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A.P. Biology
This course in the life sciences is designed to conform to the standards of the Advanced Placement Program. The course includes thorough treatment of biochemistry, cytology, biological diversity, organismal biology, and population ecology. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for a rigorous exam which may result in the awarding of college credit.

Notes: Dissection may be a part of this course. Students may select an alternative assignment in lieu of actual dissection of an organism.

Prerequisite: Consultation with current science teacher

Grades: 11th &12th     Duration: Year      Credits: 10        UC/CSU: D       CBEDS Code: 2670


A.P. Calculus AB
This course is designed for students who wish to earn college credit in Calculus by taking the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Examination. It is designed for those students who plan to major in mathematics, engineering, computer science, or a math related field. This course covers such topics as: the Cartesian plane and functions, limits and their properties, differentiation and its applications, integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, differentiation and integration of logarithmic, exponential and other transcendental functions, volumes by disc, and cross sectional areas.

Prerequisite: "B" or better in Pre-Calculus 1B or "C" or better Pre-Calculus 1B Honors

Grades: 11th & 12th      Duration: Year      Credits: 10      UC/CSU: C      CBEDS Code: 2480


A.P. Calculus BC
This course is designed for students who wish to earn college credit in Calculus by taking the Calculus BC Advanced Placement Examination. The BC exam covers more topics than does the AB exam and earns more credit at most colleges and universities. It is designed for those students who plan to major in mathematics, engineering, computer science, or a math related field. This course reviews topics such as: Cartesian plane and functions, limits and their properties, differentiation and its applications, integration and its applications. This course also emphasizes integration through partial fraction decomposition, trigonometric integration, L'Hopital's rule, improper integrals, infinite series, Taylor and Maclaurin series and polynomial approximations, parametric, polar, and vector functions, analysis of planar curves in parametric form, polar form and vector form, derivatives of parametric, polar, and vector functions, Euler's method, and slope fields.

Prerequisite: "A" in Pre-Calculus 1B Honors (with teacher recommendation), Calculus 1B Advanced Placement/AB, or Calculus 1B

Grades: 11th & 12th  Duration: Year     Credits: 10      UC/CSU: C      
CBEDS Code: 2481


A.P. Chemistry
This course is designed to meet all of the requirements of the Advanced Placement Program. The course will cover atomic structure and the interactions of combining atoms. Also covered will be the areas of stoichiometry, equation balancing, problem solving, the states of matter, oxidation-reduction reactions, periodicity of the elements, bonding, basic organic chemistry, and environmental chemistry and its impact on the ecology. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for a rigorous exam which may result in the awarding of college credit.

Prerequisite: None

Grades: 10th, 11th, & 12th      Duration: Year     Credits: 10     UC/CSU: D      CBEDS Code: 2671


A.P. English Language Composition

An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program or identification as a G.A.T.E. student. For 3B a grade of "C" or better in the first semester for enrollment in the second semester

Grades: 11th      Duration:  Year     Credits: 10      UC/CSU: B      
CBEDS Code: 2101

A.P. English Literature
An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program or identification as a G.A.T.E. student, and a "C or better in the first semester for enrollment in the second semester

Grades: 12th      Duration: Year     Credits: 10     UC/CSU: B      
CBEDS Code: 2101


A.P. Environmental Science
In this course topics will include global environmental modeling, the cycling of matter and energy, human population dynamics, renewable and nonrenewable resources, environmental quality, and global policies regarding the environment.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology 1A-1B and consultation with current science teacher

Grades:11th & 12th      Duration: Year      Credits: 10     UC/CSU: D      CBEDS Code: 2674


A.P. European History
This course will provide a basic understanding of events, issues, and individuals central to European history from 1450 to the present. The ability to analyze historical evidence (primary and secondary resources) and express historical understanding in writing will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination in European History.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval

Grades: 10      Duration: Year      Credits: 10     UC/CSU: A      
CBEDS Code: 2774

 

A.P. Government
This course is designed to conform to the standards of the Advanced Placement Program and to the standards of the University of California. This course will help students' critical thinking skills, ability to evaluate data, and ability to analyze and synthesize evidence. In addition to discussing the fundamental governmental structures and institutions within the United States, students in this course will analyze the interaction among the branches of government, federal bureaucracy, special interest groups, political behavior, concepts of culture and their influence on government, socio-economic status and political alienation, and analyze the activities of political decision makers. Students are encouraged to take the spring Advanced Placement Examination.

