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AP Courses

AP Seminar

This is a foundational course, as part of the College Board’s AP Capstone program that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore academic and real-world issues and topics by analyzing differing perspectives.  This inquiry based course incorporates the reading and analysis of articles, research studies, and philosophical texts with listening and viewing of broadcasts, speeches, personal accounts and artistic performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.  The AP grade consists of two course-performance assessments, one team project and presentation and one individual research-based essay and presentation, and a 2 hour exam illustrating the skills learned throughout the year. (1 Unit)

AP Research

AP Research is an interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking and academic research skills on a topic of the student’s choosing.  This course builds on what was learned in AP Seminar to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students will design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.  (1 Unit)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

 
This course in Literature and Composition will engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Reading will be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing. (1 Unit)
 
PRE-REQUISITES: Recommendation by English teacher, approval by Department Chairperson, and summer readings.
Fee for AP Exam: $95; book purchase required.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE

 
The AP Spanish Language emphasize understanding and being understood by others. This includes Vocabulary usage, Language Control, Communication strategies, and Cultural awareness: exploration in both Contemporary and Historical context. This course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. (1 Unit)
 
PRE-REQUISITES: Spanish III, Spanish II-III Native and approval of Spanish Department.
Fee for AP Exam: $95; book purchase required.

AP Computer Science 

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing course. Students cultivate their understanding of computer science through working with data, collaborating to solve problems, and developing computer programs as they explore concepts like creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, and the global impact of computing (Collegeboard). Course is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.  (1 Unit)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS

A college level course in elementary calculus. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, and area between curves, volume of solids of revolution, separable differential equations, slope fields, and additional applications.  (1 Unit)

 

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of Calculus H and approval of the Mathematics Department.
Fee for AP Exam: $95; book purchase required.

AP Biology

The AP Biology course provides able and highly motivated students with an opportunity to pursue college-level biological studies while still in high school. There is a strong emphasis on laboratory work, essay writing, and independent learning. There is an independent research project required at the end of the year. (1 Unit)

PRE-REQUISITES: Recommendation by science teacher, completion of two pre-requisite courses, and Approval by Department.  Fee for AP Exam: $95; book purchase required ($100).

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

This course in Literature and Composition will engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Reading will be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing. (1 Unit)

 

PRE-REQUISITES: Recommendation by English teacher, approval by Department Chairperson, and summer readings.
Fee for AP Exam: $95; book purchase required.

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

The AP United States Government and Politics course is designed in scope and difficulty to mirror a college level course. The course covers the foundations of U.S. government, the role the American people play in the government process, the institutions in U.S. government and the policies they pursue, and the development of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States.  Specific focus is placed on students’ ability to use analytical skills to interpret government and politics, to utilize primary and secondary sources in their analysis, and to be able to communicate their findings effectively in both oral and written forms. AP Exam in May. (½ Unit )

PRE-REQUISITES: United States History students must have a teacher recommendation. Candidates must complete a summer assignment. Space is limited. AP Exam Fee: $95.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY

This course is comparable in scope and challenge to a college level introductory course in United States History. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography. AP exam in May and U.S. History Regents in June. (1 Unit)

PRE-REQUISITES: AP World students must have a teacher recommendation; Global History II students must have a teacher recommendation. Candidates must complete a summer assignment. Space is limited. AP Exam Fee: $95; book purchase required.

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