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AP Courses

AP Biology

The AP Biology courses and exam are “organized around a few underlying principles called the big ideas, which encompass the core scientific principles, theories and processes governing living organisms and biological systems. For each of the big ideas, enduring understandings, which incorporate the core concepts that students should retain from the learning experience, are also identified.”

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters

AP Calculus AB

The AP Calculus AB series is the equivalent of a college-level Calculus 1 course and covers limits, differentiation, and integration. Concepts that students have learned from algebra and geometry that may have been confusing will be made clear in this course. Students who successfully complete both parts of this series will be ready for the AP Calculus AB exam and will be prepared to explore opportunities in engineering, physics, economics, and many other careers. This course is taught by an AP-certified instructor.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Materials: graphing calculator 

AP Calculus BC

This course extends what students learned about limits, derivatives, and integrals to topics like series, Taylor polynomials, and parametric functions. In addition to providing students with a head start in college mathematics, AP Calculus BC opens doors of opportunity in engineering, physics, astronomy, economics, cryptography, and many other careers. This series is equivalent to a college-level Calculus 2 course and is taught by an AP-certified instructor.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Materials: graphing calculator 

AP Psychology

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AP PSY 059: This is a rigorous course that discusses in-depth information about personal and others’ behavior. This series will prepare students to pass the AP Psychology exam for college credit; it is recommended that students take both courses of the series before taking the exam. It is also recommended that students take an introductory psychology course before enrolling in this series. AP PSY 060: This rigorous course continues the study of psychology and behavior. This series will prepare students to pass the AP Psychology exam for college credit; it is recommended that students take both courses of the series before taking the exam. It is also recommended that students take an introductory psychology course before enrolling in this series

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Materials: Myers, David G. Psychology: 10th Edition. New York: Worth Publishers, 2013.

AP U.S. Government

This Advanced Placement course will introduce you to the workings of American government and politics. Major topics include the five areas listed by the College Board: Constitutional Democracy, Civil Liberties-Civil Rights, American Political Culture and Beliefs, Political Participation, and Interaction among Branches. These areas are divided into a total of ten units. In addition, this course will prepare you for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam by helping you practice skills associated with the exam, such as writing evidence-based essays and answering questions on causes and consequences of political events. Analysis of landmark Supreme Court decisions and foundational documents (AP-required primary sources) will be emphasized.

  • Course Length: 1 Semester

AP U.S. History

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This course surveys the history of the United States from the settlement of the New World to modern times and prepares students for the new 2015 AP U.S. History exam. The course emphasizes themes such as national identity, economic transformation, immigration, politics, international relations, geography, and social and cultural change. Students learn to assess historical materials, weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship, and analyze and express historical understanding in writing.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Materials: Binkley, A. Unfinished Nation: A Concise History Of The American People- 8th Edition. (can be checked out from eSchool office)

AP World History

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This advanced study of world history combines historical thinking skills with the in-depth exploration of major course themes such as the interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state-building, expansion, and interaction of economics systems; and more. Students engage in reading, writing, and discussion as they trace history from before the Common Era to the present.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Materials: Advanced Placement World History: Modern, 2020 edition, Perfection Learning, 2020. (can be checked out from eSchool office)

AP Spanish

This course prepares students for the Spanish AP Language and Culture Exam. It fine tunes language skill and proficiency through engaging experiences and practice. The course is based upon the six guiding themes set by The College Board, including los desafíos mundiales, la ciencia y la tecnología, la vida contemporánea, las identidades personales y públicas, las familias y las comunidades, and la belleza y la estética. Each unit is centered around one of these themes. Students will conclude the course with a review unit and a practice test structured according to AP testing guidelines. The course provides students with opportunities to exercise the major modalities of the AP test, including interpersonal communication, interpretive reading and listening, presentational speaking and writing, and intercultural competency. Students will analyze data, write for a variety of contexts, give presentations, provide cultural comparisons, and interact in the Conversation Café. 

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 semesters
  • Materials: Gatski, B. and McMullan, J. TRIÁNGULO APROBADO- 5th Edition. (online access codes provided by eSchool office)