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The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a voluntary program that offers students an opportunity to take one or more college-level courses while still in high school.

* Improve your chances of getting into your choice college

* Obtain a clear understanding of what it takes to excel in college

* Earn college credit, placement, or both through qualifying AP Exam


AP Resources:

AP Testing     

The College Board website dedicated to providing information to prospective and current AP Students including information about course, the AP Exam and college credits.

 

AP YouTube   

The College Board YouTube channel includes videos for students that describe AP classes and videos of students describing their AP experiences.


AP Course Guidelines

* Designed for college bound students and taught at a college level

* Weighed on the 5.0 scale

* Each course curriculum is approved by the College Board

* Taught to prepare students for the AP Exam

* Following each college AP policy, students scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam could earn college course advancement or credit

* Payment for the AP exam is the responsibility of student/guardian

* Recommendation is required from a previous subject teacher

* Success in a previous same-subject class required

* In-depth study and independent work outside class is required


Advanced Placement Course Descriptions

AP Chemistry:

*Successful completion of Chemistry before taking this class is strongly recommended

*Concurrent registration in Organic Chemistry (FALL semester) is recommended

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a second year chemistry course that expands upon the topics covered in the first year course and explores advanced topics in kinetics, equilibria, and thermodynamics. Course work includes lecture, discussions, and laboratory work. Students should be skilled in compound naming, writing formulas, solving for limiting reactants, and stoichiometry prior to enrollment. This course is equivalent to the general chemistry courses required for science majors in college.

AP Physics 1:

*AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 are independent of each other

AP Physics 1 covers Newtonian mechanics (including projectile motion, torque and angular momentum), energy, power, mechanical waves (like earthquakes), and sound. It will introduce electric circuits. This course is equivalent to a first semester Algebra-based college physics course. It has a significant lab/project component.

AP Physics 2:

*Successful completion of Physics or AP Physics 1 is highly recommended     

*AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 are independent of each other

AP Physics 2 covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and  magnetism, optics, and atomic/nuclear physics. This course is equivalent to a 2nd semester Algebra-based college physics course. It has a significant lab/project component.

AP English Literature & Composition:

*Successful completion of AP English Language and Composition is recommended

*Fulfills the senior English requirement of ½ credit writing and ½ credit Literature

*See instructor for a list of required summer readings and assignments

This is a discussion based class in which students will analyze literature to determine how the literature affects its readers and in what ways. Students will “measure” literature against the history of philosophy to understand how literature fits into its own time as well as in all time. Writing well about literature is a key component of the class.  The course is equivalent to a freshman college English Literature course.

AP English Language & Composition:

*Fulfills the English 11 graduation requirement 

*See instructor for a list of required summer readings and assignments

This writing-intensive course prepares students for college-level writing and introduces American literature. Students will write for various audiences and purposes and will read both fiction and nonfiction, analyzing writers’ rhetorical styles. The course is recommended for students planning to enroll in AP Literature & Composition senior year, and passing the AP exam earns a writing credit that most colleges require for all students.

AP Calculus AB:

*Successful completion of Pre-Calculus w/Trigonometry is recommended

This course is an introductory study of differential and integral calculus; including applications in the physical, natural, and social sciences. Topics studied include functions and their graphs, limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, and the integral and applications

AP Psychology:

*Psychology is not a prerequisite for  taking this class

*Students having credit in Psychology may also enroll in this course

Advanced Placement Psychology will demand students participate in an in-depth look at the relationship of biological and social factors on human development. Students will be required to read research, analyze data, and develop inferences. Strong student interest in the subject and willingness to prepare for the College Board Exam are required.

AP Statistics:

* Students planning to take a Science course in their senior year will benefit greatly from taking AP Statistics in their junior year. 

*Students who wish to leave open the option of taking Calculus in college should include Precalculus in their high school program and perhaps take AP Statistics concurrently with Precalculus.

Advanced Placement Statistics is nothing if not active. Students analyze data with calculators and computers, conduct classroom experiments, carry out individual and group projects, and perform simulations involving probabilistic concepts.  AP Statistics students are active, engaged learners even in cases where they would not necessarily be enchanted by a traditional mathematics course.

AP US History:

*Adv. alternative for U.S. History 1, 2, & 3

*Students looking to take Advanced Placement courses should possess comprehensive to exceptional writing abilities in order to pass the College Board’s expectations for all written exams.

Advanced Placement US History is a rigorous course designed to provide students with knowledge about America from Pre-Columbus to the present. Students will be expected to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Students will learn to assess historical materials, to weigh evidence, and to interpret U.S. history. The course work is substantial.

AP US Government & Politics:

*Alternative for U.S. Government

*Recommended that U.S. History is completed 

*Students looking to take Advanced Placement courses should possess comprehensive to exceptional writing abilities in order to pass the College Board’s expectations for all written exams.

This course is designed as an in-depth study of the American political system. Students will be required to do substantial research and be actively involved in classroom discussion. Extensive reading and writing is required.