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ENGLISH 11 LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION AP

GRADE 11

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of English II with a grade of “A” or English II Honors with a grade “B” or better and Proficient.

 

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (previously known as Rhetoric) is the

equivalent of a first-year college composition course that prepares students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses by developing skills in close reading, critical thinking and rhetorical techniques. This course emphasizes expository, analytical and argumentative writing forms based on a variety of non-fiction texts including autobiographies, essayists, historical writers, diarists and political writers that span a variety of time periods and cultures. Extensive summer reading and writing are required. Students will be exposed to college level literature that may contain mature themes. This college-level course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Language & Composition test and possibly earn college credit. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 

 


ENGLISH IV LITERATURE & COMPOSITION AP

(ENGLISH IB HL2)

GRADE 12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of English III Honors with a grade of “B” or better OR 2) “C” or better in AP Language & Composition OR 3) a score of “3” or better on the AP Language & Composition Test.

 

Advanced Placement Literature is the equivalent of a first-year college literature course which will help students discover meaning in literature by enabling them to be attentive to language and the various techniques authors use to evoke emotional and intellectual responses from readers. Through extensive work in literary analysis of major writers, the course will prepare students to interpret, analyze and discuss (in writing) a variety of poetry, novels, plays, short stories and essays. This college-level course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition test and possibly to earn college credit. Extensive summer readings and responses are required. Students will be exposed to college level literature that may contain mature themes. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


STUDIO ART AP

GRADES 10 – 12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Grade of “A” in Fundamentals of Art and recommendation from the AP Art Teacher.

 

Studio Art AP features work at an exceptional level of excellence in the creative application of media used in drawing, painting, sculpture design, printmaking, photography, and computer graphics. Students will produce a portfolio of work that meets the requirements of the Advanced Placement curriculum; Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design. College credit is possible with the passage of the AP portfolio assessment. (Fine/Applied arts) (CSU/UC* “F” Elective VPA)

 


ART HISTORY AP

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: “A” in English.

This art history course traces the development of global artistic accomplishments from prehistory to the present. Its content includes attention to the disciplines that lead to an understanding of art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and cultural context. This class is recommended for students with a strong interest in art and excellent study skills. College credit is possible with the passage of the AP test. (Fine/Applied Art) (CSU/UC* “F” Elective VPA)

 


MUSIC THEORY AP

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Previous music performance experience and ability to read music.

 

This AP course is designed for the advanced music student to be introduced to theory, musical materials, and procedures integrating all aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and, to some extent, history and style. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills and sight-singing are included. (Fine/Applied Arts)

 


EUROPEAN HISTORY AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADE 10

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Grade of “A” in most recent History class (8th or 9th grade) AND Grade of “A” in English or “B” or higher in English I Honors, AND concurrent enrollment in English II Honors.

 

The AP European history course is designed to provide students with analytical, factual, and writing skills which relate to the development of Europe covering the period from the Renaissance through current day. Very intense reading and writing will be required in this year-long college preparatory class. This course leads to an optional Advanced Placement history test in May. College credit is possible if the test is passed. This course fulfills the World History requirement. (UC/CSU* “G” Elective/NCAA)

 


U.S. HISTORY AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADE 11

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Grade of “A” in World History or “B” or higher in AP European History, AND grade of “A” in English II or “B” or higher in English II Honors.

 

This course provides students with analytical, factual, reading and writing skills relating to U.S. History. Topics include Colonization, the Revolutionary period, Federalism, the Jacksonian Era, Antebellum America, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, Progressivism, Imperialism, World War One, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War Two, the Cold War, the Turbulent Sixties, the Vietnam War, and the Seventies. Very intense reading and writing is required in this year-long college preparatory class. Students will write several traditional and document-based essays during the year, as well as investigate both primary and secondary historical sources. This course is designed to provide students with the skills to pass an optional Advanced Placement history test in May. A satisfactory score will result in the receiving of university or college credit toward graduation. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AP

GRADE 12

5 CREDITS SEMESTER

PREREQUISITE: “B” or higher in Modern American History or in AP US History AND “B” or higher in 11th Grade English.

