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AP Courses

Research indicates that the BEST predictor of earning a four year degree is taking an AP class and passing the exam.  Taking an AP course will increase the rigor and skills sets of students, but there is no correlation with earning a post high school degree.

 

Freshmen

AP Human Geography (2530/2531) Length/Credit: 2 semesters/1.0 units Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite:  Teacher or Divisional Recommendation Other info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement The primary goal of this social studies 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 will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.  They will learn about methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  The advantages of the course are based on the National Geography Standards. Upon completion of this course, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam to earn possible college credit. For more information, please contact Lora Sprigings.

 

Sophomore

 

AP Macro Economics (2503/2504) Length/Credit: 2 semesters/1.0 units Grade: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite:  Teacher or Divisional Recommendation Other info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement The primary goal of this social studies course is to introduce students to the driving forces behind financial decision making at both the government and global level.  Students will analyze graphs, calculate shifts and stressors, interpret global policy and financial movements and predict future outcomes based on current evidence. This class can be taken instead of the one-semester Global Economics class. Upon completion of this course, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Macro Economics exam to earn possible college credit. For more information, please contact _______.

U.S. Government and Politics (2506/2507) Length/Credit: 2 semesters/1.0 units Grade: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite:  Teacher or Divisional Recommendation Other info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation The AP United States Government course is designed to be comparable to a college introductory U.S. Government course. Students develop an analytical perspective on the federal, state, and local governments and politics, including a study of general concepts used to interpret government and politics, as well as the analysis of specific examples, i.e., the United States and Illinois Constitutions. Upon completion of this course, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement American Government exam to earn possible college credit.  For more information, please contact Brian Taege.

AP World History (2501/2502) Length/Credit: 2 semesters/1.0 units Grade: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: World History or AP Human Geography, and Teacher or Divisional Recommendation Other info: Due to the rigor of this class, it is not appropriate for freshmen. This course will count toward the World History graduation requirement or the Strand 2 graduation requirement. AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam to earn possible college credit. For more information, please contact Pierre Thorsen.

 

Junior/Senior

 

AP Psychology (2515/2516) Length/Credit: 2 semesters/1.0 units Grade: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite:  Teacher or Divisional Recommendation Other info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Upon completion of this course, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Psychology exam to earn possible college credit. For more information, please contact Sean Begora or Steve Wallace.

 

AP U.S. History (2508/2509) Length/Credit: 2 semesters/1.0 units Grade: 11, 12 Prerequisite:  Teacher or Divisional Recommendation Other info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement The AP United States History course is designed to be comparable to a freshman level college survey course. Students will master a broad body of historical knowledge, analyze and interpret documents, and develop college- level historical writing skills. This class can be taken instead of the US History class. Upon completion of this course, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam to earn possible college credit.  For more information, please contact Rick Hornberg or Shane Leifeld.

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