AP Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and Composition  (Course 137)                       

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisites:  Students participating in this course must be in good academic standing with an 85% average in the previous English Course and have a 90% attendance rate or better. 

AP English Literature and Composition studies how moral, ethical, social, and/or cultural conflicts convey human nature. Students extensively read a great variety of texts for different genres from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to contemporary literature worldwide. They are expected to study two or more novels in depth next to excerpts of prose, drama, satire, and poetry Through apt analysis and in-class discussions students become skilled in determining, interpreting, and analyzing the literary devices and techniques used by the author to convey the overall meaning of the text. The course requires numerous college-level writings in the form of analytical responses and weekly well-crafted essays, some of which will undergo numerous revisions. During the year students practice how to correctly respond to multiple-choice questions and test-taking skills for the AP exam. The course ends with the official College Board AP exam and a creative writing project which is completed soon after the exam.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition  (Course 138)              

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                        

Full Year                                                                                                                                   

Prerequisites:  Students participating in this course must be in good academic standing with an 85% average in the previous English Course and have a 90% attendance rate or better. 

AP English Language and Composition is a university-level course that focuses on prose in a variety of rhetorical contexts. Students become skilled in language as a persuasive tool and the interplay between writer, context, audience, and argument. The AP Language and Composition is a survey course where students will be exposed to a variety of thematic units related to the American Experience. Students will be asked to read and reflect upon the variety of American voices and perspectives. Each unit will contain essential non-fiction readings, while offering additional fiction, musical, film, visual art, and other cultural artifacts – all related to the unit theme. Each unit will contain a suggested paper or small project.  These assignments will usually call on the student to synthesize two or more textual sources or disciplines. The course is rigorous and students will be challenged; students read and write frequently outside of class a great deal while practicing the rhetorical skills they are learning. Students will take the AP exam in May.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB  (Course 239)          

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus Honors with a grade “B” or better or Pre-Calculus Academic with a grade “A” and permission of current mathematics teacher.   Summer homework is required and scored as a test grade.

AP Calculus AB is a college-level course in differential and integral calculus, equivalent to one semester of calculus at most colleges.  Topics include a review of functions, an introduction to limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and their applications, anti-derivatives and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and an introduction to differential equations using slope fields. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and working with functions represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics  (Course 241)               

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of  Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (with an A- or better in Algebra II College, B or better in Algebra II Honors), and teacher recommendation

AP Statistics is the equivalent of a single-semester college course in statistics (non-calculus based). Students who sign up for this course must be prepared to do an hour of homework per night. This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to accurately communicate their findings concerning statistical concepts.  These findings are centered on exploring data by using graphical and numerical descriptions to analyze any patterns (or lack of patterns); planning and executing a well-developed study; using probability to anticipate the distribution of a set of data; and determining the most appropriate model based upon statistical inference.  Along with these abilities, students will gain proficiency in terms of accurately communicating their understanding of statistical concepts throughout the course.  This includes, but is not limited to, effectively communicating how methods, results, and interpretations of data for any given experiment are valid.  They learn that the ability to write complete responses using appropriate terminology, as well as using appropriate justifications, is a critical aspect of gaining statistical proficiency.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry (Course 437)                                                   

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Algebra 2 or Precalculus and teacher recommendation

AP Chemistry imparts an in-depth understanding of chemistry fundamentals and competence in dealing with chemical problems. This course develops the chemistry student’s ability to think and to express ideas with clarity and logic. It differs from first-year chemistry in the topics covered and the emphasis placed on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. Topics covered in detail are the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Great emphasis is placed on solving chemical problems, chemical calculations, mathematical formulation of principles, and laboratory work. Students are required to spend at least 5 hours a week at home in unsupervised individual study, and participate in bimonthly lab work after school. As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Biology (Course 439)                 

Grades 10 – 11

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required. Successful completion of chemistry is also recommended

The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course. Essential goals are for students to grasp science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; acquire personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and apply biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. Primary areas of inquiry will be molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. This course includes weekly after school lab work.  As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology (Course 346)         

Recommended Grades 10 & 12 

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite for AP Psychology: C+ in Social Studies class and/or Social Studies teacher recommendation

