Advanced Placement (AP)
AP Course Selections provide information to help students select appropriate courses for Advanced Placement, these are typically geared to college preparatory work.
The Advanced Placement Biology course will cover the set curriculum as described by the College Board. Students study molecules and cells, heredity, evolution, organisms, and populations. This course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. This course will meet every day terms 1 and 2 and every other day terms 3 and 4. This course is designed for the mature and serious science student who has successfully completed Biology and Chemistry. Successful completion of this course will qualify a student to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May for possible credit and/or adequately prepare a student for further college studies. For a non-science major, this may qualify as your only required science course in college.
Advanced Placement Calculus covers the College Board requirements in preparation for the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Topics are typical to those offered in a first semester college course. Pre-calculus mathematics is reinforced. Limit theory, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and integration are studied in relation to their applications in science and mathematics. Broad concepts are emphasized using multiple representations. A graphing calculator is required for this class. Upon completion of the class, students have the opportunity to take the AP Exam for possible college credit.
The Advanced Placement Chemistry course will cover the set curriculum as described by the College Board. Students study matter, bonding, acid-base reactions, red-ox reactions, and electrochemistry. This course will meet every day terms 1 and 2 and every other day terms 3 and 4. This course is designed for the mature and serious science student who has successfully completed Chemistry. Successful completion of this course will qualify a student to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May for possible credit and/or adequately prepare a student for further college studies. For a non-science major, this may qualify as your only required science course in college. For engineers, this course can take the place of ALL college chemistry.
AP English Language & Composition
This course is equivalent to the Freshman English 101 rhetoric and writing class required by most universities. The goal of this class is to help students develop their skills in the reading and writing of diverse types of texts for a variety of academic purposes. Students read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of fiction and nonfiction prose selections, deepening their awareness of how authors use the English language to create unique literature and develop individual styles. Course readings will focus primarily on selections from American Literature with brief forays into British and World literature. In addition, the course intends to foster the student’s development as a successful writer of nonfiction prose.
AP English Literature
This is an AP course in literature with an emphasis on British Literature. Students will read three novels over the summer and several novels, plays, and poetry during the semester. Discussions and written responses to these works are stressed. Consistent improvements in sentence structure, word choice, and vocabulary are expected. Weekly AP tests are given to prepare students for the AP exam. Application of the techniques of study and analysis are a significant part of becoming cognizant of the ability level required for students to be successful. To prepare for the AP literature test, we will cover a number of works. Over the summer you will be required to read and annotate several novels.
AP Environmental Science
The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course will cover the set curriculum as described by the College Board. Students study scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will identify and analyze environmental problems – both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternate solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. This course will meet every day terms 1 and 2 and every other day terms 3 and 4. This course is designed for the mature and serious science student who has successfully completed Biology and Chemistry. Successful completion of this course will qualify a student to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May for possible credit and/or adequately prepare a student for further college studies. For a non-science major, this may qualify as your only required science course in college.
AP History Course
Objectives - Students will:
- Develop an appreciation for the study of history.
- Demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology.
- Use historical data to support an argument or position.
- Interpret and apply data from original documents, cartoons, graphs, letters, etc.
- Use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast.
- Collaborate with others to produce products and solve problems.
- Develop a better understanding of present-day United States.
- Prepare for the Advanced Placement Exam.
AP Music Theory
The course will examine the fundamentals of music and musical structure through many different techniques including written analysis, listening, composing, ear training, singing, and playing. The course will also introduce students to music technology through the use of computer software, recording equipment, and sound reproduction equipment. Students will be prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam at the end of the course.
The Advanced Placement Physics course will cover the set curriculum of an algebra-based physics as described by the College Board. Students study mechanics, electricity, waves, fluids and thermodynamics. This course is designed for the mature and serious science student who has complete Algebra II with an A or B+. Successful completion of this course will qualify a student to take the Advanced Placement Physics B Exam in May. Excellent scores on this test may allow the pre-med majors to get credit for their physics requirement in colleges. This course will give engineering majors a strong foundation for the calculus-based physics they will encounter in college. This course meets every day for Terms 1 and 2 and every other day terms 3 and 4.
This course will introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of individuals and groups. Students will become familiar with the principles and phenomena associated with major subfields of psychology. Students will also learn how scientific methodology is utilized in applied psychology and will learn to hone critical thinking skills. The primary goal of this course is for all students to attain an understanding of the principles of psychology equivalent to that obtained in a college-level introductory psychology course, and to develop a genuine enthusiasm for and mastery of at least one of the subfields of psychology. Additionally, it should provide students with the necessary tools to take the A.P. Psychology exam.
Students who are enrolled or who will be enrolled in AP Psychology for the 2018-2019 school year, can click here for your summer assignment.
AP Spanish LanguageAP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop their proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students who enroll should already have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples and should have attained a reasonable proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
AP Spanish Literature and CultureAP Spanish Literature and Culture is the second Spanish course in the AP catalog. The class uses a thematic approach to teach students about the literature of Peninsular Spanish, Latin America, and the Hispanic communities of the United States. Students utilize critical reading, analytical writing, and speaking skills to examine literature and its context within time and place. This class will expose students to a rigorous course and prepare them to take the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Test.
AP Studio Art
During this rigorous year long class, students will work toward the completion of a twenty four piece portfolio. Each portfolio will focus on three equally valued components: quality, concentration and breadth. Utilizing each students declared focus in 2D design, 3D design, or drawing, the class will seek to encourage the creative and systematic investigation of issues both formal and conceptual, while continuing to develop technical skills. Additionally, the goal of the AP studio art class is to encourage students to become independent thinkers who can contribute both critically and inventively to their culture through the process of creating art. Mandatory summer assignments will be integral to each student’s success.
AP U.S. Government
This course explores the principles, philosophies, practices, and institutions that comprise the United States system of government. Lessons explore the founding of the United States, the motivation and goals of political documents (such as the Bill of Rights and Constitution), and historical debates and issues that have had substantial effects on U.S. politics. This course makes extensive use of historical examples to explore these topics. Readings in primary sources, interpretive articles, and other materials will supplement the text. Significant writing will be required as part of the curriculum. Higher order thinking skills and activities will be stressed throughout the course. This course is a preparatory tool for the Advanced Placement test.