AP Courses

AP English Language and Composition                                  Course # E035

Prerequisite: English II                                                                1.0 Credit

AP English Language and Composition 11 is designed for identified and recommended students.  The purpose of this course is to involve students in the study and practice of writing as well as the study of literature.  Students will perform readings of poetry and prose, work on comprehension exercises and develop thematic analyses of works in all literary genres.  Students will also conduct survey reading of background material on literary time periods, trends, authors, and movements. Multiple selections by the same author will be read for individual group projects or for research- based papers.

Books/ MaterialsLiterature: 50 Essays, The American Experience, Writing & Grammar: Communication in Action (Ruby Level), The Scarlet Letter, Hamlet, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Glass Menagerie.


AP English Literature                                                                   Course # E070

Prerequisite: English III                                                               1.0 Credit

AP English Literature 12 is designed for identified and recommended students.  In this course students will study several novels of various types, genres, and periods; they will also explore short stories, plays, (one by Shakespeare), and numerous poems.  Special preparation for the AP exam will include full scale practice tests.  However, the essay is the primary vehicle of instruction; all students will learn to produce competent literary content analysis and style analysis.  Students will also produce a final research paper. 

Books/ MaterialsWriting and Grammar, Literature, Literature and the Language Arts, Antigone, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Things Fall Apart, Othello, Siddhartha, As I Lay Dying, Heart of Darkness, Ceremony, Hamlet, Billy Budd, and short stories: “The Killers,” “A Rose for Emily,” “Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “Everything is Green,” “ Refresh”, “What You Pawn”” I Shall Redeem,” “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”,” Battle Royal,”andBarn Burning.” 

AP Biology                                                                                       Course # S230

Prerequisite: Biology                                                                   1.0 Credit

This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement examination in Biology.  It is designed for the college bound student who wishes to enrich his/her knowledge of biology and develop more advanced skills and techniques.  It is based on the national Advanced Placement curriculum in Biology.

Books/ Materials: The World of Biology 4th Edition


AP Chemistry                                                                                 Course # S330

Prerequisite: Chemistry                                                                   1.0 Credit

The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses.

AP Chemistry should meet the objectives of a good college general chemistry course. Students in such a course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.

Books/ Materials: Introductory Chemistry, 5th Edition

AP Physics
                                                                                      Course # S420

Prerequisite: Physics                                                                   1.0 Credit

This course is designed for identified and selected students.  The students in this course are expected to take the AP Physics exam.  An emphasis will be placed on the development of problem solving.  This course provides a foundation in physics for students planning further study in the life science, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.

Books/ Materials: AP Physics 5th Edition

AP Government
                                                                            Course # H570

Prerequisite: US History                                                             1.0 Credit

Comparative Government is a year-long survey of six countries and their political systems, as well as the study of globalization and democratization.  Students examine Great Britain, Iran, Nigeria, Mexico, China, and Russia in order to compare the political development, political processes, institutions and public policy of each nation.  Emphasis is placed on recent politics in order to provide ample time for the discussion and analysis of current controversial issues in each country.


AP US History                                                                                 Course # H470

Prerequisite: US History                                                             1.0 Credit

This course presents a high level, systematic study of the United States from a period of time before European explorers came to this country to the present day.  This course is an intense study of the social, economic, and political developments in this country and the relationship of the United States to other countries and of the factors and personalities that have caused this country to arrive at its current status.  Rigorous study is required in order for students to be successful when they are administered the Advanced Placement exam at the conclusion of this class.

Books/ MaterialsThe American Pageant