This course will help students develop an understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other media. Students will examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. Art history emphasizes understanding how and why works of art function in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Art History exam in May.
The Advanced Placement Computer Science course covers Java and all the algorithms, data structures and programming concepts in the Advanced Placement Computer Science syllabus. Students will write a number of programs over the course of the school year and will develop a solid foundation of programming skills, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of computer science. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam in May.
AP Computer Science Principles Mobile introduces students to concepts and practices central to the study of computer science. This course is supported by the Mobile Computer Science Principles Project (Mobile CSP), an NSF-funded effort to provide a broad and rigorous introduction to computer science based on App Inventor, a mobile programming language for Android devices. Working individually and collaboratively, students will use technology and programming to solve problems, create computational artifacts, investigate technological innovations that are personally meaningful, and discuss the impacts of computing technologies to their community, society, and the world.
The curriculum centers on seven Big Ideas: Computing is a creative activity. Abstraction reduces information and detail to facilitate focus on relevant concepts. Data and information facilitate creation of knowledge. Algorithms are used to develop and express solutions to computational problems. Programming enables problem solving. The Internet pervades modern computing. Computing has global impact.
Developed to broaden participation in computer science and STEM courses, AP Computer Science Principles fosters creativity and invites students to examine the social and ethical implications of new computing technologies.
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. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Special topics with which students engage in include the following: problems of economic development and cultural change, consequences of population growth, changing fertility rates, international migration, impacts of technological innovation on transportation, communication, industrialization, and other aspects of human life, struggles over political power and control of territory, conflicts over the demands of ethnic minorities, the role of women in society, the inequalities between developed and developing economies, explanations of why location matters to agricultural land use, industrial development, urban problems, and the role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam in May.
The purpose of the AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.
The AP course in microeconomics will give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam in May.
The AP Music Theory class is designed to prepare students in the areas of music theory, analysis and ear training. The course is ideal for the serious music student who plans to further their musical studies at the postsecondary level or perhaps pursue a career in music, but it is open to any experienced musician who desires to know more about how music is put together. It is the goal for the AP Music Theory student to recognize, understand and describe the basic processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. It is assumed that the student entering in this course has some previous musical training and can perform at an intermediate or advanced level, and is fluent in reading musical notation. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to sit for the advanced Placement Music Theory exam in May.
This is a college-level course survey course with a curriculum determined by the College Board. The course of study includes the major subfields of psychology: the gathering and evaluation of evidence relating to human behavior, neuroscience, human development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning and memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, social psychology, personality, and the understanding and evaluation of theories with regard to the causation and treatment of disorders. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Psychology exam in May.