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ADVANCED PLACEMENT

9 – 12 CORE COURSES

517030 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

This AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of NONFICTION prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. This course emphasizes the development and use of critical thinking skills. Both

 

their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The college composition course for which the AP English Language and Composition course substitutes is one of the most varied in the curriculum.

 

517040 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

This course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. This course emphasizes the development and use of critical thinking skills. Students will be reading at an accelerated pace and writing on a weekly basis. American and British poetry and literature will be the emphasis of study throughout the course. Students must be willing to sacrifice several hours a week to this course in order to succeed. This course is designed to introduce students to the rigor and expectations of the college level English course.

 

523030 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Students will be reading at an accelerated pace and writing formal lab reports on a weekly basis. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.

 

534040 AP CALCULUS AB MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

This course will focus on Functions, Graphs, and Limits; Asymptotic and unbounded behavior; Continuity as a property of functions; the concept of the derivative; Derivative at a point; Derivative as a function; Second derivatives; Applications of derivatives; Computation of derivatives; Interpretations and properties of definite integrals; Applications of integrals; Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; Techniques of anti-differentiation; Applications of anti- differentiation; Numerical approximations to definite integrals. This course is considered a fifth high school math course and should be taken after successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry.

 

565010 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT ADVANCED HS CS LEVEL 1 TERM: FALL CREDIT: .5

 

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. Prerequisites: None

 

565020 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT ADVANCED HS CS LEVEL 2 TERM: SPRING CREDIT: .5

 

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. Prerequisites: None

 

565110 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT ADVANCED HS CS LEVEL 1 TERM: FALL CREDIT: .5

 

The goals of the AP Computer Science A course are comparable to those in the introductory course for computer science majors offered in many college and university computer science departments. It is not expected that all students in the AP Computer Science A course will major in computer science at the university level. The AP Computer Science A course is intended to serve both as an introductory course for computer science majors and as a course for people who will major in other disciplines and want to be informed citizens in today’s technological society.

 

565120 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT ADVANCED HS CS LEVEL 2 TERM: SPRING CREDIT: .5

 

The goals of the AP Computer Science A course are comparable to those in the introductory course for computer science majors offered in many college and university computer science departments. It is not expected that all students in the AP Computer Science A course will major in computer science at the university level. The AP Computer Science A course is intended to serve both as an introductory course for computer science majors and as a course for people who will major in other disciplines and want to be informed citizens in today’s technological society.

 

570020 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

This challenging course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Over two 18 week semesters, the students are engaged in a wide variety of activities, with substantial emphasis on interpreting documents, writing analytical essays, and mastering factual content. Woven into the chronology of the course are the key themes of American History. Issues of American identity, diversity, religion and culture are examined. Economic transformations, the development of politic institutions and reform movements are evaluated. War, slavery, and demographic changes are assessed. Globalization and environmental issues are analyzed. These themes appear consistently in the course as the student journeys through broader course topics such as colonial and antebellum life, civil war and reconstruction, the gilded age and on to modern America.

 

571020 AP WORLD HISTORY MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

The AP World History course will develop students' knowledge and understanding of global historical events, processes and interactions between civilizations and societies. Students will prepare for the rigors of college coursework, and the AP World History Exam. The AP World History course uses a skills-based thematic approach organized by historical periods with reoccurring themes. Historical thinking skills are taught throughout the course using the context and content of world history themes and overlapping, approximate time periods.

 

572040 ADE ENHANCED AP U. S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS (ADE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS) MAY BE OFFERED FOR WEIGHTED CREDIT TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

ADE Enhanced AP United States Government and Politics includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute US politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes as they study the following topics: constitutional underpinnings of United States government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups, and mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, civil rights and civil liberties, state and local government, and Arkansas laws affecting juveniles. The course is intended to provide the scope and academic challenge expected at the college level. It prepares students to take the AP United States Government and Politics exam. This course stresses critical thinking and applications, textbook readings, projects, and use of performance-based/open-ended assessments with rubrics.

 

Students who successfully complete the ADE Enhanced AP United States Government and Politics course may receive academic credit for Civics in meeting state graduation requirements.