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    ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

     

     

    Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (AP)               

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and grade of B+ or better in English 11(CP) or C or better in English 11(H)

     

    Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition is designed to be an extremely rigorous exercise in reading, thinking, analyzing and writing.  Although this course is primarily an intensive literature survey, it will provide continued exposure in each of the traditional areas of language arts.  Vocabulary enrichment, composition, speech and college-level study skills will be included.  While a balance between teacher and student activity will be struck, students must understand that they accept a major responsibility in electing this course.  To be successful, students will need to be highly motivated self-starters who can manage independent projects.  Ideally, the course will culminate with the students passing the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.  Students will be required to complete a summer reading list.

     

    Advanced Placement English Language (AP)

    This class is open to juniors and seniors who meet the prerequisites.

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and grade of B+ or better in English 10(CP) or 11(CP) or C or better in 10(H) or 11(H)

     

    Advanced Placement English Language is intended to be a very rigorous exercise in reading, thinking, analyzing and writing.  It is a course that prepares students for the English Language Advanced Placement Examination.  Topics of study include an introduction of rhetorical analysis, elements of argument and analysis of visual rhetoric.  Non-fiction texts (speeches, essays, memoirs, etc.) will be featured, but some relevant fiction will also be required reading.  Students taking AP English must assume a major responsibility to complete work.  To be successful, students will need to be highly motivated self-starters able to manage independent topics.  Students will be required to complete a summer reading list.

     

    French V (AP)

    PrerequisiteB- or better in French IV or teacher recommendation.

     

    French V continues the study of the historical, sequential French and Francophone literature from Louis XVI, Bonaparte, World War I and II.

     

    The study of authentic written excerpts from Balzac, Chateaubriand, Hugo, Verne, Zola, de Maupassant, Colette, Sand, Saint-Euxpéry, et al will be undertaken by the student.

     

     

     

     

    Advanced Placement Spanish Language (AP)

    Prerequisite:  B- or better in Spanish IV and teacher recommendation.

     

    AP Spanish V is designed to cover the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation.  This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.  The goal of the course is to prepare students for success on the AP Spanish Language Exam by further developing their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Through authentic written and audio sources, students will build and expand their vocabulary and grammar skills as well as their abilities to analyze and make inferences.  Furthermore, students will complete a thorough review of grammar and conjugations.  Readings and authentic sources will vary but will relate to the arts, history, current events, literature, culture, etc…of the Spanish-speaking world. 

     

    Advanced Placement United States History I (AP)                         1 unit

    Prerequisite: B+ or better in English (CP) and World History II (CP); B or better in English (H) and World History II (H) and the freshman history teacher’s recommendation; or B- or better in AP Human Geography.

     

    This is a demanding college level course offering of the History/Social Sciences Department, and it is presented in accordance with the requirements of the College Board.  This is a one year course and is the first half of a two year program that seeks to prepare highly motivated students towards successful completion of the U.S. History Advanced Placement exam in the following academic year.  College credit may be extended by participating colleges and universities for successful completion of the courses and the A. P. U. S. History exam.  This course is a chronological study of the events, trends and details of American History from 1490 through 1870.  It uses the historical method and sharpens critical thinking skills through an analytical approach.  Many papers, book reviews and position papers are required.  Students will be required to complete a summer reading list and to attend a minimum of two summer seminars at Mashpee High School and to attend some after school review sessions.  The A. P. U. S. I course is designed for sophomores; the expectation is that successful students will continue with A. P. U. S. History II the following year, then take the College Board’s A. P. U. S. History exam in May of the junior year.

     

    Open to students in grade 10.

     

    Advanced Placement United States History II (AP)                       1 unit

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP United States History I.

     

    This is a demanding college level course offering of the History/Social Sciences Department, and it is presented in accordance with the requirements of the College Board.  This is a one year course that follows successful completion of the A. P. U. S. History I and seeks to prepare highly motivated students toward the U.S. History Advanced Placement exam in their junior year.  College credit may be extended by participating colleges and universities for successful completion of this course and the A. P. U. S. History exam.  This course is a chronological study of the events, trends and details of American History from 1870 through 2008.  It uses the historical method and sharpens critical thinking skills through an analytical approach.  Many papers, book reviews and position papers are required.  Students will be required to complete a summer reading list and to attend a minimum of two summer seminars at Mashpee High School and to attend some after school review sessions.  This course is designed for juniors only and will be available beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year; the expectation is that successful students will take the College Board’s A. P. U. S. History exam in May of the junior year.

     

    Open to students in grade 11 beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year.

     

    Advanced Placement Human Geography (AP)                              1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of World History I and teacher recommendation.

     

    The purpose of this introductory course is to introduce students to the systematic study 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 its environmental consequences.  Students also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  This course provides a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory human geography courses.

     

    Advanced Placement European History (AP)                                1 unit

    Prerequisite:  B+ or better in United States History II (CP) or C or better in United States History II (AP, H) or teacher recommendation.

