.The Advanced Placement Program at Furr High SchoolFurr High School has a policy of open enrollment for AP classes, and we count on parents and students to be judicious in selecting advanced classes. Students are also placed in AP classes based on teacher or administrative recommendation. Your student may take all the advanced classes for which he/she has the prerequisite, and for which you feel he/she is qualified. Once enrolled beyond the fifteen day mark of the fall semester, students will not be permitted to drop an Advanced Placement course. In deciding whether or not Advanced Placement classes are for your student, there are certain caveats listed below that should be considered.
Parents, along with their students, should consider the following questions and implications as they review their student’s schedule and performance:
College Credit for Advanced PlacementA score of a 3 is considered passing and can help your student earn college credit at most colleges and universities in the United States. Some universities however require a score higher than a 3, please check with your desired college’s admissions office in preparing to study for upcoming AP exams. Your student may have to score higher than a 3 for college credit depending on which university they desire to attend.Furr High School is an open testing center for AP Testing. If you are homeschooled or out of district and would like to take an AP Exam offered at Furr HS. Please review the fee schedule and contact John Laymon to order before November 15th. Payment and ordering for non-HISD students must be made by the November 15th deadline.All Furr High School students are eligible to take AP Exams for free and must sign up through their AP class by November 1st. If you have questions please see Mr. Laymon. Please practice and prepare for the exam. More resources can be found under your My AP Planner on the College Board Website.Advance Placement Course Prerequisites & AP Course Descriptions by SubjectENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONSPre-AP English 1Grade : 9thPrerequisite :English 1-Pre-AP is designed to challenge students who show aptitude and achievement in English, while providing an introduction to AP assessments 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 - Pre- APGrade: 10thPrerequisite: English 1 - Pre-APEnglish 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.AP English Language & CompositionGrade: 11thInstructor: Ms. Kessler at Brandie.Kessler@houstonisd.orgAP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level composition course. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style.AP English Literature & CompositionGrade: 12thPrerequisite: AP English Language and CompositionInstructors: Mr. Baggaley at firstname.lastname@example.org & Ms. Morris at email@example.comThe English Literature & Composition course offers college level work to highly skilled and motivated seniors and prepares them for the AP Literature and Composition Test which are administered in May. Students in this course will read advanced literature from all genres and periods of literature, discuss the reading in depth, and evaluate those readings in composition assignments that require critical analysis using types of literary criticism. In addition, students will study advanced vocabulary. Because students in this class qualify for additional grade points, a superior level of performance and motivation is expected.MATHEMATICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONSPre-AP Algebra IGrade: 9thPrerequisite:Pre-AP Algebra I is 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 exponential and logarithmic function, 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 assessments formats and skills.Pre-AP Algebra IIGrade: 10thPrerequisite: Pre-AP Algebra IThis 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.Pre-AP Pre-CalculusGrade: 11Prerequisite: Pre AP Algebra IIThis course is designed to prepare students to proceed to 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 ABGrade: 12thPrerequisite: Pre-AP Pre-CalculusInstructor: Mr. Mohammad at RMOHAMMA@houstonisd.orgThis 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.AP Calculus BCGrade: 12thPrerequisite: AP Calculus ABInstructor: Mr. Mohammad at RMOHAMMA@houstonisd.orgAP Calculus BC is an introductory college-level calculus course. Students cultivate their understanding of differential and integral calculus through engaging with real-world problems represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and using definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions as they explore concepts like change, limits, and the analysis of functions.SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONSPre-AP Biology IGrade: 9thPrerequisite: Teacher or Administrative Recommendation or Parent/Student RequestThe Biology – Pre-AP course is designed to improve process skills in biology with emphasis in current topics. In-depth lab experiments and detailed reporting of observations of integral parts of the course.Pre- AP ChemistryGrade: 10thPrerequisite: Pre-AP Biology IPre-AP Chemistry is designed for college bound students and emphasizes problem solving and experimental design with current chemistry topics.AP Physics IGrade: 11th, 12thPrerequisite: Pre-AP Algebra IIInstructor: Mr. Vachris at GVACHRIS@houstonisd.orgThis 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 successful completion of the Advanced Placement examination in May.SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONSAP Human GeographyGrade: 9thPrerequisite: Pre-AP English & Pre-AP US History 8th GradeInstructor: Mr. Buynar at JBUYNAR@houstonisd.orgAP 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 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.AP World HistoryGrade: 10Prerequisite: Pre-AP World Geography or AP Human GeographyInstructor: Mr. Baker at Ryan.Baker@houstonisd.orgThe purpose of the AP World History course is to develop 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 HistoryGrade: 11thPrerequisite: AP World HistoryInstructor: Mr. Buynar at JBUYNAR@houstonisd.orgAP 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 MicroeconomicsGrade: 12thPrerequisite: AP US HistoryInstructor: Dr. Lee at Emily.Lee@houstonisd.orgAP Microeconomics is an introductory college-level microeconomics course. Students cultivate their understanding of the principles that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers by using principles and models to describe economic situations and predict and explain outcomes with graphs, charts, and data as they explore concepts like scarcity and markets; costs, benefits, and marginal analysis; production choices and behavior; and market inefficiency and public policy.AP U.S. Government and PoliticsGrade: 12thPrerequisite: AP US HistoryInstructor: Ms. Wilhite at MWILHITE@houstonisd.orgThis 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 concept 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 DESCRIPTIONSAP Spanish Language and CultureGrade: 9th -12th Depending on student’s language skillsPrerequisite: Students must have completed Spanish I & Spanish II or be a Native Speaking Spanish Student enrolled currently or previously in Spanish for Native SpeakersThe 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.
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