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Advanced Placement

AP Courses are designed to duplicate college freshman level courses. At the end of the year, students take an exam published by the College Entrance Examination Board to determine the level of mastery achieved. Please be aware that even a high score on the AP does not guarantee that college credit will be awarded, however. Colleges vary widely in the amount of credit they award for AP Exams, and the score at which they award such. However, these courses, in and of themselves, are excellent preparation for college courses, and the exams are an invaluable introduction to college exams.

AP English Literature and Composition

Pre-Requisite: Honors English 11, senior standing, and permission of instructor

AP English Literature and Composition is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to the introductory semester of college literature. Students are engaged in reading a wide variety of books and poetry by British and American authors, placing an emphasis on critical analysis to help them strengthen and deepen their understanding of the ways different writers use language to provide meaning and pleasure to their readers.

AP Biology (Grade 12)

Pre-requisite: B or better Biology, C or better in Chemistry

The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester college introductory biology course, usually taken by biology majors during their freshman year. This course requires twice-weekly laboratories that are scheduled in a class period that is in addition to the five weekly meetings of the class. For those not majoring in biology, it will often serve as a general education course in science.

All AP courses are weighted by adding 1 point to the earned grade-point for that class, per semester.

AP Statistics

Pre-requisite: C or better in Algebra 2

The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.

AP Calculus AB

Pre-requisite: B or better in PreCalculus

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are presented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and make connections amongst these representations.

Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.