     

    This is a demanding college level course offered in one year and designed for advanced college placement.  Students will study European continental history from the 14th century to the present, including political developments and traditions, cultural patterns of living, philosophical ideas and warfare.  Students will gain factual knowledge and develop analytical skills necessary for the study of events and problems in European history.  In addition to testing, as with all college courses, there is extensive reading, writing and critical analysis. Course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement European History Exam in May.

     

    Advanced Placement Statistics (AP)                                                                   1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra II with teacher recommendation.

     

    In this course students will learn the fundamentals of probability, descriptive, and inferential statistics.  Numerous distributions will be studied such as the binomial distribution, normal distribution, and the chi-square distribution.  The correlation of variables and linear regression will be covered in depth.  The Texas Instruments graphing calculator will be an integral tool in the student’s study of Statistics.  Culmination of the course will be the AP Examination.

     

    Advanced Placement Calculus (AP)                                                                   1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-Calculus with teacher recommendation.

     

    In this course students will cover the analysis of a function’s graph, limits, asymptotes, and continuity.  Differential calculus will be studied which will include the definition of the derivative, the derivative at a point, and applications of derivatives.  Also, students will study integral calculus to include the Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of integral, and techniques of anti-differentiationCulmination of the course will be the AP Examination.

     

    Advanced Placement Biology (AP)                                                 1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of biology and chemistry. 

     

    This course will follow the standardized AP Biology curriculum.  This intense program will cover the following major themes:  molecules and cells (25%), heredity and evolution (25%), and organisms and populations (50%).  Summer preparation will also be required for this course.  Students will work cooperatively in the lab and develop skills to complete a formal lab report.   It is expected that each AP Biology student will take the AP Biology exam when offered.  

     

    Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP)                                             1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Honors Chemistry. 

     

    The AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of Honors level course in high school chemistry with the recommendation of the chemistry teacher.  The AP Chemistry course is equivalent to the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college.  The recommended mathematics prerequisite for an AP Chemistry class is the successful completion of Advanced Algebra.  It is assumed that the student will spend at least five hours a week in unsupervised individual study.  Summer preparation will also be required for this course.  After school work (laboratory and review) is expected.  Topics for this laboratory-based course will include structure of matter, states of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, reactions, chemical kinetics, descriptive chemistry, laboratory and the basic concepts of thermodynamics.  Students will work cooperatively in the lab and develop skills to complete a formal lab report and organized notebook.  It is expected that each AP Chemistry student will take the AP Chemistry exam when offered.

     

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science (AP)                        1 unit 

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of biology, chemistry, and advanced algebra.

     

    The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world.  Students will identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made.  They will evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing some of the most common environmental issues of today.  The course is interdisciplinary and will cover the following themes: energy in the environment, Earth’s interconnected systems, human alterations affecting the environment, cultural and social context of environmental issues, and human dependence on environmental sustainability.  Students will work cooperatively in the lab and develop skills to complete a formal lab report and organized notebook.  It is expected that each AP Environmental Science student will take the AP Environmental exam. 

     

     

     

    Advanced Placement Physics B (non-calculus based) (AP)            1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of biology, chemistry, and honors physics.

     

    This course continues where honors physics left off in covering the principles of physics.  It emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and proficiency in advanced problem-solving techniques.  Knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course.  Students will work cooperatively in the lab and develop skills to complete a formal lab report.  Summer preparation will also be required for this course.  The five general areas to be covered are:  Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves and Optics, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics.  It is expected that each AP Physics student will take the AP

    Physics B exam when offered.

     

    Advanced Placement/Honors Art Portfolio (AP, H)                       1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Students must have passed taken level one and level two of any art course and/or have recommendation from the art teacher.

     

    Honors Art Portfolio open to juniors and seniors who would like to build their portfolio for college but do not intend to submit to the AP College Board. 

     

    This individualized program is for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art.  The AP Studio concentrates on art projects that demonstrate the competencies expected of advanced placement art applicants as identified by the College Board.  Projects are designed to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media.  Light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means.  AP Drawing Portfolios are made up of three parts:

     

    Quality includes 5 original works.

    Concentration includes 12 original works in slide form.

    Breadth includes 12 works in slide form.

     

    AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam instead students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.

     

    Open to students in grades 11 and 12.

     

    Music Theory II-AP Music Theory (CP, AP)                                  1 unit

    Prerequisite:  B or better final grade in Music Theory I and teacher recommendation.

     

    Music Theory II is a continuation and expansion of the techniques learned in Music Theory I.  Emphasis is on composing, arranging (score transposition), ear training and transcription.  Students will have a long-term project due at the end of each term.  Participants in this class will be encouraged to take the AP Theory Exam.

     

     

     

    Advanced Placement Music Theory         (AP)                                         1 unit

    Prerequisite:  Music Theory I and teacher recommendation.

     

    The AP Music Theory class will be an intense study of music theory following the standardized AP Music Theory curriculum.  It will cover; notation, intervals, scales and keys, chords, metric organization, rhythm patterns, melodic and harmonic dictation, aural skills, composition, figured bass and Roman Numeral progression realization, sight singing and analysis of repertoire.  The class is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam.

     

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