AP Studio Art – In execution of Drawing, 2-D Design, or 3-D Design, students will address the three components in their portfolios: quality, concentration, and breadth. Students will submit this body of work to the College Board for grading and possible college credit. Ms. Harper is the teacher for this course.
AP Music Theory – Intended for both instrumental and vocal musicians who can read music fluently, AP Music Theory enables students to “develop, practice, and master” foundational skills necessary for success in post-secondary studies in music or related field. Mr. Williams is the teacher for this course.
AP Art History – AP Art History offers students the opportunity to explore, in depth, the history of art from ancient times to the present. Through readings, research, slides, videos, and museum visits, students will view significant artworks from around the world and make cross-cultural and thematic connections. Mr. Plasse is the teacher for this course.
AP Language and Composition - AP Lang and Comp: The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to give students multiple opportunities to work with the rhetorical situation, examining the authors’ purposes as well as the audiences and the subjects in texts. Students write in a variety of modes for a variety of audiences, developing a sense of personal style and an ability to analyze and articulate how the resources of language operate in any given text. The course is aligned with American literature to provide students the opportunity to see how discourse evolves over time. Ms. Sniezak and Mr. Plasse are the teachers for this course.
AP Literature and Composition - AP Literature and Composition is the equivalent of a college survey course. Poetry, prose and drama by British and American authors are studied, so that students analyze and understand how language conveys both meaning and inspiration. Students will learn a variety of critical techniques to analyze what is stated on both literal and figurative levels. Ms. Sniezak and Mr. Plasse are the teachers for this course.
History and Social Sciences:
AP Human Geography - The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Ms. Hargis is the teacher for this course.
AP Psychology - The AP Psychology course is an introductory college course with a focus on human behavior and mental processes. Students explore and apply psychological concepts concerning sensation and perception, learning, cognition, motivation, development, treatment of abnormal behavior and social psychology. Research methods, ethics, and the scientific method are recurring analytical tools throughout the course. Students considering a major in psychology or in the medical or health-related fields, would find this course very beneficial. Mr. Suitt is the teacher for this course.
AP US History -The AP US History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, crafting historical arguments, using historical evidence and interpreting historical narratives) in a survey format spanning from approximately 1491 to the present. Through debate, essay development and independent research, students will hone the aforementioned skills to become credible, academic historians. Mr. Suitt is the teacher for this course.
AP World History - The AP World History course focuses on developing students' understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. College-bound students who are interested in liberal arts studies would benefit from taking this course. Ms. Montz is the teacher of this course.
AP Calculus AB– Advanced Placement Calculus, the study of rates of change and accumulation, is an advanced math course that investigates variable motion and changing phenomena in the world around us. It is recommended that students who are majoring in a STEM field take Pre-AP Calculus and/or AP Calculus. Ms. Jacobi is the teacher for this course.
AP Biology II - AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students who plan to major in a STEM field, especially the medical field, would benefit from taking this course. Ms.Vines is the teacher for this course.
AP Chemistry II – The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Mr. Martin is the teacher for this course.
AP Computer Science Principles – The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. The exam is one end of the year multiple choice test with two projects that are completed during the course. Mr. Hargis is the teacher for this course.
AP Computer Science A – The AP Computer Science A course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design. Students who take the AP Computer Science A course and exam are prepared to continue their study of computer science and its integration into a wide array of computing and STEM-related fields. The Computer Science A exam is comprised of multiple choice and free response questions. Mr. Hargis is the teacher for this course.
AP Statistics - AP Statistics tells the story of a data set through collecting, organizing, analyzing, modeling, and drawing conclusions of chance phenomena. Emphasis is placed on developing statistical communication skills through verbal and written means. The contents of this class are extremely important for those who plan to pursue degrees in STEM areas as well as many liberal arts fields. Ms. Levet is the teacher for this course.
World Languages and Cultures:
AP Spanish Language and Culture - The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) through writing, reading, listening and speaking in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. This course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. Students interested in this class must previously complete Spanish III. Ms. Machio is the teacher for this course.