 

A study of our government’s constitution underpinnings, political beliefs, political parties, interest groups, policy process and protection of civil rights and civil liberties. This course is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in United States government (Political Science). This course will fulfill the civics graduation requirement. This course is designed to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Government exam. A satisfactory score will result in the receiving of university or college credit toward graduation. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


ECONOMICS AP

(Advanced Placement - Microeconomics)

GRADE 12

5 CREDITS SEMESTER

PREREQUISITE: “B” or higher in 11th Grade English, AND “C” or higher in Calculus (AB)

 

The AP Economics course is designed to provide students with a rigorous introduction to the determinants which affect the basic model of demand and supply, abstract theories and models, algebraic and graphic tools, emphasizing certain market relationships at both Micro and Macroeconomics levels that interpret market structures. This course is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to one-semester college introductory course in Economics. This course will fulfill the Economics graduation requirement. This course is designed to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Economics exam. A satisfactory score will result in the receiving of university or college credit toward graduation. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


PSYCHOLOGY AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADE 12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: “B” or higher (2nd Semester) in US. History or “C” or higher (2nd Semester) in AP US History AND “B” or higher (2nd Semester) in Biology or “C” or higher (2nd Semester) in AP Biology AND “B” or higher in English III or “C” or higher (2nd Semester) in English III Honors/AP English (Rhetoric). It is recommended that AP Statistics be taken concurrently.

 

Students should have received a grade of “B” or higher in Modern American History and a “B” or higher in their most recent full-year science course. Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental activity. In this course, students will study human development, intelligence, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic intervention, and social psychology. This course is designed to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Psychology test. A satisfactory score will result in receiving university or college credit toward graduation. Credit is received in the standard A.P. format. ( (UC/CSU “G” Elective*/NCAA)

 


CHINESE IV LANGUAGE AND CULTURE AP

GRADES 9 - 12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISTE: Successful completion of Chinese III Honors with a grade of “B” or higher.

 

This challenging course will be conducted entirely in Chinese to continue developing advanced skills in reading literature and writing in Chinese. It will also prepare students for the Standard Level or Higher Level IB exam. There will also be an in-depth emphasis on the Chinese literature. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


FRENCH LANGUAGE AP

GRADES 9-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of French III Honors with a grade of “B” or higher.

 

Intended for students who plan to take the AP test in French Language or the IB Standard Level Exam or Higher Level, this course helps students hone writing skills, analyze literary works and develop cultural sensitivity. Be prepared to be challenged and to grow, both intellectually and linguistically. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


SPANISH LANGUAGE AP

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Course grade of “B” or higher in Spanish III Honors.

 

This college level course is the second part of the Spanish IV AP program, with breadth and depth of material designed to prepare students to pass the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam or the IB Standard Level or Higher Level Exam. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of Spanish culture and explore Spanish and Latin American Literature. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


SPANISH LITERATURE AP

GRADES 11-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish IV AP with a grade of “B” or higher.

 

When students reach this level, they solidify the basic skills and concepts they have already acquired. The content of the course, conducted entirely in Spanish, will focus on social issues, current events, cultural topics, and literary themes. Students will use the Spanish language as the means of expressing their opinions and ideas. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


CALCULUS I (AB) AP

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: “C” or better in Trigonometry/Math Analysis, or grade of “C” or better in Mathematical Analysis Honors or teacher recommendation.

 

An interesting and rigorous course of the calculus and analytic geometry equivalent to the first two college courses. The course is designed to prepare the student to pass the Advanced Placement Calculus AP examination. A satisfactory score on the test may result in university or college credit towards graduation in mathematics. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


CALCULUS II (BC) AP – MATH IB HL1

GRADE 11-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: “C” or better in Calculus AP I, or grade of “C” or better in Mathematical Analysis

Honors or teacher recommendation.

 

An interesting, rigorous course of calculus to follow the first year of Advanced Placement Calculus. This course is designed to prepare the student to pass the Advanced Placement Calculus BC examination. A satisfactory score on this test may result in the university or college credit towards graduation in mathematics. It will cover a small review and the topics of infinite sequences and series, advanced integration techniques and applications, differential equations, and vector analysis. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


STATISTICS AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADES 11 - 12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: “B” or better in Algebra II or “C” or better in Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors 2nd

semester or a grade of “B” or better in Trigonometry/Summative Math.

