AP Course Information

See list of AP courses listed further below.


* You need to have a B grade or better in the subject area for this year to apply for an AP course in that subject area for next year.


* You will need to ask your current teacher in the subject area for a recommendation. Send them an email on this AND talk to them about it.


* Click here to go to the AP Course application form. Fill out one form for each course you want to take.


* Deadline for applying is February 23.


Junior AP Courses

1.  AP US History - Ms. Clarke

AP US History is a two-semester survey of American History from the Age of Exploration to the 1990’s. During this course we will apply everything learned to major themes: social, political, economic, conflict, and science and technology.


Expectations:

  • There will be a quiz EVERY week.

  • You will have to submit an essay EVERY week.

  • You are responsible for outside work such as: notecards, outline, mini-projects.

  • You are responsible for outside reading as well. (35-50 pages a week)

  • Complete all assigned homework and reading prior to class.

  • Attend class each day and limit the number of excused absences.

  • Bring a positive attitude to the learning environment.

  • Attend one session of after school review EVERY week


2.  AP Environmental Science - Mr. Jaramillo

In this course the student will be expected to actively participate in classroom sessions, laboratory experiments, field studies, and field trips.  Information gathered in these investigations and discussions will be analyzed using principles, concepts, and methodologies drawn from several scientific disciplines. The purpose of this process is to help the student to better understand our natural systems and to develop possible solutions of complex environmental issues.


3.  AP English Language and Composition - Ms. Mouton

AP English Language provides a platform for reading, writing, and verbalizing about important non-fiction texts, picture, films, and videos, the purpose of which is to broaden and deepen your view of the world around you.


The reading and writing students do in the course will expand their understanding of how the written language functions to communicate writers’ intentions and elicit readers’ responses.  The course will teach students to read, to analyze, to assess, to criticize, and to explain non-fiction works.


Senior AP Courses

1.  AP Calculus - Mr. Holden

This class will introduce you to the topic of Calculus so that you will more fully appreciate how all the mathematics you’ve studied applies to the world in which we live.  Calculus covers the following topics:


1. Functions and their Graphs

2. Limits and Continuity

3. Derivatives and their Applications

4. Integrals and their Applications

5. Differential Equations


Each topic is explored using numerical, algebraic, graphical, and written representations.  Calculus is essential for those students interested in pursuing an engineering major and career.


In order to be successful in this course, I expect students to:

  • Complete the Summer Packet of work by first day of school.

  • Complete all assigned homework and reading prior to class

  • Bring a positive attitude to the class environment.

  • Attend each day and limit the number of absences.

  • Attend all mandatory Office Hours 4-6 weeks before the AP Exam.

  • Seek help early and often to remain on pace with the class.


2.  AP Statistics - Mr. Vranderic

The purpose of AP Statistics to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:


1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns.

2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study.

3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation.

4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.


In order to be successful in this AP course, I expect students to:

  • Complete all assigned homework and reading prior to class.

  • Attend class each day and limit the number of excused absences.

  • Bring a positive attitude to the learning environment.

  • Seek help early and often to remain on pace with the class.


3.  AP Literature and Composition - Mr. Written

This AP Literature and Composition course has been designed to challenge students to recognize the fundamentals of rhetorical theory as they experience a variety of genres of literature such as poetry, fiction, and drama.  Students will learn to use the modes of discourse and recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies as well as acquire an understanding of the resources of the English language and of the writer’s craft. Additionally, students will develop critical standards for the appreciation of literature as a shared experience.

Students will be writing to explain, to explore ideas, to create voice, to imitate the author’s style, and to write with their own creative style to show their comprehension of what is being studied and its connection to present day happenings.

The students will practice formal and informal writing as they keep journals of works discussed, self-discovery within a work, and timed and untimed essays within the class. Creatively, students will develop innovative and artistic pieces to show connection to literature studied.


4.   AP American Government - Mr. McBride

The AP American Government class is a rigorous course that focuses on the following topics: The Constitution, Institutions of Government and their functions, Civil Liberties and Rights, Political Parties, Elections and Campaigns, and Domestic/Foreign Policy.

Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote a considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed.

During this course we will apply everything learned to major themes: social, political, economic, conflict, and science and technology. Your grade will take into account the following: quizzes, papers, discussions, and classroom participation. You can expect a weekly quiz on the textbook readings. You can also expect a writing assignment and a discussion assignment every week.

5.  AP Physics 1 - Mr. Adragna

AP Physics 1 is a full year course that is the equivalent of a first semester college course in algebra-based physics.  In this course the student scientists will explore principles of Newtonian mechanics, circular motion, momentum, work, energy, power, mechanical waves, sound, and simple circuits.

Students will utilize science practices to establish lines of evidence and use them to develop and refine testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena.  These practices include:

  1. The use of models and other representations

  2. The use of appropriate mathematics

  3. Planning and implementing data collection strategies

  4. Analysis and evaluation of data and evidence

  5. Connecting and relating knowledge across various concepts

In order to be successful in this course, I expect students to:

  • Complete the Summer Packet of work by first day of school.

  • Complete all assigned homework and reading prior to class

  • Bring a positive attitude to the class environment.

  • Attend each day and limit the number of absences.

  • Seek help early and often to remain on pace with the class.


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