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AP Courses

AP Courses

 

 

VISUAL ARTS

Studio Art

Grade Level: 11th – 12th

The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students create an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolio choices: 2-D Design, 3-D Design or Drawing.

ENGLISH /LANGUAGE ARTS

English Literature/Composition

Grade Level: 12th grade Prerequisites: English 5-6

Learn to analyze and interpret imaginative literature through the careful reading and critical analysis of representative works from various genres and periods. Explore literary elements such as a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. Develop your writing skills as you express your ideas and analysis in expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.

 

English Language/Composition

Grade Level: 11th grade Prerequisites: English3-4

Learn about the elements that define effective argument and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts. Understand the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing. Enhance your own writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process as you develop expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions. 

MATHEMATICS

Calculus A/B or B/C

Grade Level: 11th – 12th Prerequisite: “C” or better in Pre-Cal

This course consists of a full year of work in calculus and related topics comparable to courses in colleges and universities.  The course includes the study of elementary functions and introductory calculus, placing primary emphasis on an intuitive understanding of the concepts of differential and integral calculus and on experience with its basic techniques and applications.

 

Statistics

Grade Level: 11th – 12th

Learn about the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills as you learn to describe data patterns and departures from patterns, plan and conduct studies, use probability and simulation to explore random phenomena, estimate population parameters, test hypotheses, and make statistical inferences.

SCIENCE

Biology

Grade Level: 10th-12th Prerequisites: Biology 1-2 with a “B” or better

Learn about the core scientific principles, theories, and processes governing living organisms, biological systems, and natural phenomena. Understand key science practices you can use to develop explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, which you will test and refine through laboratory investigations. Develop advanced reasoning and inquiry skills as you design experiments, collect and analyze data using mathematics and other methods, and interpret that data to draw conclusions.

 

Chemistry

Grade Level: 10th-12th

Learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry such as structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, reactions, and how to use chemical calculations to solve problems. Develop your ability to think clearly and express your ideas with clarity and logic, both orally and in writing. Work with classmates to conduct meaningful laboratory investigations that let you observe chemical reactions and substances, interpret your findings, and communicate your results.

 

Physics 1

Grade Level: 10th-12th

Develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry-based learning. Explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE - Spanish Language

Grade Level: 10th – 12thPrerequisite:  Spanish 5-6 or 7-8 with a “C” or better

Develop your Spanish language proficiency and your ability to understand the products, practices and perspectives of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. Use authentic materials and sources in Spanish to demonstrate your language proficiencies in multiple modes of communication, including Interpersonal Communication (two-way written interactions and conversations), Interpretive Communication, (interpretation of written, audio, and audiovisual materials), and Presentational Communication (oral and written presentations of information, opinions, and ideas).

HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCES

United States Government and Politics

Grade Level: 12th  

Study constitutional underpinnings, civil liberties and civil rights, political culture and socialization, citizen participation and influence, political institutions and policymaking that are the foundation of modern U.S. government and politics. Interpret classic and contemporary political writings and apply pertinent Supreme Court rulings to enduring social and political issues in this country.

 

Psychology

Grade Level: 10th-12th

Explore the concepts, theories, perspectives, phenomena and behaviors associated with the subfields and research areas of psychology. Analyze the methods psychologists use to study various types of behavior and mental processes and evaluate the validity and significance of their contributions.

 

United States History

Grade level: 11th and 12th (as an elective)
Learn about the developments that have shaped U.S. history though the critical analysis of historical events and materials.

Learn to weigh evidence and interpretations as you build your factual knowledge of U.S. history. Develop your ability to draw conclusions and use informed reasoning to present your arguments clearly and persuasively in essay format.

 

Modern World History

Grade Level: 10th – 12th

Explore key themes of world history, including interaction with the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Learn to apply historical thinking skills including the ability to craft arguments from evidence; describe, analyze and evaluate events from a chronological perspective; compare and contextualize historical developments; and analyze evidence, reasoning and context to construct and understand historical interpretations.

 

Human Geography

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Learn about the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Use spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences and learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

AP CAPSTONE

AP Seminar - Grade Level: 11th Examine materials like news stories, research studies, and literary works so you can craft arguments to support your point of view and communicate them effectively through the use of various media. You will be assessed through a combination of individual and team projects and presentations as well as through a written exam.

 

AP Research - Grade Level 12th While working with an expert advisor, explore an academic topic, problem, or issue that interests you and design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address it. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words and a presentation, with an oral defense; during which you will answer 3-4 questions from a panel of evaluators.

*Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ signifying their attainment of college-level academic and research skills.

*Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™.

 

Ms. Godfrey

Ms. Godfrey

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