 

This course is equivalent to an introductory non-calculus based, college-level course typically taught in one semester. The course will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploratory analysis of data, planning a study, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. The course is designed to prepare the student to pass the AP Statistics Exam given by the College Board. A satisfactory score may result in university credit. A graphing calculator with statistics capabilities is required. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)


 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Biology with a grade of “B” or better (2nd Semester) and completion of Chemistry with a grade of “B” or better (2nd Semester) and enrolled in Algebra II or have already completed Algebra II, or grade of “C” or better in Biology Honors (2nd Semester), and grade of “C” or better in Chemistry Honors (2nd Semester)

 

The course is designed to be the equivalent of a college course in environmental science. It is intended to enable students to undertake an advanced study of topics in environmental science. It is a rigorous science course that stresses scientific principles and analysis. The course includes a laboratory component. The course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world; to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made; to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems; and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


BIOLOGY AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Biology with a grade of “B” or better (2nd Semester) and completion of Chemistry with a grade of “B” or better (2nd Semester) and enrolled in Algebra II or have successfully completed Algebra II, or grade of “C” or better in Biology Honors (2nd Semester), and grade of “C” or better in Chemistry Honors (2nd Semester)

 

This class will cover the principles and concepts of biology in a far deeper and more thorough manner than that of the regular biology course, with this course being equivalent to a college biology course for biology majors. The course is designed to prepare the student to pass the Advanced Placement Biology Test. A satisfactory score on the test may result in university or college credit toward graduation in biology. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


CHEMISTRY AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Biology with a grade “B” or better (2nd Semester) and completion of Chemistry with a grade “B” or better (2nd Semester) and enrolled in Algebra II or successfully completion of Algebra II, or grade of “C” or better in Biology Honors (2nd Semester), and grade of “C” or better in Chemistry Honors (2nd Semester)

 

This is a college level course covering the principles and concepts of Chemistry more thoroughly than that of the regular high school chemistry course. The laboratories and material covered are equivalent to a first year college chemistry course and will prepare the students to take the AP Chemistry exam. Successful completion of the exam may result in college credit. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


PHYSICS 1 AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Biology with a grade “B” or better (2nd Semester) and completion of Chemistry with a grade of “B” or better or grade of “C” or better in Biology Honors (2nd Semester), and grade of “C” or better in Chemistry Honors (2nd Semester) and enrolled in Trigonometry/Mathematical Analysis or higher mathematics

 

This course will take students through material covered in the first year college physics and prepare them to take the AP Physics 1 examination. Topics would include vector analysis and equilibrium; Newton’s laws of linear motion; work, power, and simple machines; wave phenomena such as sound and water; static and current electricity including basic circuits. Additionally, students will be introduced to problem formulation and laboratory analysis techniques necessary to succeed at the collegiate level. A “handson” style will be emphasized in lab. Recommended – Successful completion of Physics. (UC/CSU*NCAA)


PHYSICS C AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADES 11-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Biology with a grade of “B” or better (2nd Semester) and completion of Chemistry with a grade of “B” or better (2nd Semester), or grade of “C” or better in Biology Honors (2nd Semester), and grade of “C” or better in Chemistry Honors (2nd Semester)

COREQUISITE: Enrolled in Calculus I or successful completion Calculus I

 

This course will take students through the material covered in first semester of college physics, and prepare them to take the AP Physics C examination. Topics would include vector analysis and equilibrium; Newton’s laws of motion; work, power and simple machines; additionally, students will be introduced to problem formulation and laboratory analysis techniques necessary to succeed at the collegiate level. A “hands-on” style will be emphasized in lab including several design projects that will allow students some control of the direction of their own study. Recommended – Successful completion of Physics. (UC/CSU*/NCAA)

 


COMPUTER SCIENCE AP (Advanced Placement)

GRADES 10-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: A grade of “B” or better in Trigonometry, the last two years of English, and IC3 or Computer Systems.

 

This is an introductory college level course in object-orientated programming. A large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that focus on development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. (Applied Arts) (UC/CSU*)