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AP ( Advanced Placement) Courses

AP English Literature
Credit: 1
Grades Offered: 11th and 12th
Weight: 1.12

   This rigorous and intensive reading and writing course will provide students with a learning experience equivalent to the introductory year of college literature and composition course work. Students will carefully read and critically analyze various genres of literature throughout the ages and diverse cultures, employing advanced reading strategies and examination of story elements, literary devices and their effectiveness. The course includes frequent opportunities for students to write and rewrite to understand (informal and exploratory writing), explain (expository and analytical writing) and evaluate (analytical and argumentative writing). The writing emphasis of the course will concentrate on expanding the student’s vocabulary with weekly word lists and quizzes and improve sentence structure, logical organization, grammar, mechanics and usage. The course also emphasizes oral interpretation, public speaking and listening skills. It is geared to the student who desires to take the AP exam.
AP Calculus

Credit: 1

Grade Offered: 11th and 12th

Weight: 1.12


AP Calculus AB is the equivalent of a first semester college calculus course. It covers all the topics necessary for taking the AP Calculus examination such as geometry, functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and its applications and the integral and its applications. Students may receive college credit by taking AP Calculus Exam.

 

AP Biology
Credit: 1.33
Grades Offered: 11th and 12th
Weight: 1.12

  The course is designed to be the equivalent of a 2 semester college introductory biology course. Topics to be covered include chemistry of life, cell structure and function, heredity and evolution, organisms and populations, structure and functions of animals, plants and ecology. A double lab period will be given which require written lab reports. Students will qualify for the AP exam.

 

AP Chemistry
Credit: 1.33
Grades Offered: 11th and 12th
Weight: 1.12

   The AP Chemistry class is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college chemistry course. This course is a 6 day course with two additional classes for lab work. Students must successfully pass Chemistry with a B or better. However, this course is designed for high school students who have high levels of commitment, motivation and academic maturity. The following subject matter will be covered during the year: structure of matter, states of matter, reactions (types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics), and descriptive chemistry (chemical reactivity, periodicity, and organic chemistry).
AP European History
Credit: 1.5
Grades Offered: 11th and 12th
Weight: 1.12

   The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the AP program in European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.