Adavanced Placement Program


The Advanced Placement Program® is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit while they are still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school A.P. Mathteachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board.

The Program's success is rooted in the collaborative efforts of motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed schools. By participating in the Program, secondary schools make the commitment to organize and support at least one class that is equivalent to a first-year college course.

There are currently more than 110,000 teachers leading AP courses in high schools worldwide. AP teachers are some of the world's finest. The Program is strengthened by their participation in professional development workshops and Summer Institutes and in the annual AP Reading where thousands of AP teachers and college faculty gather at college sites across the United States to score the AP Exams using rigorous guidelines.

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Level 5 AP: F26 French, F46 German, F55 Latin, F85 Spanish wt
Level 5 teaches mastery in reading, writing, and speaking the language. Students read short stories, plays and novels. They may participate in extracurricular activities using the foreign language. The Advanced Placement Language Exam is optional, but students who perform well on the test earn college credit for this one-year college-level course.

AP English Language and Composition
This course prepares students for the AP exam in Language and Composition. Students develop the writing and language skills required for critical and stylistic analysis. Students explore the ideas of noted philosophers and major American writers while perfecting their own writing skills. Students work to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. This course also provides the practice for student to become flexible writers who can compose in a variety of modes and for a variety of purposes.

AP English: Literature & Composition
This course will engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. This course will prepare students for the AP English examinations.

AP Calculus AB
This course is for students with superior motivation and ability in mathematics. AP Calculus AB examines the theory of limits, differentiation, functional analysis, and integration. Students develop problem solving skills through application. Successful students may take the advanced placement exam and receive college credit.

M66 AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus BC involves further application of differentiation and integration. It also includes polar coordinates, differential equations, infinite series, and integration techniques. Successful students may take advanced placement exams and possibly receive college credit.

M69 AP Statistics
This course is designed to be equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus based college course in statistics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual theses. These are 1) exploring data: observing patterns and departures from patterns, 2) planning a study: deciding what and how to measure, 3) anticipating patterns: producing models using probability and simulation, 4) statistical inference: confirming models. Students who successfully complete the course and AO exam may receive college credit and/or advanced placement for a one-semester college statistics course

S66 AP Chemistry
AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The curriculum for this course is the College Board Advanced Placement College Board Advanced Placement Chemistry curriculum. This course differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kid of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by the students. The AP Chemistry Exam may be taken at the end of this course.

S68 AP Biology
AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course. The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Biology Curriculum. This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the textbook used, the laboratory work done and the time and effort required o the students. The AP examination may be taken at the end of this course.

S69 AP Environmental Science
This introductory college level laboratory and field course is designed to provide students with the scientifi
c principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course follows the AP syllabus and students should plan on taking the AP exam in May. Students will learn to identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, to evaluate the associated risks, and to examine the various alternative solutions for resolving or preventing the problems. The following themes will be covered: the interdependence of the earth’s systems; human population dynamics; renewable and non-renewable resources; environmental quality; and the environment and society. 

T54 AP World History
Advanced placement world history is a year long, chronological, and thematic university level course designed for disciplined and intellectually curious students. Major course themes include: Interaction among major societies (i.e., trade, diplomacy, war); Impact of technology and demography on peoples and the environment (e.g., population growth and decline, diffusion of diseases, migrations, economic activities and systems); Comparative systems of social and gender structure; comparative cultural and intellectual developments; Changes in function and structures of states. College level reading, critical analysis, discussion, problem solving, debates, essays, historiography, research, and computer labs are integral components of the course. Many colleges grant one year of college credit for World History if a student earns a “3” or better on the Advanced Placement Exam given in the spring.

T68 AP Human Geography
A. P. Human Geography is a one semester, university level introduction to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students use university level geographic concepts, theories, text, computer labs, and readings to analyze the following world and U. S. issues from a geographic perspective, including their environmental consequences. Units include: population, the political organization of space, cultural patterns, economic development, urbanization, and agriculture

T38 AP United States History
Advanced Placement U. S. History is an intensive study of history designed for above average students. Included in the course are college level reading, research, writing, critical thinking, and historiography. Many colleges will grant college credit in American History if a student earns “3” or better on the Advanced Placement Exam given in the spring. This class meets the requirement of one year of United States history.

T85 AP European History
Advanced Placement European History is an intensive study of history designed for above average students. The time period covered is approximately 1450 to 1970 – the high Renaissance to the recent past in Europe. Included in the course are college level reading, research, writing, critical thinking, and historiography. Many colleges will grant college credit in European History if a student earns “3” or better on the Advanced Placement exam given in the spring.

T87 AP US Government & Politics
Advanced Placement US Government and Politics is an intensive study of federal, state and local government. Students study the constitution, the operation of the different branches of government and the role of citizens in the democratic process. Foreign affairs, and the role of the media and political campaigns will also be addressed in this course. Most universities will grant college credit in American Government for students that score a “3” or higher on the Advanced Placement exam given in the spring. This class meets the requirement for one semester of U. S. Government.

There are several useful resources at the AP Program's National Website, including Exam tips, Course Descriptions, Exam questions, and the Exam Calendar.