Advanced Placement

Courses

  • AP American History

    This course provides the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and content of American historic development. Higher order thinking skills such as evaluating, analyzing, and problem solving will be emphasized. The content includes the development of American culture and institutions, as well as ideals and characteristics, the socio-economic, political forces, and compromises that formed the changing interpretations of the Constitution and individual rights, sectionalism as a change force, the relationship between technological change and societal reaction, the changing American lifestyles; changes in foreign policy, the capitalistic free-enterprise economic system, and the future of our nation based on current trends. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Art 2-D

    This Advanced Placement course is intended to address a very broad interpretation of issues in two-dimensional (2-D) design. This type of design involves purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. It is for the advanced student who wishes to seek AP credit through submitting a Portfolio of work for consideration by the College Board. In order to meet the portfolio requirements for this class a commitment on the part of the student to spend extensive time outside the regular school day is necessary. Students are required to take the AP exam. Supplies $75.00. Summer assignments are required.

  • AP Art 3-D

    This Advanced Placement course is intended to address a broad interpretation of sculptural issues in three-dimensional (3-D) design. Such elements and concepts may be articulated through additive, subtractive, and/or fabrication processes. It is for the advanced student seeking AP credit through submitting a Portfolio of work for consideration by the College Board. To meet the requirements the student must be committed to spend extensive time outside the regular school day. Students are required to take the AP exam. Supplies $75.00. Summer assignments are required.

  • AP Art History

    The purpose of this course is to investigate the aesthetic content and historical context of images, icons, monuments, and shelter through analysis and written response about works of art from early times through contemporary art forms. A thematic approach enables students to compare and contrast works of various artists, periods, and styles. Non-Western Art, Sculpture, and Architectural forms are also examined for subject matter, function, purpose, and artist intent.

  • AP Art Portfolio

    This Advanced Placement course is intended to give the advanced student the opportunity to develop quality, concentration, discipline, and breadth in drawing while showing the development of skills in the perceptual and conceptual aspects of drawing. It is for the advanced student seeking AP credit by submitting a portfolio of work for consideration by the College Board. To meet the requirements the student must commit to spend extensive time outside the regular school day. Students are required to take the AP exam. Supplies $75.00. Summer assignments are required.

  • AP Biology

    This college level course seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college biology courses. The content includes molecular and cellular biology, organismal, and populational biology. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety. Preserved animal studies may be a part of this course. Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college level academic work, including many extensive research reading and writing assignments. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Calculus

    This course offers students college-level mathematics under the guidelines of the Advanced Placement program. The focus is on preparation for the calculus level AP Test given by the College Examination Board in May. This is a rigorous and challenging college level course. Study will begin by reviewing function definitions, absolute value, and elementary functions from prerequisites. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Chemistry

    This college-level course in chemistry seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college chemistry courses. The content includes the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety. All students are required to take the AP Exam.

  • AP Comparative Government & Politics

    In this course students gain knowledge of the world’s diverse political structures and practices through the study of government and politics in China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and developing nations. Emphasis is placed on general concepts used to interpret key political relationships found in almost all national politics. Students are required to take the AP Exam.

  • AP Computer Science

    This course places emphasis on structured and logical design of computer programs. Topics include design and implementation of algorithms that lead to computer programs for solution of problems in areas such as controls, file manipulation, and applications of data structures. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Environmental Science

    The purpose of this course is to study the interaction of man with the environment. The content includes scientific analysis, fundamental principles and concepts about the interdependence of earth’s systems, population dynamics, environmental quality, global changes and their consequences. Laboratory investigation of selected topics include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety. Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college level academic work, including many extensive research reading and writing assignments. AP Environmental Science is a college level course. It is taught at the college level. It is a rigorous and demanding course that requires students to devote time, dedication, and extensive daily reading. Students taking this course must be disciplined academically, and must be able and willing to conduct field experiments. All students are required to take the AP Exam.

