Advanced Placement Classes
Advanced Placement Courses were added during the 2003-2004 school year. Advanced Placement courses shall be offered based on student participation and need.
AP Calculus - Follows the College Board syllabus for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Examination. Includes properties of functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differential and integral calculus. Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry or Analysis
AP Language and Composition - Conforms to the College Board recommendations for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Examination. Covers the study and application of advanced writing and the study of the English language. Stresses types of writing, rhetorical strategies, connotation, methods, of delivery, critical thinking and evidence of critical thinking in composition.
AP Literature and Composition - Conforms to the College Board recommendations for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Examination. Covers the study and practice of writing and the study of literature. Stresses modes of discourse, assumptions underlying rhetorical strategies, connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone. Emphasizes writing critical analysis of literature and includes essays in exposition and argument, poetry, drama, prose fiction, and expository literature.
AP Music Theory - The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is to develop a student's ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of these goals may best be approached by initially addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises. Building on this foundation, the course should progress to include more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, or the realization of figured-bass notation.
AP U.S. History - Conforms to college Board topics for the Advanced Placement United States History Examination. Covers discovery and settlement, Colonial Society, the American Revolution, Constitution and the New Republic, Age of Jefferson, Nationalism, Sectionalism, Territorial Expansion, Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialization, Progressive Era, World War I, Depression, New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, through modern times.
AP World History - Conforms to College Board topics for the Advance Placement World History Examination. Covers the relationship of change and continuity for 8000 BC to the present, the impact of interaction among and within major societies, the impact of technology, economics, and demography on people and the environment, the systems of social structure and gender structure, the cultural, religious, and intellectual developments, and finally, the changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities, including the emergence of the nation-state.
See the Guidance Office for more information about these courses.