High school students across the country and around the world take AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. AP can give you a head start in high school and an edge in college. Get a taste of college-level work while developing the academic skills you’ll need for college success. You might even discover your career path. Your AP Exam scores can earn you college credit before you set foot on campus—and let you skip introductory college courses.
AP classes are noted on your high school transcript. College credit is given only to students who pass the AP Exam at the end of their AP course. Within the first two weeks of the AP course, you will sign up with your instructor to take the AP Exam. The cost for each exam is $95.00 and is non-refundable. Colleges and universities set their own guidelines as to how college credit is given for AP Exams.
AP English 12: Must have completed 11th grade English
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Description:The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary work.
AP English 11: Must have completed 10th Grade Honors English
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Description:The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text—from a range of disciplines and historical periods.
AP Chemistry: Must have completed Honors Chemistry and Honors Algebra 2
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Description:The AP Chemistry course provides a freshman-level college course to ensure that the student is prepared to succeed in college chemistry. This is accomplished by teaching all the topics detailed in the AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description. The course is organized around the four big ideas and is aligned with the six science practices. Laboratory experiments are conducted to compliment the material being learned. The experiments will include at least 20 labs, of which at least 6 will be inquiry-based labs. Lab time will account for over 25% of the instructional time—some labs are completed in one class period, but many labs require multiple periods. We meet as a class for seven periods a week—at least two-and-a-half of those periods are devoted to laboratory experiments and other like activities. Emphasis in this class is placed on application of chemical concepts with real-world applications. Each of the topics within the nine units are covered in depth, and the students will be assessed after the completion of each topic unit.
AP Physics: Must have completed Honors Chemistry and Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
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Description: AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion, electric charge and electric force, DC circuits, and mechanical waves and sound. AP Physics 1 is a full-year course that is the equivalent of a first- semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics. Prerequisite courses include having completed Algebra III or concurrently taking Algebra III or Calculus. Twenty-five percent of instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the foundational physics principles and apply the science practices. This includes that students design plans for experiments, make predictions, collect and analyze data, apply mathematical routines, develop explanations, and communicate their work. Students will be required to maintain a lab book and notebook with the materials given as some colleges may require students to present their laboratory materials from AP science courses before being granted college credit for laboratory work. Assignments will be given three times a week with an expectation that the students will watch videos assigned for the unit.
AP Calculus: Must have completed Pre-Calculus.
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The AP Calculus AB course focuses on students’ understanding of calculus concepts and provide experience with methods and applications. Through the use of big ideas of calculus (e.g., modeling change, approximation and limits, and analysis of functions), each course becomes a cohesive whole, rather than a collection of unrelated topics. Both courses require students to use definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions. The courses feature a multirepresentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Exploring connections among these representations builds understanding of how calculus applies limits to develop important ideas, definitions, formulas, and theorems. A sustained emphasis on clear communication of methods, reasoning, justifications, and conclusions is essential. Teachers and students should regularly use technology to reinforce relationships among functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results. AP Calculus Summer Packet
AP 2D Art: (10th-12th Only) Must have completed a full year of any Art Class.
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Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas and sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions. Students may choose to submit any or all of the AP Portfolio Exams.