  • AP French

    This course develops oral and written fluency in the language. The content will include but not limited to that determined by the Advanced Placement Program guidelines. After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to comprehend spoken French; read with understanding current newspaper and magazine articles and modern French literature; compose expository passages in French; and express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP German
    This course develops oral and written fluency in the language. The content includes the requirements of the Advanced Placement Program guidelines. After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to comprehend spoken German; read with understanding current newspapers and magazine articles; and express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. Students are required to take the AP exam.
  • AP Human Geography

    This course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alterations of the earth’s surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students are required to take the AP exam. This course is the recommended first course in the Advanced Placement Social Studies sequence.

  • AP Language & Composition

    The Advanced Placement course in English Language and Composition is a college-level study of language and writing. Students study rhetoric in a variety of genres to analyze how authors use language. The course emphasizes nonfiction and argumentative writing as preparation for taking the national Advanced Placement exam, which many colleges use to award college credits. Mature writing skills are necessary for success in this course. Students are required to take the AP exam.
  • AP Latin

    This course develops proficiency in reading, comprehending and appreciating the writings of Vergil. Concentration is on selected lines of the Aeneid. Students become familiar with all twelve books of the Aeneid. The specific requirements include those of the Advanced Placement Program guidelines for Latin. Some summer work is required. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Literature & Composition

    The Advanced Placement course in Literature and Composition is a college-level study of literature and writing. Through reader response, class discussion, and application of rhetorical modes, students learn how to analyze poetry, prose, fiction, and non-fiction. Through speaking, listening, and reading, but chiefly through the experiences of their own writing, students should become more aware of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Micro/Macroeconomics

    Advanced Placement courses require students to perform college-level academics, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. This course provides the opportunity to analyze functioning of the economy as a whole, including total output and income, level of employment, the level of prices, and the determinants of aggregate supply and demand. Specific content includes an understanding of fundamental economic concepts including scarcity, opportunity costs and trade-offs, productivity, economic systems and institutions, exchange, money, and global interdependence. Students are required to take the AP exam

  • AP Music Theory

    This course contains the study of fundamental terminology, notational skills, key signatures, and transposition. Two-part counterpoint, harmonization of melodies and four-part realization of figured bass symbols will be studied. Extensive melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic ear-training will be included. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Physics

    This college-level course in physics seeks to prepare students for credit and/or appropriate placement in college physics courses. The content includes kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, work energy, power, systems of particles, statics, rotational motion, oscillations, gravitation, electric current and circuits, capacitance and capacitators, magnetostatics, and electromagnetism. Laboratory investigations of selected topics include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

  • AP Psychology

    Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. This course provides a systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists used in their science and practice. The content should include, but not be limited to the following: methods, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, stated on consciousness, learning cognition, motivation emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Spanish

    This course develops oral and written fluency in the language. The content includes the requirements of the Advanced Placement program guidelines. Work assigned over the summer is required. Students are expected to memorize vocabulary and to do daily homework. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP Statistics

    The purpose of this course is to offer students college-level mathematics under the guideline of the Advanced Placement program. The focus is on preparation for the statistics test given by the College Examination Board. Topics of study will include exploring data, using measurement in planning a study, producing models using probability and simulation to anticipate patterns, and statistical interference. Credit in this course precludes credit in Probability and Statistics with Applications and Using Probability and Statistics. Students are required to take the AP exam.

  • AP U.S. Government & Politics

    Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. The purpose of this course is to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality. Specific content to be covered will include an understanding of federalism and the separation of powers, the development of the constitution, the process of politics, the nature of public opinion, the role of political parties and interest groups, the major formal and informal institutional arrangement of powers, and the development of civil liberties and civil rights. Students are required to take the AP Exam.

  • AP World History

    This course will provide students with an understanding of the major developments of civilization in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Six overarching themes will be followed: the patterns and impacts of interaction among societies, the relationship of change and continuity across the historical periods, the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, systems of social structure among societies, cultural and intellectual developments, and changes in function and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities, including emergence of the nation-state. Students are required to take the AP exam.