Prerequisite: None

Grades: 12th      Duration: Year     Credits: 5      UC/CSU: A      
CBEDS Code: 2773

 

A.P. Human Geography
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 its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

Prerequisite: None

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th      Duration: Year      Credits: 10      
UC/CSU: A      CBEDS Code: 2777

 

A.P. Physics 1: Algebra Based
AP Physics 1 is based on the College Board's Advanced Placement Standards. It is an algebra-based, college level introductory physics class. It covers Newtonian mechanics, work and energy, momentum, mechanical waves and sound, and simple circuits. 25% of the instructional time is spent on hand-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.

Prerequisite: Completed or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2. Geometry. No prior classes in physics are required

Grades:11th & 12th      Duration: Year     Credits: 10      UC/CSU: D      CBEDS Code: 2614

 

A.P. Physics C: Mechanics 
This course will take students through a second year of physics and prepare them to take the AP Physics C examination. Students will investigate topics in kinematics, Newton's laws, work, energy, power, momentum, circular motion, oscillatory motion, electricity, and magnetism. Problem solving will emphasize the use of calculus. A "hands-on" lab approach will be incorporated to introduce students to laboratory techniques necessary to succeed at the collegiate level. Special projects are included to give students direction over their own study of physics.

Prerequisite: "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in Calculus and consultation with current science teacher

Grades:11th & 12th      Duration: Year      Credits: 10      UC/CSU: D      CBEDS Code: 2673

 

A.P. Psychology
This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of the major approaches to psychology. This includes the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields with psychology.

Prerequisite: None

Grades: 10th, 11th, & 12th     Duration: Year    Credits: 10      UC/CSU: G      CBEDS Code: 2776

 

A.P. Spanish Language and Culture
This course is designed to conform with the general standards of the Advanced Placement program. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills will be refined through the intensive study of literary and practical Spanish written material. Grammatical skills and vocabulary development will be enhanced through compositions, reports, essays, and debates. The course will also prepare the student for a rigorous exam in the spring which may result in the awarding of college credit. This course is communication based and emphasizes collaborative and communicative activities within the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, culture, and learning skills.

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Spanish 3A-3B recommended. A passing grade in 4A is required for enrollment in 4B

Grades: 11th & 12th      Duration: Year      Credits: 10      UC/CSU: E      CBEDS Code: 2275

 

A.P. Spanish Literature and Culture
This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of selected works from the literature of Spain and Spanish America. Students read and analyze literature both orally and in writing in Spanish. This course emphasizes advanced composition, grammar and dialogue focused on the analysis of Spanish literary works representing all genres.

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Spanish 4A-4B Advanced Placement or instructor approval

Grades: 11th & 12th      Duration: Year      Credits: 10       UC/CSU: E      CBEDS Code: 2276

 

A.P. Statistics
This course will cover the following topics: exploring data (interpreting graphical displays of distributions, summarizing and comparing distributions of univariate data, and exploring bivariate and categorical data); planning a study (planning, conducting, and generalizing results from surveys and experiments); producing models using probability theory and simulation (probability as relative frequency, combining independent random variables, the normal distribution, and sampling distributions); statistical inference-confirming models (use of confidence intervals, testing of significance and hypothesis, and appropriate use of the t-distribution). Students will review for the Advanced Placement Statistics Test.

Prerequisite: "B" or better in Algebra 2 or "C" or better in Algebra 2 Honors

Grades: 11th & 12th      Duration: Year     Credits: 10      UC/CSU: C      CBEDS Code: 2483

 

A.P. Studio Art
This course is designed for the highly motivated and responsible student interested in the serious study of art. It will provide an intensive examination of the process and content of visual expression through two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. Emphasis is placed on the quality, concentration, and breadth of the student's production and experiences. The goal of this course is the completion of a portfolio of artwork, which has been produced by the student, the majority of which has been produced this year, for evaluation at the end of the year by a group of artists and teachers. This advanced placement course requires the student to work outside of the classroom and scheduled class time.

Prerequisite: "B" or better in Drawing and Painting 1A-1B or instructor approval

Grades: 11th & 12th       Duration: Year       Credits: 10      UC/CSU: F     CBEDS Codes: 2874

 

A.P. United States History
This course is a one-year course designed to give students a grounding in the subject matter of American history and in major interpretive questions that derive from the study of major themes in United States history. The student will examine United States history problems and topics through specialized writings by historians and through primary source and supplementary readings. Students will be given extensive practice in analyzing historical problems, collecting and sorting information, developing a thesis, and writing essays to communicate conclusions. Students are encouraged to prepare for the Advanced Placement Examination in United States History.

Prerequisite: None

Grades: 11th & 12th      Duration: Year     Credits: 10      UC/CSU: A      CBEDS Code: 2775


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