee all residence-related matters.

Students will live in private and shared rooms with access to a student lounge and bathrooms. Each room has a bed, chest of drawers, mirror, desk and chair and bookcase. A key is required to open both the door to the building and your residence room door. Laundry facilities are available on-site.


Tuition for the three-week course is $2960 CAD. The tuition fee includes all academic classes, course materials and program support.

All participants are required to stay in residence for the duration of the program. The cost for the residence program is $2550 CAD which includes twenty nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch on weekends, supervision and enrichment activities.

The total cost for the program including tuition and accommodation is $5510 CAD.

How To Apply

To apply for the AP Chemistry Summer Prep Program, you will require the following:

  • Check that you meet the academic prerequisites:
  • Current 10th grade student (2016/2017 school year)
  • Minimum B average in 10th grade science/chemistry
  • A strong commitment to learning and an interest in research

We require one written recommendation from a high school teacher. Please provide us with your teacher’s email address for their online academic reference. They will receive an email with instructions.

A major credit card is needed to process the $50 CAD application fee.

Once you have ensure that you have met the minimum prerequisites, please proceed with the completion of the four steps of the application process.

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Part 1 – Student Information

This section asks for student contact information and educational background. Please have your most recent math and science grades/scores available.

Part 2 – Parent/Guardian Information

Contact information for one parent/guardian is required, a second parent/guardian may be provided. All program information will be communicated to the first parent/guardian and the student.

Part 3 – Student Profile

This section consists of three short questions (250 word maximum) designed to get to know you better. Just be honest; the admissions committee is not looking for one particular type of student.

  • Describe your favourite academic course. How it has influenced you?
  • What are your tentative aspirations and plans for the next five years?
  • Do you think leaders are born or developed? Why?

Part 4 – Documents

Upload a copy of a recent unofficial transcript or report card from the last year showing your most recent or final grades from completed or in-progress science and math courses.
You may upload one additional document to demonstrate your academic background.

If you have questions about the application process or the program: Contact Dominic Abogado at (416) 946-0816 or outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca.

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