English 1-Pre-AP is designed to challenge students who show aptitude and achievement in English while providing an introduction to AP assessment formats and skills. It serves specifically as a preparatory course for English 2 advanced courses. Special emphasis will be placed on developing more sophisticated writing, vocabulary, and critical reading skills. Because the student will qualify for additional grade points in the advanced course, a superior level of performance is expected. Students are usually required to complete a summer reading list prior to entering the English 2 advanced classes.
English 2 serves as a preparatory course for the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Test administered at the end of the junior year. This course challenges students with high aptitude and achievement skills in writing and reading skills. A superior level of performance and outside work is expected. Students are usually required to complete a summer reading list prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
UT On Ramps English Language & Composition is designed for the student who is capable of doing college-level work. A strong emphasis will be placed on major writers and their works in various genres and the development of writing skills focused on the critical analysis of literature. Because students qualify obtaining UT College Credit in the course, a superior level of performance is expected. Completion of a summer reading list is usually required.
MATHEMATICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Pre-AP Algebra I
Pre-AP Algebra I is a course designed to stress the theory of exponents and functions, properties of the real and quadratic equations and functions, properties of the real and complex number systems, the use of coordinate geometry, application of an exponential and logarithmic function, the study of polynomials and properties of sequences and series. Because the students will qualify for additional grade points in the advanced course, a superior level of performance is expected as they are introduced to AP assessment formats and skills.
Pre-AP Algebra II
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Algebra I
This course is designed for students who will advance to pre-calculus and calculus. It covers the same material as Algebra II but with greater emphasis and depth on functional relationships and their graphs. Pre-AP Algebra II lays the foundation for preparing students for the Calculus Advanced Placement Exam.
Prerequisite: Pre AP Algebra II
This course is designed to prepare students to proceed to the Advanced Placement Calculus-BC syllabus. It covers the same material as Pre-Calculus with greater emphasis and depth on elementary functions and their graphs, as well as considering vectors, polar coordinates and limits.
AP Calculus AB
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Pre-Calculus
This course is designed for the student with a strong background in college preparatory mathematics that wishes to earn one semester of college credit in calculus. All students will take the AP examination. Topics include analysis in function, graphs, limits, derivatives, and integrals. Applications for each of these topics will be explored.
SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Pre-AP Biology I
Prerequisite: Teacher or Administrative Recommendation or Parent/Student Request
The Biology – Pre-AP course is designed to improve process skills in biology with an emphasis on current topics. In-depth lab experiments and detailed reporting of observations of integral parts of the course.
Pre- AP Chemistry
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Biology I
Pre-AP Chemistry is designed for college-bound students and emphasizes problem-solving and experimental design with current chemistry topics.
Grade: 11th, 12th
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Algebra II
This is an Algebra-based Physics course. The students will be able to learn the concepts of Physics theory through both conceptual and mathematical means. One goal of this class is to prepare the student for career areas such as Engineering, Medicine, and other areas needing higher math/science applications. A second goal is the successful completion of the Advanced Placement examination in May.
Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have taken Pre-AP Biology I & Pre-AP Chemistry
The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to prepare students with strong academic backgrounds for college study in the biological sciences. It includes an advanced study of selected topics with an emphasis on laboratory experience and problem-solving with living research as an integral part. Students are encouraged to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.
SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AP Human Geography
Prerequisite: Pre-AP English & Pre-AP US History 8th Grade
AP Human Geography is a two-semester course. 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 the human social organization and environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. On successful completion of the course, students should have developed skills that enable them to: use and think about maps and spatial data, understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places, recognize and interpret at different scales, the relationships among patterns and processes, define regions and evaluate the regionalization process, and characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.
Pre-AP World Geography
Prerequisite: Pre-AP US History 8th Grade
This course is designed for those students who excel in social studies. Course work will include physical and cultural topics in World Geography and an in-depth study of those forces which have shaped modern society.
AP World History
Prerequisite: Pre-AP World Geography or AP Human Geography
The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle to address change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of World History as a field of study.
AP United States History
Prerequisite: AP World History
AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments.
AP U.S. Government and Politics
Prerequisite: AP US History
This is a single semester course that can be taken in the fall or spring semester. The course is designed to give students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality. Students will take the AP Government and Politics exam for an opportunity to receive college credit.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AP Spanish Language and Culture
Grade: 9th -12th Depending on student’s language skills
Prerequisite: Students must have completed Spanish I & Spanish II or be a Native Speaking Spanish Student enrolled currently or previously in Spanish for Native Speakers
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes the use of Spanish for active communication in real-life tasks, it focuses on developing your abilities in the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) and strengthening your cultural competencies through theme-based instruction based on a variety of authentic resources, such as: newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blogs, advertisements, television programs, films, music, video clips, and literature.