• Advanced Placement: Macroeconomics
    Advanced Placement Macroeconomics is an advanced study of the behavior of economic aggregates including national income, consumption, investment, foreign trade and the demand for and supply of money. Fiscal (government) and monetary (Federal Reserve) policy attempts to influence these aggregates is a major component of the course material. A reading list and summer thesis may be required. Students must pass the course to receive the state required Economic credit. Students are also required to take the Advanced Placement examination at the end of the school year. Successful completion of the AP exam gives students the potential to receive college credit.
     
    Purpose of Macroeconomics:
    The purpose of an 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. Topics include the study of the following areas:
    �� Basic Economic Concepts
    �� Measurement of Economic Performance
    �� National Income and Price Determination
    �� Financial Sector
    �� Inflation, Unemployment and Stabilization Policies
    �� Economic Growth and Productivity
    �� Open Economy: International Trade and Finance
    Purpose of Microeconomics:
    The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics is to 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. Topics include the study of the following areas:
    �� Basic Economic Concepts
    �� The Nature and Function of Product Markets
    �� Factor Markets
    �� Market Failure and the Role of Government
    Pre-requisites:
    �� Student has completed all grades 9-11 social studies requirements.
    �� Spring semester writing sample.
    Expectations:
    �� Summer book report/research paper relevant to the curriculum.
    �� Extensive independent study and research completed outside of the classroom setting.
    �� Tests, quizzes, readings, research and synthesis of relevant information obtained in and out of class.
    �� Introductory research project required.
    �� Additional research on the Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy is required.
    Advanced Placement: Calculus
    Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important. Topics include the study of the following areas:
    �� Functions, Graphs and Limits
    �� Derivatives
    �� Integrals
    Pre-requisites:
    �� Students should have completed courses equal to four years of mathematics including: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry and elementary functions.
    �� Students should be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions and the graphs of functions.
    Expectations:
    �� Students will be required to complete a summer assignment prior to the beginning of the course.
    �� AP Calculus is a challenging and rigorous course. Students must understand that outside time is required to do well in the course.
    �� Students will be expected to hand in assignments that are neat and organized and on time.
    �� The student’s attendance is critical, however in the event of absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work.
    �� It is the student’s responsibility to come in for extra help when needed.
    �� Attend review sessions prior to the final exam.
    �� Completion of homework that is assigned every night and weekends.
    �� All assignments must be completed even if not turned in for a grade.
    �� At least ½ hour a day of study is expected outside of class.
    �� In order to be successful, students should limit the amount of hours worked at a parttime job.
    �� This is not “just an honors course”. Students must have a strong work ethic, a desire to succeed, the ability to work independently and a commitment to excellence in order to be successful.
    Advanced Placement: United States History
    The AP course in United States History will give students an analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Students will learn to assess historical materials-their relevance to a given problem, their reliability, and their importance-and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented.
     
    Pre-requisites:
    �� Students should have successfully completed Global History I and II with an annual average of 80 or better
    �� Writing sample
    �� Teacher recommendation
    Expectations:
    �� Complete a summer reading assignment with paper attached.
    �� Read the textbook for each topic and complete a study guide for each chapter.
    �� At least 30 minutes per day for daily reading and class preparation.
    �� Purchase a review book.
    �� Attend exam review session.
    Advanced Placement: United States Government and Politics
    The AP course in United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret US politics and the analysis of specific examples. Topics include the study of the following areas:
    �� 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
    Pre-requisites:
    �� Students should have successfully completed United States History and Government
    Expectations:
    �� Complete a summer reading assignment with paper attached.
    �� Complete a book report each marking period.
    �� Read the textbook for each topic and complete a study guide for each chapter.
    �� Complete pro/con reading assignments with attached paper for each topic.
    �� Take part in a class current issues debate.
    �� Purchase a review book.
    �� Attend exam review session.
    Advanced Placement: Physics C
    Advanced Placement Physics is the same level of physics that is required of college science or engineering majors. The course is intended to provide a broad introduction to mechanics at the college level. Students will take the Advanced Placement Physics examination published by the College Board (there is a fee involved) and may receive up to five hours of college credit. Students may also take the Physics Regents examination at the end of the school year. Five lecture periods and 2-3 labs are scheduled per week. Students are not eligible to take the Regents examination if their lab requirements are not met.
     
    Pre-requisites:
    �� Must have successfully completed or currently enrolled in a Calculus or pre-Calculus course.
    �� If taking this course before taking Regents Physics, you must have the instructor’s approval.
    �� Should have 85 or better on Regents Physics exam.
    �� Should have 85 or better for all Math exams.
    Expectations:
    �� 5 hours minimum out-of-class time per week.
    �� Class grades may be lower than previous classes.
    �� Should be able to read at the college level.
    Advanced Placement: Chemistry
    Advanced Placement Chemistry is intended to provide a broad introduction to chemistry at the college level. Students will take the Advanced Placement Chemistry examination published by the College Board, (there is a fee involved), and may receive up to 10 hours of college credit. 10th Grade Students will also take the Chemistry Regents examination at the end of the school year. Five instructional periods and 2-3 labs are scheduled per week. 10th grade students are not eligible to take the Regents examination if their lab requirements are not met.
     
    Pre-requisites:
    �� Successful in Math A and Math B
    �� Regents chemistry exam grade of 85
    �� Sophomores are allowed with science teacher recommendation
    �� Exceptional attendance for lab work
    Expectations:
    �� All enrolled students are expected to sit for the exam
    �� Should be able to read at the college level
    Advanced Placement: Biology
    Advanced Placement Biology is the same level of biology that is required at the college level. This course is intended to provide a broad introduction to biology at the college level. Topics include molecular and cellular biology, genetics, comparative anatomy and physiology, ecology and evolution. Students will take the Advanced Placement Biology examination published by the College Board, (there is a fee involved), and may receive up to 10 hours of college credit. Five instructional periods and 2-3 labs are scheduled per week.
     
    Pre-requisites:
    �� 85% or higher average in Chemistry
    Expectations:
    �� Must complete a summer assignment.
    �� Must sit for exam.
    �� Strong work ethic and desire to succeed for both dependent and independent work.
    �� One-two hours per day will be spent on course work
    �� Should be able to read at a college level.
    Advanced Placement: English: Literature and Composition
    Advanced Placement English is for students who have demonstrated considerable ability in previous English courses. Students will complete college level studies during their senior year. Students will study and practice college level writing and college level studies literature. Students will learn to use the various modes of discourse and recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Through their writing, students will develop and practice various elements of language (connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone). In addition, students will be required to read a variety of literary works to enhance the development of critiquing the elements of language and the quality of literary works. Students will evaluate literary works based on the time frame in which they were written as well as the relationship of the literature to the contemporary experience. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in English in order to earn advanced placement and college credit. The course is recommended for students who will spend considerable time and effort on college level material.
     
    Pre-requisites:
    �� A score of 80 on the ELA Regents exam.
    �� Strong research skills, familiar with MLA Style.
    Expectations:
    �� Participation and attendance is mandatory.
    �� Summer and Vacation reading
    �� Papers: At least one every other week: with multiple drafts and revisions
    �� Novels and Plays: approximately one a month