The central question addressed in this university-level course is “how do psychologists think?”  Good psychologists are both empathetic counselors and objective scientists.  The course objective stems from this essential question and acknowledges the complicated dual role of the psychologist. AP Psychology presents the history and approaches of psychology, introduces research methods, the biological basis of behavior including genetics, sensation and perception, the nervous system, growth and development, learning, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, as well as social psychology.  Students who are enrolled in this course will take the Advanced Placement Psychology Exam in early May.  Students who receive a 4 or higher on the AP exam may receive university credit.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics (Course 343)                       

Grade 11

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: C+ in Social Studies class and/or Social Studies teacher recommendation

Do you want to become an engaged citizen? Do you want to be an informed voter in local and national elections? Be a better citizen throughout your life. AP Government and Politics is a rigorous course involving both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. Concepts are taught through teacher lectures, independent readings, research papers, PowerPoint presentations, oral reports, and instructional theories. Students successfully completing this course know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and policy, understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences, and can analyze basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics. As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade. Please note:  This course replaces Civics requirement and consequently meets the state’s mandate for high school graduation.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Art History (Course 646)                  

Grade 12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Taught as a one-period class, this course looks at the history of art from prehistoric times to the present. Although the class focuses on the Western tradition of art, the study includes comparing and contrasting the European tradition with that of the non-Western art traditions of Asia, Africa and South America. The structure of the class is a lecture model, with emphasis placed on written expression about art.  Class and individual field trips are mandatory. As in all AP classes, students and their parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP Exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.

 

AP Music Theory (Course 744)                                                 

Grades 11 or 12

Course 741 Credit                                                                                      

Full Year

Prerequisite: Two years of Music Theory OR Teacher Recommendation

AP Music Theory is offered to highly self motivated juniors and seniors who have two years of music theory background or equivalent and who may be anticipating the study of music in college. AP Music Theory offers an interesting, rigorous, and quick moving course that explores the development of 18th and 19th century harmonic practices and how those practices apply to today’s musical environments.  Students must demonstrate a high level of experience on their major instrument or voice and should have significant music reading abilities and a good understanding of the materials covered in theory 1 and 2.  Participation in classroom performances of student music is mandatory.  The annual AP examination score will appear on the student transcript and can be used to apply for course waivers when they go to college.

 

Advanced Placement Drawing Portfolio (Course 621)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of Arts Director

Required: Coordination of AP Studio Art with arts block electives, with inclusion of one semester of Drawing Intensive                                                

Taught in addition to the arts block electives, this challenging course in drawing is modeled after an entry-level college drawing course and is authorized by the College Board. The course emphasizes building observational drawing skills and stretching creative thinking. To build portfolios for both Breadth and Concentration sections, students will work in multiple thematic areas for variety and concentrate on an individually-selected drawing issue for depth. They will compile digital portfolios to be submitted to the College Board to determine eligibility for college credit and finish the year with a collaborative group project.

 

Advanced Placement 2-D Design Portfolio  (Course 637)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of Arts Director.

Required: Coordination of AP Studio Art with arts block electives

Taught in addition to the arts block electives, this challenging portfolio course is modeled after an entry-level college course in 2-D Design and is authorized by the College Board. The course focus is to build skills, stretch creative thinking and enhance student portfolios in the areas of depth in a single theme/medium and breadth in a range of media and techniques. Students will work in a variety of media, using numerous techniques, concentrating in one area for an extended period to develop depth in their portfolios. They will compile slide portfolios to be sent to the College Board to determine eligibility for college credit.

 

Advanced Placement 3-D Design Portfolio (Course 638)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of Arts Director.

Required: Coordination of AP Studio Art with arts block electives

Taught in addition to the arts block electives, this challenging portfolio course is modeled after an entry-level college course in 3-D Design and is authorized by the College Board. The course focus is to build skills, stretch creative thinking and enhance student portfolios in the areas of depth in a single theme/medium and breadth in a range of media and techniques. Students will work in a variety of media, using numerous techniques, concentrating in one area for an extended period to develop depth in their portfolios. They will compile digital portfolios to be sent to the College Board to determine eligibility for college credit and finish the year with a collaborative group project.