The AP English Language course fosters college-level reading and writing skills. Through course readings, students will examine the practice of rhetoric: the way that writers advance arguments, communicate ideas, and shape reader reactions in prose writing. Students will also hone their skills as argumentative writers through formal and less-formal writing assignments and through peer and full-class analysis of each other's work. Students will finish the course with a strong grasp of academic writing conventions, will be fluent with critical inquiry, and will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam in May.
The AP English Literature course develops students' abilities to carefully read and thoughtfully analyze works of imaginative literature. Students will read across genres and historical periods, encountering works of poetry, short and long fiction, drama, and nonfiction from the 16th century to contemporary works. By investigating examples of figurative language, detail, and historical contexts, the course encourages exploration of broad questions about literary structure, style, and themes. Developing their skills as writers alongside their skills as readers, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Criticism exam in May.
The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences.