The Advanced Placement® (AP) Program provides academic college preparatory coursework in the major subject fields. AP classes emulate introductory college courses, preparing students for selective universities and colleges.
The following course descriptions come directly from the College Board website and detail an overview of each course.
Here is more AP information on the district website. It includes updates, fee schedule, testing dates, links to reduced fee guidelines and the parent info letter in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. Students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in the nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. For more information visit the College Board website.
AP Calculus is designed to develop mathematical knowledge conceptually, guiding students to connect topics and representations throughout each course and to apply strategies and techniques to accurately solve diverse types of problems. Students will understand the why and how of mathematics in addition to mastering the necessary procedures and skills. For more information visit the College Board website.
The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and changes on the Earth's surface. Students will learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. For more information visit the College Board website.
AP U.S. Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. For more information visit the College Board website.
The AP European History course reflects a commitment to what history teachers, professors, and researchers have agreed is the main goal of a college-level European history survey course: learning to analyze and interpret historical facts and evidence to achieve understanding of major developments in European history. Students practice the reasoning skills used by historians by studying primary and secondary source evidence, analyzing a wide array of historical facts and perspectives, and expressing historical facts and perspectives, and expressing historical arguments in writing. For more information, visit the College Board website.
AP English Language and Composition course requires students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of contexts and skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their reading and their writing should make students aware of interactions among a writer's purposes, reader expectations, and an author's propositional content, as well as the genre conventions and resources of language that contribute to effectiveness in writing. For more information please visit the College Board website.
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